Event box

You Can Do IT

You Can Do IT In-Person

The goal of the You Can Do IT workshops is for North Carolina public libraries to realize an improvement of the library’s networking capacity by using the Toward Gigabit Libraries (TGL) toolkit to complete a broadband improvement plan and use that knowledge to take advantage of E-rate funding, technology grant opportunities, and the services offered by the NC Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO).

Outcomes for libraries who complete the toolkit and create a Broadband Improvement Plan:

  • Assessment: The library will be able to inventory what technology it has and determine what it needs.
  • Education: The library staff will have a better understanding of terminology to communicate its needs with the responsible party such as an IT department.
  • Advocacy: The library will be in a better position to seek appropriate funding, including E-rate discounts and grants, to meet library broadband infrastructure needs.

Carson Block has more than 26 years of experience as a library technologist and is co-creator of the Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit.  As founder of Carson Block Consulting Inc., Carson understands how technology impacts modern library service design (both physical and virtual) and how to incorporate the right concepts to help a library keep pace with an ever-changing future.  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.

Rowan Public Library
201 W Fisher St, 
Salisbury, NC 28144
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/VVxWQvnLJfRpUYdV9

Lunch will be on your own (not provided at the workshop).

This project/program/service is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
9:00am - 3:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
See Event Description
  In person     State Library of North Carolina  
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Profile photo of Jeffrey Hamilton
Jeffrey Hamilton

Adult Services Consultant
State Library of North Carolina