2019 KLAS Users' Conference

  • 2019 Julie Klauber Award Finalists

    Keystone Systems and the 2019 Julie Klauber Award Committee are pleased to announce the three finalists for this year's Julie Klauber Award:

    • Brenda Boyd, South Carolina State Library Talking Books Services
    • Ruth Hemphill, Tennesee Library for Accessible Books & Media
    • Maggie Witte, Kansas Talking Book Services

    Congratulations to of each of you! You are each a valuable asset to your library and your community. Also, thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination.

    The recipient of the 2019 Julie Klauber Award will be announced in the near future.

  • 2019 Julie Klauber Award Recipient - Brenda Boyd

    2019 Julie Klauber Award Recipient - Brenda Boyd

    The Julie Klauber Award Committee and Keystone Systems are pleased to announce Brenda Boyd, Reader Advisor, South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services, is the recipient of the 2019 Julie Klauber Award. It was an incredibly difficult decision, but we were thrilled to have had three wonderful finalists from which to choose. We look forward to honoring Brenda on June 4 during the Opening General Session of the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference in West Palm Beach, FL.

    This the nomination for Brenda submitted by Denise Lyons, Deputy Director of Statewide Development, South Carolina State Library:

    Reason for Nomination

    One of the most significant events that the State Library holds each year is the TBS Student Art Gallery and awards which is completely organized by Brenda Boyd. Children with different and special abilities, including a large number from the SC School for the Deaf & Blind, create pieces of art which are judged based on different age categories. All staff and people coming to the State Library are eligible to vote. The Director also selects a piece of art as a special recognition. It takes numerous months to plan such an event. There are the logistics of working with the art teachers well in advance of the contest and all the promotion needed to have the numerous selections. They need to be brought to the State Library for voting. After a month of voting, the winners are named in a press release and Brenda arranges the art on the first floor at the State Library, gallery style so that all may enjoy the art. All winners, families, and teachers are invited to the Awards Ceremony along with the TBS Advisory Board, patrons, and supporters. The awards are followed by a reception on the main floor. Staff help Brenda to implement a lovely and touching ceremony with the Agency Director as emcee and a guest speaker from the arts community. All participants receive some recognition. You can see albums of the last two awards here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/scsl/albums/72157679200574414 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/scsl/albums/72157692620252332. Staff attends the event and listens to guests talk about the importance of art for those with vision loss in particular and what inspires the young artists. Brenda coordinates the contest and the award ceremony each year and has done for several years. It is a program that has been copied by other State Library Talking Books Services. Brenda is a very strong advocate for the program and does tremendous work behind the scenes so that on the day of the event, everything looks lovely and runs smoothly. Art is celebrated and the artists and their supporters are recognized. The event is personal and heartwarming, and this spirit, the spirit of Julie Klauber, is in Brenda Boyd.

    Effect on Library

    Brenda’s ability to provide excellent service means that she takes as many calls a day as possible. The Readers Advisors take thousands of calls per month and there are only five RAs on staff. She provides regular and consistent information provided in a kind way to connect with the patron. We receive numerous recommendations from families who lose loved ones that used the service and from patrons themselves. Some comments from recent appreciation letters include “My grandmother is 93 years old and these books on tape are her LIFE,” wrote one patron while another expressed: “Thank you for sending me your Talking Books. They mean the world to me.” Finally, one gentleman in the southern part of the state wrote about his mother who passed, and he said “I want you to know how valuable this service is to those who cannot see.” Even one of our Library Board members recently wrote, “I can’t thank everyone for giving (name) her only pleasure these last several months. She lived with anticipation of the blue boxes in her mailbox. We are HUGE champions for this service.” Patrons sent donations to TBS based on appreciation for Brenda’s service, including one patron who stated they will set up a memorial in their will. This important service, running a special library within a library, is crucial to the culture of the State Library. We believe in serving the underserved and value inclusivity and accessibility in all we do. In the past few years, the TBS team has created a strong outreach program with accessible kits called the technology petting zoo, of which Brenda helps take into the field. They are working across departments to promote the service with the Communications Team and create an accessibility team with the Diversity and Inclusive Services consultant, part of the Library Development staff. These kind of cross-departmental programs are important for Agency staff to learn about the work of Talking Books and the patrons they serve. It is not only a mandate of ours but one we passionately embrace. For many staff, Brenda’s experience on the TBS team often makes her a great representative from TBS for committees and projects.

