Raleigh, NC, March 5, 2009 - Keystone Systems, a leading provider of software and services for libraries with distinctive needs, today announced Debra Martin of Brevard County Talking Books Library (BCTBL) is the recipient of the 2009 Julie Klauber Award.
"It feels both humbling and inspiring to be recognized by my peers for such an award," says Martin.
Martin was one of three finalists narrowed down from a field of nine nominees. She was co-nominated by Patrice Johnson of Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center and Theresa Cardone of the Brevard County Talking Books Library.
"Under her management, BCTBL has managed to offer patrons quality library service, averted multiple threats of closure and reduced financial expenditures. Thanks to Debra's hard work, creativity and initiative, the library has thrived under her leadership, despite these serious challenges" according to Johnson.
Martin has taken on additional responsibilities and recruited volunteers to cover vacant positions. She has expanded services including a new quarterly newsletter and programs such as BCTBL Title Pursuers Book Discussion Group, BCTBL Monthly Film and Fun Day, and BCTBL Adult Summer Reading Program.
Martin says this award "will bring much needed recognition and continued support to our department from our library system and the community at large, along with much needed publicity to the Talking Books Program."
As this year's Julie Klauber Award recipient, Martin receives a trip to the 2009 KLAS Users' Conference in San Diego, CA provided by Keystone Systems including airfare, hotel and conference registration fees. "By participating in the conference, I will be able to obtain valuable information and ideas from other libraries and Keystone staff to help enhance our program," says Martin.
The Julie Klauber Award is awarded annually by Keystone Systems to one library staff member or volunteer who works with KLAS in their daily job functions, and who has shown outstanding service to their library and the community in the spirit of Julie Klauber.
The award is named for Julie Klauber who was a national expert and leader on disability issues. Julie 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.
For more information contact:
Andrea Ewing Callicutt
Keystone Systems, Inc.