Our Current Employees of the Quarter
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Employees of the Quarter are nominated by their TSLAC colleagues and are selected by the TSLAC Employee Recognition Committee. Employees of the Quarter are presented with a Certificate of Merit and eight hours administrative leave at the TSLAC Quarterly Awards Ceremony.
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018
Caitlin Burhans, Archivist, ARIS
Known as a hard worker, a problem solver and an expert researcher who is willing to take on additional duties, Caitlin earned accolades from her colleagues for many areas of work that she has accomplished, most recently a huge project preparing items for the Sam Houston Center’s new exhibit in its newly remodeled museum space. Alana Inman, SHC manager, said this was a complicated and arduous process that Caitlin accomplished with extreme attention to detail, a high level of organization, and a very positive and pleasant attitude.
Alana also appreciated Caitlin’s passion and dedication to improve the exhibits any way she could and traveled to Liberty to assist staff and participate in the opening ceremonies. Caitlin has impressed her colleagues in many ways – her investigation skills have helped the Agency recover missing documents, she completed a massive update to the Supreme Court finding aids which has already assisted researchers in locating more recent cases, and she has taken over handling Secretary of State and Ethics Commission archives previously handled by Archivist Tony Black who passed away suddenly last fall. She has also worked extensively on the Civil War muster rolls including updating the finding aids and creating metadata so that their scans are easily available in the Texas Digital Archive. Caitlin’s work is done almost exclusively behind the scenes so staff outside of ARIS are not aware of her contributions, but our patrons benefit from her work every day.
Jonathan Gibbs, Library Collections Technician, TBP
In his 13 years with TSLAC, Jonathan has held many positions, all in the Talking Book Program’s Circulation and in each has mastered the duties quickly to become “highly productive,” according to a colleague. The duplication of audio books is now performed at Circulation with Jonathan assuming the lion’s share of that work in addition to his day-to-day tasks which include cleaning book containers many of which are returned dirty and using a toothbrush and cleaning wipes, Jonathan returns them to usable condition.
Jonathan has mastered the equipment for both duplicating the books and labeling them and in the process devised a system to get 2 labels per line to save supplies. He is quick and thorough in executing the duplication and quality control duties in the production of TBP materials, including for example, 104 copies each month of Guideposts magazine. His Team Lead has never found a mistake in the 2 years Jonathan has held this position. Jonathan’s colleagues notice his dedication, calling him a “cornerstone piece” at the warehouse and one who “shoulders more than his share” as he snarfs his sandwich and shortens his lunch period so he can get back to work. His friendly and engaging manner and willingness to help others learn and get their work done is also much appreciated by his colleagues.