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 2019
Allen Acord-Ramirez – Welcome Desk Receptionist, Executive
Allen was selected as Employee of the Quarter for his terrific work in the lobby greeting everyone with friendliness and professionalism. Allen keeps a sharp eye on everyone ensuring that all who pass through are properly badged including our own staff but is always welcoming, helpful and ready to assist. When a visitor meets Allen, they have found a resource to help them get the information they need or get to their destination whether it is one of our reading rooms or upstairs for a meeting, or sometimes to a completely different building. Allen’s supervisor says thatAllen has brought a sense of calm and trust to the agency. “In his short tenure, he has brought about a noticeable consistency and ease to the agency Welcome Desk operations. Unflagging in his calm and cheery demeanor, Allen is a pleasure to work with and a staff favorite. I have seen him be at ease in some challenging lobby situations and equally at ease doing the occasional work such as stuffing envelopes for mailouts or preparing cutout materials for outreach activities.” One of his colleagues described Allen as “always a positive and thoughtful presence at the Welcome Desk … and, he does an amazing job at reflecting the values and attitudes TSLAC supports: ‘well-trained, customer-oriented staff adhering to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability.’”
Liz Philippi, School Library Coordinator, Library Development and Networking
In 2016 when Liz came on board she joined in progress the statewide effort to revamp the School Library Standards which hadn’t been updated in 10 years, and met this challenge with energy and enthusiasm impressing everyone in LDN as well as librarians across Texas. Liz’s professional knowledge and diplomatic skills helped shepherd the revision work to completion and according to her director, she has raised the visibility of school librarians within the larger educational community positioning TSLAC as a go-to resource for school librarians. Last spring, Liz learned that the Texas Education Agency was meeting to discuss a long-range technology plan for education in the state, invited herself to the meeting, speaking up on the importance of integrating school librarians into the discussion. She ended up on the Advisory Committee and demonstrated how the school library standards can be aligned with TEA’s Long-Range Plan for Technology. Liz’s passion for school libraries and their vital role in education is apparent and she is a tireless advocate for them, logging hundreds of miles traversing the to inform K-12 librarians about the revised standards and the agency’s online database program for schools, TexQuest. Within TSLAC, Liz is treasured by her colleagues in LDN and across the agency. She shares her vast experience and knowledge and effervescent sense of humor with all, and according to a colleague is “exceptionally considerate and giving, a true gem to work with.”