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.
Ralph Wright and Ann Mason
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006
Ralph Wright - Ralph Wright began with heavy lifting in the stacks as a young man 25 years ago and has worked his way up to Records Center Specialist, a desk job. No matter what the job, Ralph has worked hard every day and earned the respect and admiration of his fellow employees and his customers. His main duty is to process requests of documents for circulation. This means he takes calls, emails, lists and faxes from clients averaging about 80 requests per day. A typical day has Ralph organizing some 250 to 300 items for state agencies and coordinating the deliveries of those items. "Ralph is an approachable, accommodating and dedicated employee. The Records Center Services unit, not to mention TSLAC clients, benefit every day from his detailed approach and his work habits. With his single-handed efforts over the last several years, this department has met and exceeded its goals," according to Neal Chapman, Ralph's boss. In his spare time, Ralph works as a volunteer basketball coach in a local high school program, enjoys custom jewelry and gourmet chocolate and is known as a snappy dresser.
Ann Mason - Ann Mason, a state library employee for only three years, has made a significant contribution and mark on the agency. Ann coordinates the activities of eight diverse TexShare working groups, an advisory board, and three TexShare strategic partners as well as with all 12 of her colleagues in Library Resource Sharing and colleagues in other divisions. She is described as "a jewel" with "unfailing good cheer." Before Ann was hired, the TexShare Databases were free to all the member libraries in the state. Her first task was to tell the membership that they'd have to start paying for the databases. In spite of being the bearer of bad news, Ann remains popular and trusted and has a 99 percent success rate at collecting the fees which amount to $1.5 million annually. "Her ability to coordinate a program literally as big as Texas is truly amazing," according to a colleague. Ann is also known for coordinating her earrings to match her outfit, her interest in women's figure skating, a passion for opera and shopping, bunco and now her Schnoodle.