    Job Responsibilities

    Brenda is a Reader Advisor for the Talking Books Services department. Every day she provides assistance on the telephone to patrons to who call for a variety of services provided by the department. The TBS program is a lifeline for many elderly patrons who only have access to the talking book library (which includes digital and cassette recorders, large print, and braille collections) because it comes directly to their home. Others are restricted by health issues and cannot take advantage of traditional library service. Of the more than five thousand of TBS patrons, 226 are children. Being able to have a reliable system to access the information and connect to patrons preferences is an extremely important part of this very personal service. KLAS is most unique in this way and enables Brenda to be able to have reliable technology and a supportive community that assists the work serving our blind and physically handicapped community. Brenda is an active and knowledgeable user of the system, and participates in ongoing continuing education to increase her knowledge of the system and work of the Talking Books service.

    Additional Comments

    Brenda has been a wonderful asset to this agency, its work, and the work of Talking Books Services. Her dedication is unparalleled. She represents librarianship and its values in the best way, and stands as a model for others in the agency and across all libraries and service organizations. Thank you for your consideration.

  • 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Follow-up Survey

    Did you attend last year's KLAS Users' Conference? If so, please help us dream a little about the future while also sharing your experience from the 2019 conference in West Palm Beach.

    Have you attended one of the Keystone hosted webinars in the past year but did not attend the conference or want to attend a webinar or suggest / attend other off-conference year content? If so, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey – we have questions for you too and the information you will provide is valuable! What will work for you as a means of connecting in the years without a conference?

    We are in the early stages of planning online programming for 2020 and for our 2021 conference and sincerely appreciate your feedback about possible topics for each which…

    …you can add to our 2019 KLAS Users’ Conference Follow-up Survey!

  • 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Menus

    Below are the menus for any meals provided during the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference. We have tried to accommodate specified food sensitivities / allergies. Please contact if you have any questions.

    Tuesday South of the Border Fajita Bar Lunch

    • Southwestern Salad with
      • Black beans
      • Avocado
      • Corn
      • Tomatoes
      • Shredded cheese
    • Marinated grilled flank steak
    • Grilled chicken
    • Sauteed peppers and onions
    • Flour tortillas
    • Chips and Salsa
    • Mexican Rice
    • Beans
    • Churros

    Tuesday Evening Welcome Reception Dinner

    • Paella Valenciana includes:
      • Squid
      • Chicken
      • Fish
      • Mussels
      • Shrimp
      • Scallops
      • Clams
      • Roasted Pepper
      • Peas
    • Paella Vegetariana includes:
      • Green olives
      • Mixed Vegetables
      • Roasted Pepper
    • Green Salad Station with
      • Spring Mix lettuce
      • Tomatoes
      • Cucumber
      • Cheese
      • Olives
      • Sliced Almonds
      • Pecans
    • Bread and Butter
    • Charcuterie Station includes:
      • 11 different kinds of cheese
      • 3 different types of meat
      • Tapas
      • Olives
      • Crackers
      • Fruits
      • Nuts
    • Tea, water, and lemonade
    • Beer and wine

    Wednesday Florida Lifestyle Lunch

    • Fresh Garden Salad with
      • Mixed greens
      • Tomato
      • Cucumber
      • Carrots
    • Choice of Balsamic or Ranch Dressing
    • Blackened Fresh Grouper with a mango salsa
    • Freshly pressed Cuban sandwiches
    • Creamy cole slaw
    • Authentic black beans
    • Fluffy white rice
    • Key lime pie or Strawberry shortcake


  • 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Overview Schedule & Agenda

    Note: These documents are subject to change prior to the conference and you must be logged-in to klasusers.com to access them.

