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.
Stephen Biles and Hai Nguyen
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006
Stephen Biles - In one short year at the Texas State Library, Stephen Biles has made his mark spreading the word about the Talking Book Program. He has made 79 outreach visits either speaking to groups or manning an exhibition space to promote and publicize the Talking Book Program's services. He has created and/or assisted with creating 24 published or broadcast media pieces, and he has resurrected the division's newsletter that is published four times a year reaching 20,000 TBP patrons. Whether organizing a complicated media event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped or manning an exhibit booth, Stephen draws people because of his calm and friendly approach. He always communicates a genuine interest in people be they co-workers, patrons or the general public. He is a frequent contributor to agency-wide events in addition to always being willing to help his colleagues in the TBP. Stephen has been described as a "tireless contributor to the staff effort at the Talking Book Program."
Hai Nguyen - He initiated. He improved. He impressed. As a result, Hai Nguyen, in one year, became an Employee of the Quarter, named for his work as Web Editor in the Library Development division. Recently he was promoted to a new position in Information Resources Technologies where he already has many fans. He's known as a meticulous, diligent worker and a team player and someone who goes beyond the call of duty to accomplish tasks. He's also a pleasure to work with. He made many improvements in Library Development, the very large 400-page online Texas Reading Club, identifying broken links page by page, and suggesting solutions. He has improved numerous online forms and processes. In one instance, Hai took the initiative to plan, create and test an Access form for consultants to request new workshops, complete with built-in due dates and automatic reminders for tasks. "He is always willing to jump in to troubleshoot problems encountered on any of our ongoing applications," a colleague said of Hai. He has been described as a "total asset" to our agency