Library Director – Dave Schroeder
Dave Schroeder is a native of Kenton County. He was named Executive Director of the nationally ranked Kenton County Public Library in April 2007. Dave began his career at Kenton County Public Library in 1986 as a shelver. In 1987 he began working in the Local History Department indexing historic newspapers. He held the position of Archivist for Thomas More University and the Diocese of Covington from 1996 to 2000. Schroeder returned to KCPL in 2000 as the Kentucky History Librarian.
During his term as director of KCPL, Schroeder has completely renovated and expanded the Covington Branch Library, expanded the Erlanger Branch Library, oversaw the construction of a new Administration Center, promoted a nationally recognized workforce development program at the library, and is currently establishing a new branch in the Latonia Neighborhood of Covington.
He serves as President of the Board of the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives, treasurer of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, member of the University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board, board member of the Covington Partners, the Executive Committee of Kids Voting Northern Kentucky, and a member of the Leadership Northern Kentucky Alumni Association Board.
Previously, Schroeder served on the Kentucky Archives and Records Commission (2007-2018). He is the past Chair of the Kentucky Public Library Association. past President of the Kentucky Library Association, and Chair of the Kentucky Public Library Association Advocacy Committee.
Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. He is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2008.
He has won numerous awards including: Public Relations Society of America, Cincinnati Chapter, CEO Communicator of the Year, 2023; The 2023 Kenton County Pioneer Award; Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Community Award 2022; Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Leader of Distinction Award 2019; Thomas More University Alumni Association, Outstanding Professional Achievement Award 2017; Northern Kentucky Education Council 2015 Champion for Education Award; Outstanding Library Service Award from the Kentucky Public Library Association 2014; and the James A. Nelson Advocacy Award for outstanding actions on behalf of Kentucky libraries presented by the Kentucky Library Association, 2012.
He is the author of Life Along the Ohio : A Sesquicentennial History of Ludlow, Kentucky (Little Miami Press 2014), co-editor of Gateway City : Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015 (Clerisy Press 2015) and co-author of Lost Northern Kentucky (History Press 2018).