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.
Brenton Day and Mark Ratcliff
Our Employees of the Quarter for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012Brenton Day – Selected by the Employee Recognition Committee as a FY2012 First Quarter EOQ, Brenton Day has distinguished himself as an outstanding member of the Talking Book Program staff.
TBP Division Director Ava Smith notes that Brent “does a superlative job as a part-time Circulation clerk by being conscientious, cheerful, detail-oriented, dependable and always exceeding benchmarks for his position.” His team leaders praise him for his knowledge, efficiency, and positive communication skills and his willingness to jump into help on special projects such as navigating computer systems and recycling rigid disk talking books. One supervisor says that he is “consistently one of the fastest workers, with the least amount of mistakes, while always projecting positivity.”
Brent’s co-workers remark that he is always there to offer a friendly smile and words of encouragement, while also lending a helpful hand. For example, when the old book cart wheels started to squeak, Brent took it upon himself to oil the wheels and remove debris so the carts were as good as new.
TSLAC appreciates Brent for the enormous value he brings to the table. All of his colleagues think he is a pleasure to work with and his positive attitude, great work ethic and dry sense of humor make him a tremendous asset to the Agency.
Mark Ratcliff - Known internally as the “code-talker,” Mark Ratcliff impresses agency staff with his technical expertise and problem-solving skills.
In addition to his work as an Information Resources Technologies Division Linux Systems analyst, Mark is the Talking Book Program automation system analyst. He has been indispensible and instrumental in TBP’s transition to Digital Duplication, Digital Book downloads and the TBP home-grown automation system migration.
Mark installed software needed to duplicate new digital audiobooks and created scripts for automated downloading of BARD digital audiobooks from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website. His coding has allowed TBP to download twenty thousand NLS titles. He has also helped the TBP Recording Studio save time and effort by developing a system to easily move digital master files from the archival repository to the actual duplication workstations. Mark’s expert programming influenced NLS to select TBP as a pilot library for innovations in the BARD system.
Mark’s efforts allowed TBP to cement its reputation for being out in front in network services during the national digital transition.
His colleagues congratulate him for being named first quarter 2012 Employee of the Quarter.