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On behalf of the Steering Committee, I am happy to announce our keynote speaker for the IUG 2020 conference, Carson Block.

Carson Block has been a library technologist for more than 25 years – as a library worker, IT Director and now a Library Technology Consultant. 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.

Carson’s work includes 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) since 2012 and 2013 (covered by Time magazine at http://techland.time.com/2012/03/11/sxsw-the-fate-of-libraries/). Carson also presented at SXSW Film in 2015 and 2016 and also played as a solo act during the music conference.

Carson is a Director-At-Large for the American Library Association’s Association of Special and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and is a past Chair of ASCLA’s Library Consultant’s Interest Group. He is also a member of the Future of Libraries advisory group to ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy, and a member of the former 21st Century Libraries Committee of the ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP). Carson is also Past President of the Colorado Division of the Public Library Association.

Carson is the author of Library Information Systems (with Joe Matthews; Libraries Unlimited 2019) and Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).

Don’t forget to take advantage of the early bird registration! Available through Saturday, February 29th.

See you in Minneapolis!

Best,

Victor Zuniga
Innovative Users Group | Chair 2019-20


Systems Administrator
Poudre River Public Library District
301 E. Olive St.
Fort Collins CO 80524
(970) 221-6716


vzuniga@poudrelibraries.org
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