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We're excited to announce that initial planning for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference is underway. This will be our first biennial conference AND the first hosted by an Instructional Resource Center.

We sincerely thank Dr. Kathy Segers, Director of Accessible Instructional Materials and Outreach Services, Tennessee School for the Blind for being our local host for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference. We look forward to working with you to plan an informative, inspirational, and rewarding experience for all our attendees.

2021 KLAS Users' Conference Dates & Location

I suspect what y'all really want to know is when and where the conference will be, so here you are...

Dates: June 29-July 1, 2021

  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Host: Tennessee Instructional Resource Center at the Tennessee School for the Blind

Also, we've identified a few possible hotels in the area and will be contacting them soon for availability and pricing information. We'll let you know ASAP after one has been selected what our conference hotel and room rates will be.

Thank you to everyone who's already helped get us this far, including everyone on our conference planning committees.

Conference Planning Committees

The Planning Committees for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference have already started meeting, and are looking forward to sharing additional information soon. Below are the current committee members, but we are always looking for additional KLAS Users who might be interested in helping out. You can contact Program Committee Chair Erin Pawlus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Logistics Committee Chair Chandra Thornton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're interested in serving on either. 

Program Committee Members

  • Erin Pawlus, Committee Chair, Arizona Talking Book Library
  • Kathy Segers, Local Host, Tennessee Instructional Resource Center
  • Cyndi Reimer, California Instructional Resource Center
  • Michael Lang, State Library of Kansas, Talking Books Service
  • Katy Patrick, Keystone Systems
  • Drea Ewing Callicutt, Keystone Systems

Logistics Committee Members

  • Chandra Thornton, Committee Chair, Palm Beach County Library System - Talking Books
  • Kathy Segers, Local Host, Tennessee Instructional Resource Center
  • Craig Hayward, North Carolina Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
  • Andrew Shockley, Oklahoma Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
  • John Mugford, New Mexico Library for the Blind & Print Disabled
  • Sarah Smedley, Palm Beach County Library System -Talking Books
  • Kimberlee Hodges, Bayside Area Special Services Library
  • Drea Ewing Callicutt, Keystone Systems

Conference Planning Survey

The KLAS Users' Group officers and Program Committee are working on a conference planning survey that will be sent out in early September to help us bring you the best content in the most useful formats. Please be on the lookout for it and be sure to fill it out once you receive it.

In the meantime, mark your calendar and start planning for next summer in Nashville. We look forward to having you join us!

Tennessee School for the Blind