    2019 KLAS Users' Conference Overview Schedule


    Here's the latest overview schedule document for the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference in MS Word and PDF formats now including all general and breakout sessions as well as pre-conference sessions!

    2019 KLAS Users' Conference Agenda


    The conference agenda includes all pre-conference sessions and all general and breakout conference sessions as well as session descriptions, presenters, and locations. It is available in MS Word and PDF format.


  • 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Presentations

    We've uploaded all presentations for the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference submitted to date to a folder on Keystone's Google Drive and are working to link them into the conference app.

    Also, we will be adding a link for each presentation below listed by day:

    Monday Pre-Conference


    General Sessions

    Breakout Sessions


    General Sessions

    Breakout Sessions

    Seminar Sessions


    General Sessions

    Breakout Sessions

    Reference Documents

    KLAS Users Directory
    KLAS v7 System Recommendations
    KLAS Windows Server Requirements
    KLAS Linux Server Requirements


  • Cards, Parking Lots, & Choosing my own adventure? What?!?

    Cards, Parking Lots, & Choosing my own adventure? What?!?

    Just over a week or so ago we published an updated overview schedule and full agenda for the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference. Now that you've had a chance to read it, we'd like to talk about some of the new session offerings for this year that you might have noticed including:

    • Cards & Connections
    • Keystone Answers Your Parking Lot Questions
    • Choose Your Own Adventure

    Confused? Well, today I'm going to take a minute to share some info about each.

    Cards & Connections

    Do you want an informal way to meet other conference attendees?

    Do you like card or board games?

    Well, on Monday night we plan to meet up in the lobby of the hotel for just this purpose. Some Keystone staff are planning to bring versions of their favorite games and invite you to as well. I've already committed to making sure there's at least one Quiddler deck there. We're also planning to have some traditional playing cards available in accessible formats. So, after you grab some dinner Monday night, come meet us in the lobby of the hotel for some fun.

    And if you have fun, be sure to let us know! We can always add another session on Wednesday evening.

    Here's the official description from the conference agenda:

    Join us for an informal gathering where we encourage you to try a new game (or teach others an old favorite) & meet a new colleague. Braille, high contrast, and large print options will be available.

    Keystone Answers Your Parking Lot Questions

    This is a new idea from the Conference Program Committee. There are always times throughout the conference when a question comes up during a session or informal conversation, but either Keystone staff aren't available to answer it right away or the session presenter is pressed for time. In situations like this, we encourage you to write your question down on one of the provided sticky notes and add it to the "parking lot" to wait for an answer. We will review all submitted questions and try to identify and prioritize those we can answer during Thursday morning's session.

    If we don't get to your answer during the session, or it's very detailed and specific to your organization, we will provide you an answer once we're back in the office--so be sure to put your name and email address on the back of your question.

    Choose Your Own Adventure

    You can blame me for this session, which will be held on Thursday afternoon. For a couple of years, we offered an Unconference session where we allowed attendees to identify 4-5 topics that then became the basis for conversation at a designated table. Attendees were able to move between tables and learn more about any topic they might be interested in. This format had its benefits, but we were also concerned that we were spreading things too thin trying to cover all of them. Some tables would sit empty, and some attendees would worry that by sitting in on one conversation, they'd be missing out on another. So this year, I suggested we try a new approach.

    Instead of presenting 4-5 "Unconference" topics, this year we're narrowing the number of topics: we will be seeding some options, then inviting attendees to suggest others, and vote on which will ultimately be discussed during this session. So, like in a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book, the topic(s) to be addressed during this session will be up to you. Be on the lookout for a link to vote, submit your own topic suggestions, and help choose the kind of adventure we will all go on together!

