2019 Julie Klauber Award Winner - Brenda Boyd (standing in front of a lion statue)

South Carolina State Library Staff Member Honored with National Community Service Award

Raleigh, North Carolina - May 30, 2019 Keystone Systems and the South Carolina State Library (SC State Library) are excited to announce the Brenda Boyd as the 2019 KLAS Klauber Award recipient. Boyd, Reader Advisor, SC State Library Talking Book Services (SC TBS), was nominated for her service to the library and the greater community including coordinating the annual Student Art Gallery and Awards Ceremony and promoting accessibility and inclusivity through outreach.

Keystone Systems and the Julie Klauber Award Committee will recognize Boyd and present her with a plaque during the 2019 Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) Users Conference opening session in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday, June 4. Denise Lyons, Deputy Director of Statewide Development, SC State Library, nominated Boyd because she has provided dedicated personal service to patrons despite challenges such as a retiring library director and physical office move while keeping the goal of excellent service in the forefront and being a true team player. Lyons feels the award is recognition of the true dedication that she (Boyd) models for others and her impact will be felt by the many individuals in the field who have benefitted from her work in the Talking Books Services department.

For Boyd, the honor reflects the investment the SC State Library makes in its staff. She says the library makes sure each employee has the resources and opportunities to better themselves and their communities. According to Boyd, the Julie Klauber Award is an acknowledgment of that investment and validates the work of the Talking Book Services staff who are committed to supporting and creating a better future for our patrons. Though, she never fails to acknowledge, "It's a team effort."

The Talking Books Services program of the South Carolina State Library has been recognized nationally for some of the innovative and unique programs they host as well as the excellent day to day service provided to patrons, Lyons said. Our agency and our state is very proud of TBS and we are so honored that one of our own team has been recognized for the excellent work and committed service to this program and to the entire State Library.

About the South Carolina State Library:

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies.
Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the State Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources.

About South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services:

South Carolina Talking Book Services maintains an extensive collection of book and assistive devices for individuals with low vision. If you have any questions concerning the Talking Book Services collections, please email us at or call toll-free, 1-800-922-7818.

About the Julie Klauber Award:

The annual Julie Klauber Award recognizes outstanding and dedicated library staff that work with KLAS in their daily job functions and provide exceptional service to their library and the community in the spirit of Julie Klauber. Klauber was a national expert and leader on disability issues. She 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 (KLAS), 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.