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Keystone Systems wishes to recognize the support that volunteers and staff provide to their libraries each year.  We do so with the Julie Klauber Award.  Each library may nominate one staff member or volunteer. Please use the online Julie Klauber Award Nomination form to do so.

Heather Brown, NC Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, receives the 2017 Julie Klauber Award from Andrea Ewing Callicutt, Keystone Systems.

Award nominees should:

  • Work with KLAS in their daily job functions
  • Show an outstanding service to their library and / or their community in the spirit of Julie Klauber during his / her time with the library.
  • Appreciate and benefit from attending the KLAS Users' Conference.

The selected Julie Klauber Award Recipient will receive a trip1 to the 2018 KLAS Users' Conference in Boise, ID May 8-10.

The finalists will be determined by a selection committee2.  James Burts, Keystone Systems, will determine the winner after consulting the finalists' supervisors.

Printable flyer and online award nomination link:

Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 16

Who was Julie Klauber and why is this award named after her?

Valerie Lewis sent the below text in an email to the klasusers elist on January 24, 2011: 

It has been more than eight years since Julie passed away. Her name comes up every day.....truly, it does. I work with 5 other people who worked with Julie for many years. I sit in the office that was once hers. Her husband and sons are often in my home. I work with her husband Avery, to continue the important work that she and he started many years before I was lucky enough to meet them.

Julie was a librarian, but more she was the truest advocate for access to library programs, services and materials for all, particularly people with disabilities.

In addition to being the librarian for the sub-regional library that served Long Island, NY, Julie and her husband established a non-profit organization that provided information and referral resources for librarians, service providers and individuals living with disabilities.......long before and into the earlier days....of the internet.

Julie spent truly all of her time making sure that people with disabilities had access to information.....all information. She created partnerships with local and national corporations that brought assistive technology to local libraries. She created library resources in alternative formats and worked with libraries and librarians across the country, to promote accessible library services.

It has been my honor to be a member of the Julie Klauber Award Committee. It has given me the opportunity to read about lbph staff and volunteers who create new and innovative ways of making library materials, services and programs accessible to their patrons. Something still so difficult to do, even in these technologically advanced times.

You may think that the daily practices and procedures of operating a library for the blind and physically disabled are hum-drum and nothing out of the ordinary, but think again. It is through the work and creativity of each and every member or your organization, that people with disabilities have access to information....something we treasure so dearly and take so for granted.

On that note, we encourage you to think about how the wheels of your organization turn and who are the people turning it.

With warm regards, 
Valerie Lewis, Director
Long Island Talking Book Library

1 A trip includes one round-trip coach ticket on Delta Airlines from the recipient's nearby major city to an airport near the conference location;  hotel expenses for a single occupancy for May 8-10, 2018. Conference registration fees provided by Keystone Systems, Inc. and meals provided by the conference.   If the recipient needs / desires a travel companion, such a person may be accommodated at James Burs' discretion. 

2  2018 Julie Klauber Award Committee Members include:

  • James Gleason - Perkins Library
  • Kimberly Tomlinson, Wisconson Talking Book and Braille Library
  • Lisa Nelson - Utah State Library Program for the Blind and Disabled
  • Pepper Watson - Oklahoma Library for the Blind, Accessible Instructional Materials Center
  • Valerie Lewis - Suffolk Cooperative Library System Outreach Service Department / Advisory and Outreach Center
  • Sharon Ruda, Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service
  • Teresa Kalber, Colorado Talking Book Library
  • Andrea Ewing Callicutt - Keystone Systems, Inc.