Librarians Explore New Technologies and Service Opportunities at National Conference Held in SC

Talking Book and Braille Librarians from 23 states will gather in Columbia, South Carolina at the 2012 KLAS Users' Conference to discuss how to improve patron service and incorporate new technologies while working within budget and staff constraints.

This year's conference theme, MORE: Dynamic Service in a Changing Environment invites conference attendees to view challenges as an opportunity for creative solutions. Conference sessions include topics on serving patrons in a digital environment, using social media to promote library services, and other emerging software and service trends.

Local author, Carmella Broome, a volunteer and patron of the South Carolina State Library's Talking Book Services (SCSL TBS), will present the conference keynote address. Broome wrote Carmella's Quest: Taking on College Sight Unseen about her experience as a college student who is blind among sighted classmates.

Keystone Systems and the South Carolina State Library will host the 2012 KLAS Users' Conference at the South Carolina State Library April 10-12. Conference attendees spend three days participating in general and breakout sessions and networking with colleagues. Over 50% of this year's attendees will be presenters, panelists or session moderators.

Sandy Knowles, Director, SC State Library Talking Book Services, says the library looks forward to sharing its city and facilities with colleagues from across the country.

Kay Holloman, CEO, Keystone Systems, recognizes the greatest value of the conference. "The KLAS Users' Conference is always a great way for staff from our libraries to come together and learn. Our goal is that everyone leaves the conference feeling they're taking home numerous ideas they can immediately put into practice in their own libraries. With all the open sharing of experiences, there are always good suggestions being shared about how to improve library service and/or efficiency."

The conference will also explore creative ways to use KLAS® (Keystone Library Automation System) to improve the quality of service to patrons with special needs using limited time and resources.

During the conference all attendees participate in:

• One-on-one discussions with colleagues and Keystone staff
• Hands-on Training and seminars led by Keystone instructors
• Opportunities to provide feedback to KLAS developers
• General sessions addressing new features and ways to use KLAS.

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

For more information contact:

Andrea Ewing Callicutt
Keystone Systems, Inc.

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