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.
Katharine Reagor and Miles Lewis
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014
Katharine Reagor, Administrative Assistant in the Library Development and Networking Division, started with the agency in 2007 and held positions in the Talking Book Program before joining LDN in 2012. Known for her ever-cheerful and positive attitude, Kate handles a wide range of duties in addition to understanding the broad spectrum of LDN programs and processes.
Kate’s tasks include massive mailings to libraries, answering a never-ending supply of questions from library staff and assisting with purchasing and other division projects, all accomplished quickly, correctly and efficiently.
Kate is also praised for her distinct ability to find new ways to improve processes within the division. One such accomplishment is the database invoicing of the TexShare program, a critical step in the annual program implementation which needs to be done accurately and on time. Kate’s suggestions streamlined and improved the whole process immeasurably.
Kate was also assigned the difficult task of reconciling FY2013 and 2014 expenditures in the LDN mobile technology program. She carefully sifted through all the documentation and was able to provide clear and useful summaries.
Both of these projects and also her other daily duties affect many constituents across the state and help establish a positive image with our customers.
Stephen “Miles” Lewis, Audio Production Services Administrator in the Talking Book Program, started working in TBP in 1997 at Circulation. He assumed his current position in 2003, about the time that the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress began plans to transition its cassette recordings to digital format.
As the leader of TBP’s Volunteer Recording Studio and Audio Operations, Miles was on the front lines of this transition, creating new policies and procedures, helping staff and volunteers transition smoothly and overcoming documentation and difficult-to-follow instructions on the digital mark-up process for local recordings.
Miles is a recognized authority on recording within the NLS network, which TBP is part of, and is always asked to present at national meetings. At this year’s conference, he will make two presentations.
Additionally, he has been asked twice to beta-test recording software for NLS and is currently in the process of one of those tests. And a real feather in Miles’ cap came when TBP was selected along with eight other talking programs to test-pilot procedures for loading local recordings on to BARD, the national download site for talking book patrons.
Because of Miles’ hard work, perfectionism and technical expertise, Texas was the first state to have a recording pass the tests and to have a recording available on BARD for any patron in the country to download. Furthermore, because NLS staff has so much confidence in Miles’ work, Texas has been given a bye on participation in further pilot testing.