  • Connecting with KLASusers

    Connecting with KLASusers

    Prior to the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference, Katy and I received a request to present about the different ways we send out communications and what platforms are available to users to share info with one another. On Thursday morning at the conference, we shared our "Connecting with KLASusers" presentation on this topic... and we decided to use the presentation as an opportunity to learn just what folks in the audience knew about our communications platforms and efforts.

    Connecting with KLASusersThe agenda of the presentation started with klasusers.com, including the Key Notes blog, various resources on the site, as well as some tips and tricks on navigating the discussion forums. We then took some time to discuss the KLASusers e-list and share info about Keystone's social media presence.

    Also, during the course of the presentation, we had anyone who wished to participate answer questions in a live poll. It was very interesting to see how many folks were and were not aware of who usually writes our Key Notes blog post and what kind of content they wanted to see more of. (And of course, we couldn't help but have a little fun with it.)

     Connecting with KLASusers

    This week we wanted to share the presentation for those who were not at the conference so they have the opportunity to learn about all the different ways we try to share tips, ask questions, and share the latest news about KLAS. Also, we want you to know what communications channels are available to you as a user and how to make sure you're not missing out on important info. You can access the PowerPoint via the below link.

    • Connecting with KLASUsers.com - PowerPoint


    Another great resource to learn about how to stay up to date with the latest blog posts, forum discussions, etc. is the "Tips for dealing with klasusers.com FOMO" Key Notes blog from March of 2018 which including how to subscribe to specific discussion forum threads or categories, "favorite" forum topics, and the best way to find the latest Key Notes blog post and forum posts.

     Connecting with KLASusers

    Please be sure to let us know if you have questions about these resources and / or how to use them.

  • KLAS UC 2019 - How's that planning going?

    KLAS UC 2019 - How's that planning going?

    I pulled out my new 2019 calendar and all of a sudden the next KLAS Users' Conference is THIS YEAR and not NEXT. But, there's no reason to panic because the Program and Logistics Committees have been actively meeting on a monthly basis since last fall and have made some great progress in planning for your attendance. Do you know who those people are and what kind of work they do? First, let's introduce you to the people who are bringing you this year's "Waves of Change."

    Who are they?

    Below are the persons serving on the Planning Committees for the 2019 KLAS User's Conference.

    2019 KLAS Users' Conference Program Committee:

    • Chandra Thornton, KLAS Users' Group Vice President, Program Committee Chair, 2019 KLAS User's Conference Host, Palm Beach County Library System Talking Books Library
    • Erin Pawlus, KLAS Users' Group Secretary, Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library
    • Sue Walker, KLAS UC 2018 Host, Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service
    • Vanessa Meadows, KLAS UC 2017 Host, Georgia Library for Accessible Statewide Services
    • Cyndi Hammonds, California Department of Education
    • Amy Ravenholt, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library
    • Katy Patrick, Keystone Systems
    • Andrea Callicutt, Keystone Systems

    2019 KLAS Users' Conference Logistics Committee:

    • Craig Hayward, KLAS Users' Group President, Logistics Committee Chair, North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    • Sarah Smedley, 2019 KLAS User's Conference Host, Palm Beach County Library System Talking Books Library
    • Nancy Reese, KLAS UC 2018 Host, Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service
    • Andrew Shockley, KLAS UC 2015 Host, Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    • Debbie Martin, Brevard County Talking Books Library
    • John Mugford, New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    • Andrea Callicutt, Keystone Systems

    What do they do?

    The Planning Committees usually meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis depending on what work is currently needing to be done. The Logistics Committee focuses on planning the conference's transportation, catering, registration, welcome reception, and networking excursion. The Program Committee plans the conference content by identifying topics of interest, seeking out presenters, and creating a schedule all while trying to appeal to the varied job functions, skill sets, and learning styles of our attendees. Both pay close attention to the commentary and ideas that arise from previous year's feedback forms and follow-up surveys as they plan. They also look for new ideas that could benefit our attendees and bounce them off one another.

