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 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017
Inez Garcia, Office Assistant, Talking Book Program.
Nominated by her supervisor for the tremendous help she provided to TBP in the last quarter as well as the exemplary and efficient completion of her own tasks, Inez is TBP’s Braille Assistant and operates specialized equipment such as a Braille printer. Every quarter, she creates 150 newsletters in Braille as well as requests from patrons, the Disability Information and Referral Center and other state agencies. Inez is very knowledgeable about Braille and is working on her own time to become a Certified Braille Transcriber.
Complicating this effort are the wait-lists to take tests and that NLS recently switched to the Unified English Braille Code (UEB). This means that a lot of the Braille changed, and Inez had to relearn a significant amount of the language. Using special translation software, she edits documents making sure to follow the changes in the UEB code. Inez also helps out with filing and making packets for patrons or assisting the Public Awareness Coordinator. One task she has taken on is prepping and mailing out application requests to potential patrons and so far has sent out 193. Inez’s visual disability does not deter her nor does relying on Capitol Metro buses because her attendance is exemplary. She is also always willing to volunteer at agency-wide events and is a regular in our booth at the Texas Book Festival. Well liked and respected across the agency, Inez is an asset to TSLAC.
Taylor Fox, Reference Librarian, ARIS.
Since joining TSLAC in April 2015, Taylor has made significant contributions to the agency in her role as Reference Librarian and as an active member of cross-agency committees including co-chairing TSLAC’s State Employee Charitable Campaign effort this past fall. A self starter who is calm, confident, and pleasant with patrons and staff alike, Taylor has accomplished much in her short time here.
Within the Reference Reading Room, Taylor established the popular new books display and took over collection management of the Genealogy and Dewey Collections as well as training new staff and taking the lead for the ILL program. Her ability to interpret questions and conduct in-depth searches and effectively and with grace respond to queries whether in writing or in-person is much admired by her colleagues. Outside of ARIS, Taylor served on the TSLAC quality team for customer feedback and helped lead a successful 2016 SECC effort by planning and initiating creative events for staff participation. She also served as her division’s representative on the agency’s annual fundraiser to help needy families. And if that isn’t enough, she serves as the secretary to the Texas Library Association’s Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table. With her friendly and positive attitude and a genuine interest in learning more about our collections, Taylor is a true asset to TSLAC.