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Staff Highlight: Henry Stokes

2017 November 21
by Kyla Hunt

As part of our effort to make sure you know who the staff here at the Texas State Library are, we would like to periodically highlight staff members that you may at some point come in contact with! For our latest staff highlight, I interviewed Henry Stokes, one of Library Development and Networking’s Library Technology Consultants.

What are your job responsibilities at TSLAC?
As a library technology consultant, I provide training and consulting for library staff across the state with a focus on emerging technology trends and broadband connectivity.  I manage our Ploud program (“Public Libraries in the Cloud) which provides free websites for 200 libraries in Texas.  I’m also State E-rate Coordinator, supporting our state’s library applicants with the E-rate telecommunications discount program. This year I’m very excited about a brand new program that I’ll be in charge of – “Libraries Connecting Texas”, which provides 2 years of free E-rate coaching help plus subsidy funding so that libraries can get a whole year of an Internet upgrade entirely for free.

Henry StokesWhat project have you been the most proud of during your time at TSLAC?
I loved getting to help launch our “You Can Do I.T.” technology training series for small rural public libraries.  I created  I.T. Heidi, the YCDIT mascot, who is based on World War II’s Rosie the Riveter. For fun, I created an action figure of her so that my fellow library technology consultant Cindy Fisher could take pictures posing with it on the road (like a garden gnome).

What was the last book your read/movie you watched/podcast or song you listened to that you enjoyed?
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. It’s a somber science-fiction survival story featuring weird biotech and a giant flying bear. Coming to theaters in February, look for a movie adaptation of another of the same author’s novels, Annihilation, which I liked even better than Borne.

What is something about you that people don’t know?
Whenever anyone asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always say a time traveler.  I admit it was pretty disappointing when I became old enough to realize the technology wasn’t (ever?) going to be advanced enough for me to choose that as a career. Being a librarian is a great Plan B to fall back on, however!

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  1. November 30, 2017

    Henry is SUCH a gift to TSLAC. I like these highlights!

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