Previous 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.
Kathy Blackburn and Liz Clare
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2005
Kathy Blackburn - When talking about Kathy Blackburn, reader consultant in the Talking Book Program, "always" is a word that comes up a lot. For example, "Kathy always goes above and beyond what is necessary to do her job." "She is always helpful when I have a question and keeps TBP Staff informed on issues that might affect our patrons." "Kathy has always been an inspiration and a big help in understanding (American Disabilities Act) issues," and "she always figures ways around obstacles, even when others can't." Kathy consistently maintains a professional and sensitive tone with patrons and is a steadfast worker. Whether it is the first call of the morning or the last call of the day, Kathy responds to patrons in a manner that assures them that someone who truly cares about them is attending to their needs. Kathy's knowledge about books, world and local events, and especially the issues and challenges of the visually impaired is remarkable.
Liz Clare - Making history come alive online is what Liz Clare does. She's the agency's Digital Imaging Specialist in Archives and Information Services and, in this position, Liz makes material from the Texas State Archives accessible to the public via the Internet, primarily through online exhibits. At this time, Liz has completed nine amazing exhibits, the most recent of which is titled, Fortune Favors the Brave: The Story of the Texas Navy. In addition, she is coordinating long-term projects to digitize several large collections from the Archives, including images of the Republic Claims and Adjutant General Service Records. Liz does an excellent job of researching topics and writing compelling text to provide context for the documents and images that she presents in her exhibits. Many more Texans, and citizens of the world have direct and immediate access to materials from the Texas State Archives because of the work Liz does.