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.
Jasper Winters and Kathleen Walls
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2007
Jasper Winters - Need someone to come in on Sunday to do a print job or arrive much earlier than regular business hours to deliver documents to legislators? Or need assistance with a special event, or do you just need your routine print work completed quickly and professionally? If so, Jasper Winters, duplication services technician in Administrative Services, is your man.
In just a little over a year, Jasper has "enabled" a large network of dependent people. These people know that when it comes to any task whether it's routine or extraordinary, they can count on Jasper to provide efficient, professional results. Whether it's deliveries to legislators or within the building, print jobs for legislative committee hearings or librarians, Jasper will not only meet your deadline, he will beat it.
"Jasper never fails to be a complete team player. He is always courteous, helpful and knowledgeable," according to Erica McKewen, communications officer. "He works wonders with the meager resources available to the agency in order to produce the best quality products. I've discovered that you can always count on Jasper!" She added that Jasper is committed to quality work and has added greatly to the working environment in the agency.
The Public Information Office frequently needs to print publications in the quickest most economical way while keeping the quality high. Peggy Oster, graphics designer, said that Jasper responds with enthusiasm and great problem solving skills. "He's an expert on the printing equipment and embraces printing and printing equipment with an attitude of 'let's see how far we can push this to get what we want.' "
He "tinkers with the machines, researching their capabilities and once a print job is done, he will do a post-mortem figuring out ways to take print jobs a notch higher in quality output," Peggy said.
There is another bonus with Jasper. "Jasper is fun to work with–he will see the time crunch stress you're under and lighten things up with a joke!" Peggy said.
Lyn Phillips, TBP office technician, agreed. "He is always willing to do whatever he can to make my life and work easier. Just a real nice guy and a pleasure to work with. I'm grateful to have him as a co-worker at the library."
Pamela Rodriguez, HR administrative assistant, echoed that praise. "When you talk to or see Jasper, you can't help but smile because of his enthusiasm and great work ethic."
Kathleen Walls - Versatile, helpful, hard working are a few more adjectives frequently used to describe Kathleen Walls, Reader Services librarian in the Talking Book Program.
Kathleen is praised for her many contributions to the agency. Kathleen has recently been responsible for the day-to-day administration of the highly successful Unabridged program. In the fourth quarter, the program enrolled its 1000th patron, making Texas the leader in the nation for Unabridged enrollment.
"Kathleen's thoughtful and thorough leadership guided this program from its very early pilot stages to its current success. Moreover, Kathleen's role in this program's success was not just in administration. She personally helped patrons use this system, patiently talking with patrons over the phone, walking them through the necessary steps in using the service," according to Sylvia Perry, Bibliographic Control/ILL librarian in the TBP.
The Unabridged program is a pilot project that allows patrons to download books from a large and varied collection onto their home computer, a CD or portable audio device. Patrons using this service can have their book immediately with no waiting for a book to be returned by another patron or for more copies to be made of a particular book.
"The Talking Book Program patrons love Unabridged, and Kathleen's hard work, conscientious planning, and thoughtful handling of the problems that inevitably arise during the introduction of a new program are largely responsible for our patrons' satisfaction," according to Stacey Hathaway-Bell, supervisor of TBP Readers Services.
"Unabridged is only Kathleen's most recent achievement," Sylvia said. "All of Kathleen's work shows the same features that have made the Unabridged Digital Audio Books such a success: competence, thoughtfulness, cooperation, thoroughness and quiet but effective leadership."
Stacey said that Kathleen has helped improve training of new reader consultants and has facilitated communication and cooperation between TBP Reader Services and TBP Automation and Collections. "Kathleen is very professional, yet warm and friendly. She is universally liked and appreciated by the staff in Reader Services. Her quick grasp of new ideas and ability to look at many facets of an issue make her an asset to the Talking Book Program and to TSLAC," said Stacey.
"Kathleen has been the best co-worker a person could ask for. She has a terrific sense of humor, handles even the most difficult or mundane tasks with a smile, and I have honestly never seen her in a bad mood, said Dina Abramson, Disability Information and Referral Center coordinator. "She is an extremely helpful person, and a wonderful listener."