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2024 KLASUsers' Mini-Conference schedule graphicIn May of 2022, we held the first KLASUsers' Mini-Conference to provide space and time for Keystone Staff and KLAS Users' to connect and learn from one another as well as share / discuss Keystone company updates and KLAS new features, tips & tricks, and new development suggestions. 2024's Mini-Conference will offer all of that and MORE! 

The 2024 KLASUsers' Mini-Conference will be a free, online event accessible via Zoom held:

  • Tuesday, May 14 - 1:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time / 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Pacific
  • Wednesday, May 15 - 1:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time / 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Pacific

Add the event to your calendar now, then review the initial schedule, and submit your registration form. If you use the below "Add to Calendar" button, the day / time of the conference as well as relevant Zoom connection info will be included.


Zoom

We will use one Zoom meeting link with 3 breakout rooms during the Mini-Conference. Attendees will be able to navigate between breakout rooms as they like.

To move between breakout rooms:

  1. Select Breakout Rooms  in your meeting controls.
  2. This will display the list of open breakout rooms including: Glenwood, Raleigh, & Pinecrest
  3. Select the number to the right of breakout room you wish to join, select Join, then confirm selecting Join.
  4. Repeat as necessary to join other breakout rooms.

Zoom Accessibility:

We will have captions enabled, and Zoom provides an extensive list of hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts to help users navigate meetings.

Sessions

This year will again feature sessions with topics of interest for all KLAS Users, as well as more specific Instructional Resource Center (IRC) and Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) sessions. New for 2024 will be two sessions featuring updates from staff of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). 

Session Types:

General sessions will share information and updates relevant to  all KLAS Users, and no conflicting sessions will be scheduled at the same time they are offered. During these sessions, there will limited time for questions and answers.

Workshop sessions are presented by Keystone staff member or a guest speaker. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session. These in-depth presentations share information via different tools such as slides, live examples, and / or user experiences.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BoaF) sessions give participants the opportunity to exchange ideas in a group discussion setting. All KLAS Users are invited to participate in the BoaF sessions they feel are relevant to them. However, we do indicate for each session whether an IRC or LBPD audience might find it more applicable. Topics range from making the most of KLAS features to exploring broader service-related ideas. These sessions are not formal presentations with slides or software demonstrations. Instead, the format is casual and open. Moderators launch the discussion and keep the conversation on topic; participants are asked to come prepared to share and learn.

Tuesday, May 14

This is an initial schedule, and sessions are subject to change. Want to get more involved with the Users' group? Volunteering to moderate a BoaF session is a great way to get started!

 Time

 Breakout Room

 Session Type

 Session

 Speaker(s)

 1:00-2:15 PM ET  Raleigh  Workshop

 Title: KLAS Updates for Library for the Blind and Print Disabled Users
 Description: Learn more details and ask questions about new library for the blind and print disabled focused features added to KLAS since our last conference.

 Katy Patrick, Keystone Systems
 1:00-2:15 PM ET  Glenwood  Workshop  Updates from American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Staff  Anthony Phillips, APH
 2:30-3:30 PM ET  Glenwood  General

 Title: State of Keystone: Company Updates & Highlights
 Description: What has Keystone as a company been up to in the last year?

 James Burts & Drea Callicutt,
 Keystone Systems
 3:45-5:00 PM ET  Raleigh  Workshop  Updates from National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) Staff  Jason Yasner, David Perrota, &
 Justine Walp, NLS
 3:45-5:00 PM ET  Glenwood  Workshop

 Title: KLAS Updates for Instructional Resource / Materials Center Users
 Description: Learn more details and ask questions about new instructional resource center focused features added to KLAS since our last conference.

 Katy Patrick, Keystone Systems

 

Wednesday, May 15 

 Time

 Breakout Room

 Session Type

 Session

 Speaker / Moderator

 1:00-2:15 PM ET  Glenwood  General

 Title: KLAS Users' Group Business Meeting
 Description: KLAS Users’ Group Business Meeting including committee reports, VP election information, future conference discussion, etc. Agenda to be published prior to the conference.

 Traci Timmons, KLAS Users'
 Group President
 2:30-3:30 PM ET  Raleigh  Birds-of-a-Feather (IRC)

 Topic: Census & Yearly Updates
 Description: How do you go about your APH Census process? What tips do you have for keeping track of everything that needs updating at the end of a school year? Come talk about all those annual projects and tasks! 

 Marion Campbell, Keystone Systems
 2:30-3:30 PM ET  Glenwood  Birds-of-a-Feather (LBPD)

 Topic: Reader Advisor
 Description: Reader Advisors, let's use this time to share experiences, issues, ideas, anecdotes, resources, etc. This session will not be recorded, to promote an open exchange of ideas.

 Sara Zapotocky, Arizona Talking Book Library
 2:30-3:30 PM ET  Pinecrest  Birds-of-a-Feather (LBPD)

 Topic: LBPD Reports & Queries
 Description: Whether you are a pro or a newbie, the KLAS Birds of a Feather for Reports and Queries has something for you! Come talk to your Talking Book Library colleagues and get tips on anything from circulation statistics to batch loads. Even if you are a pro, you might learn something new! This session will not be recorded to promote the exchange of ideas

 Lee Anne Hooley, Worcester Talking Book Library & Maureen Dorosinski, Florida Braille and Talking Book Library
 3:45-5:00 PM ET   Raleigh   Birds-of-a-Feather (IRC)  Topic: IRC Reports & Queries
 Description: Do you have a favorite report? A query that made your work easier? Come share with fellow IRC users--and you're bound to leave with a few new ones to try!
 Marion Campbell, Keystone Systems
 3:45-5:00 PM ET  Glenwood  Birds-of-a-Feather (LBPD)

 Topic: Circulation
 Description: Let’s talk about circulation! What tips and tricks can you teach and / or share with your circulation colleagues? What are you interested in learning? Come discuss with fellow KLAS Users. This session will not be recorded to promote an open exchange of ideas.

 Jesse McGarity, Virginia Beach Public Library, Accessible Resources & Services
 3:45-5:00 PM ET  Pinecrest  Birds-of-a-Feather (LBPD)

 Topic: Outreach
 Description: Awareness is a common challenge among LBPDs. Come share the successes you have encountered conducting outreach. What innovative tool have you used that has worked? How are you promoting the support of Reading Disabilities, and what events are you attending that create the most significant impact? This will be an open and frank discussion with the intent to share ideas. 

 Lori Brown, Wolfner Talking Book & Braille Library & Judy Gray, Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library

 

Registration

Registration is not required, but doing so helps us know approximately how many persons to plan on for each session. You will automatically be emailed a copy of your registration upon submission.

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Andrea's Avatar
Andrea replied the topic: #1719 2 weeks 1 day ago
I emailed the Zoom link to registered attendees and added it to the 2024 KLASUsers' Mini-Conference article this morning.
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wforbes replied the topic: #1717 2 weeks 4 days ago
When will the Zoom link for the mini conference be sent out?
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patrick20k replied the topic: #1699 1 month 6 days ago
All sessions will be recorded except for the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. We leave those "off the record" to encourage free discussion. That leaves all of Day 1 plus the Users' Group Business Meeting on Day 2.
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laurenne replied the topic: #1698 1 month 6 days ago
Will this conference be recorded for later viewing?

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