    When an organization offers to host a conference we do ask if a member / members of their staff can serve on each committee the year before, the of, and the year after they host. We also encourage other persons to serve on the committees who have an interest in contributing to the planning of the conference's content or the details of attendees' experiences while there.

    At this time, much of the preliminary logistics planning has been completed and that committee is now focusing on more detailed decisions, such as our reception entertainment and which menus to choose for provided meals. At the same time, our Program Committee has now done a thorough review and discussion of session feedback, sent out a call for proposals, created an initial overview schedule, and will soon be contacting additional possible presenters and finalizing session topics with the goal of publishing the next draft of the conference schedule before January 31.

    If you have any questions about how these committees operate or they work they do, please feel free to contact anyone serving on them. Or, if you are interested in serving on a committee in the future, contact one of your KLAS Users' Group Officers or the current committee chair.

  • KLAS UC 2019 Site Visit Photo Teasers

    KLAS UC 2019 Site Visit Photo Teasers

    Two weeks ago James and I made a trip to West Palm Beach, Florida to meet with Chandra and Sarah from the Palm Beach County Talking Books to begin planning for the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference. For this week's blog post, I'd like to share a couple photos from our trip. To see even more, check out our "2019 KLAS Users' Conference Site Visit" Album on Keystone's Facebook Page.

    On the first day of our site visit, we had a warm welcome from one of the locals in the parking lot of our conference hotel.

    The conference hotel offers some nice creature comforts and amenities to make our attendees stay that much more enjoyable. This is the view of the conference hotel's pool through the lobby windows.

     KLAS UC 2019 Site Visit Photo Teasers

    The historic Lake Worth Casino will be the venue for our Tuesday evening Welcome Reception. Its terraces offer views of both the beach and the intercoastal waterway.

     KLAS UC 2019 Site Visit Photo Teasers

    Chandra and the rest of the Palm Beach County Library Staff are excited to welcome all the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference attendees to West Palm Beach June 3-6, 2019. We hope to see you there!

    KLAS UC 2019 Site Visit Photo Teasers


  • KLAS UC 2019 Special Guests

    Carmencita Mitchell, 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Keynote Speaker

    Carmencita Mitchell, 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Keynote Speaker

    Carmencita, originally from New York, has made Palm Beach County her home for the past 16 years. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Humanities from New York University, an MA in English from St. John’s University, and an M. Ed in Higher Education Leadership from Lynn University. She has taught English Composition, Literature, Business Writing, and Public Speaking at several universities. She was a former faculty member of the American University of Nigeria where she held rank as full-time faculty, Director of the Writing Center, and teacher at the university high school.

    Among her many research interests include: alternative modalities and composition pedagogy, including metaphysics and metacognition, medical humanities, yoga, and somatic studies, the philosophical constructs of the 18th century French Salon, and cultural studies.

    She volunteers at and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches. Carmencita was also appointed by the Palm Beach Board of County commissioners to the Palm Tran Service Board (PTSB)--and its two standing subcommittees--where she represents the disabled community at public meetings on issues of transportation. She has recently been elected Chair of that Board. Carmencita is also a member of the president’s advisory panel for the Hadley Institute for the Blind, where she offers advice on pedagogical improvements for the blind and visually impaired.Carmencita is presently an adjunct professor in the departments of communications, and developmental studies respectively at Palm Beach State College where she holds the distinction as the college’s first, visually impaired faculty member.

    Finally, in addition to her academic pursuits and civic duties, Carmencita is also an approved Silver Sneakers Fitness and dance instructor and holds various certifications in yoga and group fitness as well as certifications in CPR, AED, and First Aid from the American Heart Association.
    In her spare time, Carmencita enjoys yoga and reading Talking Books. She is devoted to the cause of helping the Blind and Visually Impaired community enjoy the “greatest quality of Life”.

