Our Current 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.
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018
Gary DeVries, Audio Technician, TBP
Gary has been at TSLAC since 2007 and a year after he was hired was awarded Employee of the Quarter for his accurate and highly productive work in the Texas Publications Depository. Since 2011 Gary has worked in the Volunteer Recording Studio and has applied the same high standards to this position as he did in the Depository program. Gary is responsible for digitizing old analog recordings which entails taking a reel to reel tape master recording and converting it to a digital computer file, a delicate operation as many recordings are old, fragile and likely to break or disintegrate.
Once Gary has digitized the recording into raw audio files, he does cleanup by removing background noises and then processes the recording so that a new master recording can be produced. Gary is skilled in the post-production audio mastering software as well as the navigational markup software that enables us to make the digital books more navigable and often has insightful suggestions for how to best mark up recordings. He is also a whiz with electronic and mechanical devices and has helped many times in repairing equipment. Gary also works with the studio volunteers, serving as a monitor in weekly sessions, and is often sought after by volunteers for help. And finally, Gary’s colleagues as well as those who know him throughout the agency, can tell you he is one of the most cheerful, helpful, and considerate employees and we are lucky to have him. Congratulations, Gary!
Jennifer Ronsen, Collections and Automation Administrator, TBP
In 2009 Jennifer was named Employee of the Quarter for single handedly taking on responsibility for TBP’s homegrown automated system even though her background is not computer science. Her Herculean work in the almost ten-year quest for a new automation system has earned her another EOQ. After some fits and starts and many frustrations along the way TSLAC embarked on building its own system, a vendor was selected, and Jennifer became the project lead.
Two years into the project, with costs spiraling, the project was shut down. Shortly after NLS upgraded its system and allowed TBP to make modifications for its own system and Jennifer, willing to take on the project again and now very experienced in this area, took on the WebREADS project. The vendor appreciated having someone who understood the automation side as well as someone who could muster and steer TBP staff in research, cleanup, meeting deadlines, and being trained. Jennifer worked tirelessly and efficiently and developed a variety of tools to track changes in processes, procedures, timelines and problem reporting and resolution. Jennifer came to be regarded as a trusted leader which certainly helped in the success of the project. TBP Director Ava Smith said she has never seen a staffer who “worked harder, endured more, or is more deserving of recognition for an almost endless project” than Jennifer. Congratulations, Jennifer!