DPLAfest 2016 has ended
Taking place in the heart of Washington, DC, DPLAfest 2016 (April 14-15) will bring together hundreds from DPLA’s large and growing community for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more. DPLAfest 2016 will appeal to anyone interested in libraries, technology, ebooks, education, creative reuse of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.

Area institutions serving as co-hosts include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To view photographs, recordings, and social media from DPLAfest 2016, visit https://dp.la/info/get-involved/dplafest/april-2016/media/.

Carson Block

Technology Consultant

Carson Block has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 20 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.

From 2011-2012, Carson served as President of the Colorado Division of the Public Library Association, and Vice President from 2012-2013. In this leadership capacity, Carson prioritized bringing people together through transparent technology.

As a staff technology consultant for a regional Library Service System in Colorado, Carson worked with public, school, academic, and special libraries of all sizes on a wide variety of efforts ranging from direct technology support to large-scale projects, and was co-director of a statewide, LSTA grant-funded project to automate a consortium of 40 small and mid-sized libraries throughout the state. The project involved securing reliable connectivity, retro-conversion, ILS and database configuration, and support.

Carson served in multiple capacities as a consultant to the Colorado State Library. His consultation with the State Library began with helping libraries understand and comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act through an informational Web site and public speaking. He has also contributed library technology standards established by the Colorado State Library, and digitization best practices for the Collaborative Digitization Program. Most recently, Carson began on a BTOP-funded network assessment project through the State Library, taking him to 11 libraries in rural Colorado to develop recommendations tailored to each library’s unique broadband and networking needs.

In his role as IT Director for the Poudre River Pub

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Friday, April 15

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