Keystone has offered Administrator’s Training sessions several times a year at our office in Raleigh for many years. Not only does it allow us to give admins in-depth training on their own systems, but it also gives them the opportunity to get to know us and network with a few of their peers as they learn together.
However, we know travel costs are a barrier to some, and others are banned from business travel to North Carolina for political reasons. Then on top of that, we have a pandemic situation. Even Keystone staff isn’t going into the office right now, and we certainly aren't going to ask you to do so. The answer was clear...as much as we love having you in person, it’s time to offer admin training virtually.
To prepare for to offer online KLAS Administrator Training the transition was not as simple as starting up an online meeting and carrying on the same as we do in person.
Read on for more info about what the training offers, upcoming session dates, pricing, and a link to register.
Planning is fully underway for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference. This will be our first biennial conference AND the first hosted by an Instructional Resource Center.
We sincerely thank Dr. Kathy Segers, Director of Accessible Instructional Materials and Outreach Services, Tennessee School for the Blind for being our local host for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference. We look forward to working with you to plan an informative, inspirational, and rewarding experience for all our attendees.
Here's the most crucial information to help you start your planning:
Dates: June 29-July 1, 2021
Location: Nashville, TN
Host: Tennessee Instructional Resource Center at the Tennessee School for the Blind
A statement regarding the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference & COVID-19:
With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you the Logistics Committee is taking the utmost precautions in preparation for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference.
While you have seen information for an in-person conference, the Committee has not ruled out the need to go virtual depending on the pandemic and possible travel restrictions and concerns many of the users may have. Moving forward, the Logistics Committee will continue to monitor the situation and will make a final determination on an in-person, hybrid, or virtual conference by May 1, 2021.
Jennifer Buzolich, President, KLAS Users' Group & Chandra Thornton, Chair, Logistics Committee
Thank you to everyone who's already helped get us this far, including everyone on our conference planning committees.
We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! May you in find joy and warmth in the holiday lights and comfort knowing a new year is just around the corner! From our homes to yours...here's to a cheerful holiday and a fresh 2021!
Our office will be closed Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, 2020 in observance of Christmas. Regular support hours will resume on Monday, December 28, at 8:00 AM ET. The office will also be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Year's. Regular support hours will resume on Monday, January 4, at 8:00 AM ET.
If you need to arrange special support hours for these days, please call or e-mail us as soon as possible.
Staff of Network Libraries for the Blind and Print Disabled using KLAS met for a virtual session on Wednesday, December 2 during the Online National Library Library for the Blind & Print Disabled's 2020 online national confernece. Below is the PowerPoint presentation Keystone shared in both .PPTX and .PDF formats:
"Duplication" is the word of the day / week / month / year for National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled network libraries. Whether you've already made the fundamental shift to providing duplication on demand materials for your patrons or are still trying to make decisions about how to shift your library to a duplication on demand service model, there's many questions, decisions, and challenges faced during the process.
With this in mind, the KLAS Users' Group Program Committee is providing another opportunity for KLAS Users' to come together in a session focused on this topic. Go ahead and mark your calendar now for the upcoming KLAS Users' Roundtable: Duplication on Demand to be held on Tuesday, December 15 at 3 PM Eastern / Noon Pacific.
Note: We expect this session to last two hours rather than the usual one. Also, we plan to record this roundtable and post it to klasusers.com for later reference.