Carson Block has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 17 years. He has
been called "a geek who speaks English" and enjoys acting as a bridge between the worlds of librarians
and hard-core technologists. He has a passion to de-mystify technology for the uninitiated, and to help
IT professionals understand and support the goals of libraries.
As a consultant, Carson is often brought in to help solve complex institutional issues and to help align the library's public service mission with its technology efforts to serve the needs of patrons and staff.
Current projects include technology strategic planning; technology visioning and future-proofing; library service design; facilities master planning; library technology architectural programming and budgeting for new library construction and remodeling projects; facilities master planning; analysis of IT structure and staffing; IT position recruiting, digital cultural heritage projects and more.
Carson is a humorous, energetic and engaging facilitator, and a frequent speaker and webinar presenter for library events and beyond - including bringing messages of library advocacy to South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) In 2012 and 2013 (covered by Time magazine at http://techland.time.com/2012/03/11/sxsw-the-fate-of-libraries/).
Carson is the Chair-Elect of the Library Consultant's Interest Group of the American Library Association's ASCLA division (Association of Special and Cooperative Library Agencies) and a member of the Future of Libraries advisory group to ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy. Carson is also Past President of the Colorado Division of the Public Library Association. Carson continues to advocate for libraries through many activities, including facilitating a group of librarians, archivists and museum workers (#sxswLAM) engaging the technology, film and music communities at the SXSW conference.