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The Stars of Keystone's Staff - Brian

Our "Stars of Keystone's Staff" series includes some basic info and insight into one of our staff members. We hope these posts will provide you a look into who makes up our diverse, supportive, and knowledgeable staff.

This week's post shares some insider info about our Software Development Project Lead. Read on to learn something new about Brian...

The Stars of Keystone Staff logo

Basic Stats:

Name of Staff Member: Brian White

Year Hired: 2004

Current Job Title: Software Development – Project Lead

Brian and his wife Aimee stand next to one another smiling.

 

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Online Administrator's Training

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.

This transition was not as simple as starting up an online meeting and carrying on the same as we do in person.

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FYI for NLS Libraries - FY2020 Statistics

NLS has requested that we (and the other ILS providers) extract and submit some data for them to review. For each of our NLS Libraries, we will be providing NLS with the following statistical information on October 1.

We will be generating these data files for NLS and submitting the information to NLS directly, so you don't need to do anything. We will also send a copy to each library, so you know what was sent to NLS and can review the data for your own information.

Readership: a list of all patrons that received materials from the library during Fiscal Year 2020. The list will include the Patron PIMMS ID, whether they are marked Individual or Institution, and whether they received at least one of the following during FY 2020:

  • Digital Audio book
  • Hard Copy Braille book
  • E-Braille brook
  • or Network Library collection item

Note that audio and hard copy braille readership activity includes both books circulated by the library and magazine subscriptions sent by NLS. Network library collections include large print books, descriptive videos, and local magazines. BARD download activity is not included, as NLS already has that information.

Circulation: a count of all circulations this year broken out by library and by medium: Talking Books on Cartridge; Hard Copy Braille; and E-Braille on Cartridge. Circulation counts include counts for book/monograph circulation only. Local magazines/serials sent on cartridge are not part of these counts. 

Note that Audio circulations are a count of the number of titles sent on cartridge instead of the number of cartridges sent. Hard copy braille circulations count the number of volumes sent, e-braille is the number of titles sent.

A note about the Readership & Circulation Report: Be aware that the number of people in the Readership list we provide to NLS probably will not match the total from your Readership & Circulation report. The R&C report total includes all accounts that you have updated that year, even if they did not receive something. With that in mind, if you have questions about how these lists do and do not line up with your R&C report, please let us know.

Future IRC User Relevant Events

Today's KeyNotes blog post is all about upcoming IRC / IMC KLAS user-relevant events, including:

  • IRC KLAS Administrator Online Training
  • KLAS IRC / IMC Users' Group Session at the virtual APH 2020 Annual Meeting
  • 10/22/2020 KLAS IRC Users' Roundtable
  • 2021 KLAS Users' Conference

Read on for more details about each of these...

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KLAS at Virtual APH 2020 Annual Meeting

As with almost any other conference this year, the 2020 American Printing House for the Blind Annual Meeting will now be virtual. Also, did you know registration for this year is FREE? Yes, this means you don't have to worry about budget or travel restrictions keeping you from participating this year! If you are an IRC / IMC staff member who has never been to APH, this is a great excellent opportunity to learn more about APH's services and products and network with other IRC / IMC staff.

In addition to the move to an online meeting, the APH staff have also made some changes to the usual schedule. Things are starting a bit later each day to accommodate persons in western time zones and the schedule is a bit more compressed, but many of the typical sessions are still being offered, such as the tours of APH. We're already making plans for the KLAS Users' Group Meeting which will be on Thursday morning of the meeting as usual, but our start time will be a bit later than normal at 10 AM Eastern / 7 AM Pacific.

Do you want to attend the KLAS Users' Group session at the Virtual APH 2020 Annual Meeting? If so, be sure to register and select the KLAS concurrent meeting on Thursday, Oct 8 at 10 AM Eastern.

Unfortunately, being virtual means we won't be able to provide breakfast for our attendees, but we do encourage you to grab a cup of coffee or tea at home and join us for the KLAS IRC / IMC Users' Group meeting. We will share recent updates to KLAS and Keystone services, plans for upcoming development, and provide opportunities for feedback and Q&A. If you have any topics or questions you'd like us to be sure we address, please post them to the klasusers.com IRC / IMC discussion forum and / or email Drea (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Katy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your suggestions.

So remember, if you want to attend the KLAS Users' Group session at the Virtual APH 2020 Annual Meeting, register for the conference and be sure to select the KLAS concurrent meeting on Thursday, October 8 at 10 AM Eastern.

We look forward to "seeing" you there!