    Helene Kaufman Lundstrom, Welcome Reception Entertainment

    KLAS UC 2019 Special GuestsHelene grew up in Bara, Sweden. Singing, dancing, and acting have been a big part of Helene’s life since childhood. She started singing in the church choir at age 11, the choir traveled around the country to perform. Around the same age, she joined a local acting group that worked on acting technique and improv when they had their classes. Helene got her first leading role in one of their musicals at the age of 14.

    At age 14 Helene started taking voice lessons at the University of Music in Malmo where she studied for 3 years. She kept taking voice lessons, studying with 8 different teachers through her years of studying. Her real passion for dance started at age 11 when she started taking classes on a weekly basis, taking as many classes as time would allow :)

    After finishing her performing arts-based high school Helene auditioned for the Ballet Academy in Gothenburg (Musical theater program) and she got in. Shortly after moving back home to Malmo she got the lead role as the Narrator in “Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamboat”, she played the role for 2 years to sold-out houses.

    Helene got her big break as a singer/actress in 1995 when she was hired to do the voice over for Walt Disney’s movie, Pocahontas, in her native language, Swedish. In 1998 Helene was hired for Pocahontas II as well. Helene has also appeared in several episodes of TV's Disney’s Little Mermaid.

    Helene’s passion for all 3 art forms, singing, dancing, and acting brought a clear path to musical theatre.
    Helene’s favorite voice teacher, Jack Abraham, was the one, alongside with acting coach David Brunetti, the ones that started Helene’s journey to the US and the way into the USA was through AMDA in NYC.

    In 2003 Helene met her husband while singing at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL and the following year made the move from NYC to Palm Beach.

    After moving to FL Helene was working in musicals mainly but then moved into more of the band scene and corporate events, some of the places Helene has been seen at is The Breakers, Brazilian Court, The Colony, The Ritz, Hard Rock Casino, Isle Casino, The Addison, Club 21 in NYC and many more places.In 2007 Helene had the opportunity to open for Andrea Bocelli at a private birthday party in Fort Lauderdale.

    Though classically trained, she is truly authentic and comfortable in any genre, pop, jazz, R&B, Broadway and classical. She has been able to be apart of musicals, corporate bands, voice over’s and being a studio session singer. In 2012 Helene was accepted into the Palm Beach Opera Chorus, she spent 5 years with the opera and did 8 operas at the beautiful Kravis center in West Palm Beach.

    Early in her career, the following has been written in the Swedish press about Helene during her run in “Joseph” as the Narrator. “The Narrator, Helene Lundstrom, is blessed with a tremendously beautiful voice. The text is delivered in such a crystal clear fashion that not a single syllable is lost. She commands the stage with a natural, friendly presence.” “The Narrator, Helene Lundstrom, gives a flawless performance with regard to both acting and singing”

    Helene got the Jullan Kindahl Grant in 1995. “Helene Lundstrom, the narrator in “Joseph” received SEK 5000, the reason for choosing her is as follows: An amateur who became a professional through her humble presence and strong charisma”

    Praised by Disney; “Disney translator, Monica Forsberg was looking for new talent for the new Walt Disney movie Pocahontas. Helene was the perfect match. Disney in the U.S heaps praise on the young Swede, and say that she is the best foreign Pocahontas they have heard.”


  • Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    Last week the Palm Beach County Talking Books Service and the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library hosted the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference in West Palm Beach, FL. Attendees were offered hands-on training during the one-day pre-conference and then participated in three days of general and breakout sessions including workshops, seminars, and informal birds-of-a-feather discussions. Opportunities for networking with Keystone staff and other KLAS library staff beyond the official conference sessions occurred during breaks, lunches, the Welcome Reception, and our Thursday afternoon excursion to the Morkiami Japanese Gardens and Museum. Here are some of our favorite photos from the conference. To see more, you can check out our 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Photo Album on Keystone's Facebook page. If you want to share your own conference photos, feel free to upload them to this album on Keystone's Google Drive.

