Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library (Perkins BTBL) staff member is the recipient for the national library service award..

Raleigh, NC, March 23, 2010 - Keystone Systems, a leading provider of software and services for libraries with distinctive needs, today announced Ron Heaton of Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library (Perkins BTBL) is the recipient of the 2010 Julie Klauber Award.

"I am very pleased to have been chosen as this year's recipient of the Julie Klauber Award. I am sure that many others are more deserving of this award but I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. This is truly a great honor," says Heaton. Heaton was one of four finalists for this year's award. Kim Charlson, Director of Perkins BTBL, nominated Heaton "because of his commitment to getting the job done and going above and beyond the norm. This recognition for Ron is great reinforcement of his growth and commitment to working with staff and serving our readers."

Charlson notes "few people would make a visit to the local post office sorting station in the middle of the night to investigate why digital book containers were getting caught in the sorting equipment. He tracked the digital books with USPS staff through the sorting process and videotaped the blue containers on the sorting line so that we could share findings with NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) for further review."

Heaton has 21 years of service at Perkins BTBL and is now the library's Warehouse Operations Manager. He is responsible for the shipping/receiving unit, book inspection, inventory management, and machine lending. He also supervises seven staff and approximately 50 volunteers, including corporate groups of 30-40 people for one-day intensive book inspection or moving projects.

As this year's Julie Klauber Award recipient, Heaton receives a trip to the 2010 KLAS Users' Conference in Columbus, GA provided by Keystone Systems including airfare, hotel and conference registration fees. At the conference, Heaton plans to "gather information that will help the library in its mission to provide the highest quality services for our borrowers. It will be exciting to discuss the digital roll out and the ways Keystone is helping to make the process go smoothly and efficiently."

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.

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