Wednesday, September 9 2020

MD Tech Connect Online - Opening Session with Keynote: Carson Block

2pm to 3pm - virtual presentation
Registration link will be here - mdtechconnect.org/

The Future We Make Together
Perhaps the most important quality of a modern library is the ability to pivot -- and to forge ahead with strategic, proactive moves in the midst of troubled waters. Despite the enormity, focus, and often heartbreaking scale of our current uncertainties, in truth, we never really can know what the future will bring. But all libraries – public, academic, special, rural, urban and others – have a shared purpose that is too important to fail. Using humor and compassion — and drawing on nearly 10 years as a library consultant — Carson Block will share the qualities of libraries that thrive despite the obstacles.

Carson will also share some of the results of a library user satisfaction survey (centered on technology topics) that he conducted a few months ago showing what’s working – and what needs a little more love – in library technology.

Bio: Carson has lead & loved library technology efforts for more than 25 years. He has served in leadership positions in ALA ASCLA, ColoradoPLA and others, and evangelizes libraries to SXSW Interactive and other tech communities. Carson is the author of Library Information Systems (with Joe Matthews; Libraries Unlimited 2019) and Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).


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