    Below is the welcome slide we used throughout the conference. Drea took this photo from the second-floor balcony of the hotel on Sunday before the conference started--the rainbow seemed like a very lucky way to start the conference!

    Keynote Speaker Carmencita Mitchell talks about the Waves of Change in inclusive library service.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    Katy shares Tips & Tricks for Readers Advisors during a workshop on Tuesday.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    Attendees loved the view from the balcony of the Lake Worth Casino during Tuesday evening's Welcome Reception.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    We offered a choice of a seafood or a vegetarian paella option for attendees of Tuesday evening's Welcome Reception.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    The cooks add shrimp to the paella just before it is served.

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    Drea and Chandra enjoying the Welcome Reception.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    Nancy and Mitake answer the accumulated "Parking Lot Questions" attendees posted throughout the conference.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    James and Chandra got the same wardrobe memo on Thursday. Like minds and such...

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    Excited attendees waiting on the Molley Trolley to head to the Morikami Japanese Gardens & Museum for an afternoon of networking with Keystone staff and other KLAS Users.

    Scenes from the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference

    To see more, you can check out our 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Photo Album on Keystone's Facebook page. If you want to share your own conference photos, feel free to upload them to this album on Keystone's Google Drive.

    Thank you for to all our attendees, speakers, and local hosts, and we look forward to seeing more photos and sharing more info from last week's conference in the near future.

  • T -61 Days and Counting...

    T -61 Days and Counting...

    ...until the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference! It's been a while since I shared a conference planning update, so I thought I'd use today's post to let you know about some of the work your planning committees, local hosts, and Keystone staff have been doing to help make this a great conference for all our attendees.


    Q: What's the easiest way to see all the information on klasusers.com about the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference?

    A: Direct your browser to klasusers.com/UC2019

    This url will automatically take you the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference page with ALL the latest articles about this year's conference. You can sort the list by "Title" or "Modified Date. Also, be sure to filter for ALL articles (from the default 10) to make sure you don't miss something from the second page.

    So, what have our Program and Logistics Committees and the Keystone Staff been working to bring you?


    • Updated the Conference Overview Schedule to list our scheduled pre-conference sessions
    • Published the pre-conference sessions titles and descriptions followed by the link to register

    Conference Sessions

    • Finalized all planned sessions and updated the Overview Schedule
    • Selected our Keynote Speaker


    • Communicating with presenters and moderators about expectations and timelines
    • Creating the PowerPoint template for presentations
    • Finishing the last few session descriptions
    • Discussing technical setup for various sessions
    • Working to open Breakout Session registration in the near future
    • Pushing to complete our full Conference Agenda, listing all session titles, descriptions, locations, speakers, and moderators

    Transportation, Reception, Meals & More:

    • Published an article about Getting Around West Palm Beach during the conference
    • Selected a caterer and entertainer for the Welcome Reception


    • Choosing menus for other provided meals
    • Making travel plans for the Keystone staff attending the conference
    • Creating a list of restaurant recommendations
    • Putting together a Google Map listing local businesses, points of interest, and restaurants, etc.

    But wait, there's more...

    The conference app has been completely redesigned to present more info on an easier-to-navigate platform. Plus, it can be updated during the conference to include all the latest! Be on the lookout for an announcement when it is available, but some things we'd like to highlight from the redesign include:

    • Speakers List & Information Pages
    • Announcements
    • Sessions Listing filtered by Day
    • Information about Getting Around while at the conference

    And here is a sneak preview:

    T -61 Days and Counting... 

  • There's an App For That

    There's an App For That

    Hello, KLAS Users! This week, I am very pleased to introduce: the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference app!

