2015 Julie Klauber Award Winner

KANSAS LIBRARIAN’S INNOVATIVE SERVICE RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL LIBRARY AWARD

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Raleigh, North Carolina – April 21, 2015 –  Keystone Systems and the NorthWest Kansas Library System (NWKLS)  are happy to announce Mary Boller as the 2015 Julie Klauber Award Honoree. As the Children’s, Youth, and Talking Book Consultant for NWKLS, Boller divides her time between serving children and serving patrons who are visually impaired and / or physically handicapped.

As this year’s award recipient, Boller receives a trip to the 2015 KLAS Users’ Conference provided by Keystone Systems. At the conference, Boller will have opportunities to network with other Talking Book and Braille librarians attend sessions about using KLAS to improve patron service, and share her enthusiasm for providing accessible library services. Kay Holloman, CEO, Keystone Systems, will recognize Boller and present her with a plaque during the conference’s opening general session.

George Seamon, NWKLS Director, says Boller is “always looking for innovative ways to serve every member of our community. She believes that everyone from one month to 120 years old should receive library services.” For example, she created a rotation collection and accessible activity kits as a pilot project for three area nursing homes and used the delivery of the collections as an opportunity for outreach.

NWKLS’s provides services to rural populations in 10 counties not served by a local library. Boller says, “The continued collaboration between the State Library Talking Books division and our system, has allowed patrons in the rural, outlying areas of Kansas, to receive the same attention and services that are afforded the larger regions of our state. Receipt of the Julie Klauber Award, is a validation that our Taking Books services are reaching all of those who truly need us.”

About the Julie Klauber Award:

The annual Julie Klauber Award recognizes outstanding and dedicated library staff that work with KLAS in their daily job functions and provide exceptional service to their library and the community in the spirit of Julie Klauber. Klauber was a national expert and leader on disability issues. She served as the director of Talking Books Plus library in Suffolk County, NY, and authored several articles on library resources and services for people with disabilities.

About Keystone Systems:

Keystone Systems, Inc., a leading provider of accessible library software since 1983, provides software and service solutions to libraries with complex demands. Keystone developers have created a powerful, yet elegant library automation system, which has the flexibility to meet specific needs of special, academic, and public libraries. For more information about Keystone Systems or KLAS, visit www.klas.com.