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 Employee of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021
Henry Stokes, Library Technology Consultant, LDN.
Henry started work with TSLAC in August of 2008 having heard about his position on an airplane. Yes, that’s right, he was on his way to the ALA Annual Conference and happened to be sitting next to the then State Librarian, Peggy Rudd, who encouraged him to apply for the job. And the rest as they say is history.
Henry’s work has really made a difference for libraries in Texas. He has diligently and quietly over the years helped countless Texas public libraries navigate the complex federal discount program known as E-Rate that provides libraries with discounts on broadband connections so that they can provide essential computer and Wi-Fi access at minimal cost. Henry’s work is guided by his vision for Texas libraries as community technology hubs and he works extremely hard to bring this vision to life.
In addition to providing expertise for TSLAC’s federal funds grants, thanks to Henry’s efforts this past quarter, Texas libraries requested $30.5 million in funding through the recent Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund, a new program in response to the pandemic. Henry has also breathed new life into a TLA technology committee serving as its chair providing programming at the TLA conference and producing a monthly series of tech chats to share best practices and help for members. Called a “quiet hero” by a colleague, Henry is truly valued for all of these accomplishments but also because of his collaboration, humor, and calm, happy manner in which he goes about helping his colleagues and the hundreds of Texas libraries.