    A lot of work was put into the app this year to make it easier, better, and more useful. We hope it'll be a valuable tool for you as you attend UC2019. And even if you can't join us, the app will allow you to browse through the sessions, download presentations, or find out how to contact the user who presented that session you really wished you could go to!

    You can download the app now (or any time) from either the Google Play store or the Apple App store - just search for "KLAS Users Conference". It should be among the first results, with a green "K" icon.

    The app was designed to be magnification-friendly and screen-reader accessible. If you encounter any accessibility problems, please let us know as soon as possible so we can work on a fix! It should be compatible with all Apple and Android devices, including both phones and tablets.

    Hopefully, everything will be intuitive and easy-to-find while exploring the app on your own. Just in case, and for those who don't have their phones handy to check it out right away, let's take a tour...

    There's an App For That

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    The Home screen of the app allows you to navigate quickly to whatever you need. Open the Menu for useful links, or select one of the options from the bottom navigation tray to open one of the app's "tabs." You can also swipe your screen left and right to move between tabs that way!

    Updates, available from either the menu or the navigation tray, contains the latest information from us and will continue to be updated through the conference with any last-minute changes or useful information. The Updates page itself will include brief headlines, which you can tap to view more information (this format is repeated through the app).

    The latest updates are pulled in every time you open the app, so make sure to close the app when you are done with it.

    Other menu items include Resources, where you'll shortcut links to some of the most useful KLASusers.com articles and a downloadable PDF version of the agenda, Keystone Contact info, and a link to the feedback Survey (so you can let us know about your experience after the conference).

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    The Sessions tab lists the full conference agenda by day. Tap any session to view details, including a download link to the slides or handout!

    NOTE: For now, all download links point to a placeholder, to show where the download links are located and allow you to test downloading and opening slides on your device. Once we start receiving presentations from our speaker, the placeholder links will be removed until they can be replaced with the presentation.

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    The Speakers tab has information on all of our presenters, including both Keystone staff and user presenters. Again, tap any entry to view more information. We hope this will be a great way for (especially newer) attendees to get to know our speakers and enable you to reach out to a presenter if you have questions about their session after the fact.

    Finally, the Map has an embedded Google map with pins on various points of interest, to help you navigate the area.

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    ConfI hope you enjoyed this look at everything the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference app has to offer!

    Be sure to download it to your device(s) so it's on hand and ready to go when you arrive in Palm Beach. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Workshops & Seminars & General Sessions - OH MY!

    Workshops & Seminars & General Sessions - OH MY!

    The KLAS Program Committee has been hard at work and has a new, freshly updated Overview Schedule for the 2019 KLAS Users' Conference ready for you. This is still a draft schedule but has several changes from the version published two weeks ago.

    So, how did the committee get here and what do they still have to do?

    Here's a brief look at our 2019 KLAS Users' Conference Program Committee Planning Timeframe...


    • Establish Committee
    • Set meeting schedule & expectations
    • Begin reviewing feedback from the previous conference


    • Publish initial Overview Schedule with conference framework with no specific session topics or speakers based on info from the site visit, logistics committee, etc.
    • Send out a call for proposals
    • Continue reviewing feedback from the previous conference


    • Continue reviewing feedback from the previous conference
    • Review session proposals as they are received
    • Identify / discuss other possible session topics


    • Finalize list of session topics based on conference feedback, proposals received & ideas presented by committee members
    • Slate session topics based on the type of session
    • Publish updated Overview Schedule with slated session topics


    • Review & Update Overview Schedule document
    • Assign committee member liaison for sessions
    • Refine session titles & descriptions
    • Recruit additional moderators / presenters


    • Continue refining session titles & descriptions
    • Publish the first draft of the conference agenda
    • Communicate deadlines to moderators / presenters


    • Continue communicating with moderators / presenters
    • Review / update Agenda as needed


    • Publish finalized Agenda document
    • Send out presentation template
    • Collect presentations for publication


    • Conference!

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