Carson Block has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 15 years. His efforts at his first library position at the Loveland, Colorado Public Library (beginning in 1994) resulted in the first broadband Internet connection and public access computers for the library. The line was also the first major Internet connection for the city government complex of Loveland!
Carson brings a user-centered technological perspective, with an emphasis on solutions that are both transparent and powerful, with some “gee whiz” thrown into the mix.
Carson’s passions include leading technology visioning and planning, creating highly-functional work groups, technical design (including infrastructure, RFID, points of self-service, and more), and project management with a focus on technology solutions that powerfully serve the impacts each library has in the community it serves.
Current consulting projects include library construction projects; technology program planning and budgeting; facilities master planning; IT department gap analysis; executive coaching; IT Manager search services; workshops for organizational technology visioning; and more. Carson is also teaching a library technology management class accredited by the American Library Association.
Carson is an energetic and engaging facilitator, and is a frequent speaker at library conferences. Current presentations include a 2012 solo panel at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) (covered by Time magazine here); a series of eBook webinars for the Public Library Association and an American Library Association-accredited class on Technology Management for library administrators. Carson has also spoken at a number of Ignite presentations, with topics from QR Codes in libraries to another passion – building mountain bikes. Other presentations include RFID; security best practices; project management, and library technology management issues including leadership and technology planning. Carson believes libraries — all the way down to his skivvies.
In 2011, Carson was elected President of the Colorado Division of the Public Library Association, and has prioritized bringing people together through transparent technology as a primary goal during his term.