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.
Sandra Burrell and Joyce Spears
Our Employees of the Quarter for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2000
Sandra Burrell, an archives processor at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, is cited for her professionalism and enthusiasm in her job, and for her ability to handle multiple projects. In addition to her duties in processing archives, she has assisted in the hiring process for two positions, trained a new staff member, conducted six major tours of the facilities, and helped plan for two special events. For the past year, Burrell has also served on a volunteer basis as project coordinator for the Sam Houston Center's Liberty County Black History Project, a special effort to collect, document, and preserve the history of the community. The Center serves as a research facility and museum for Southeast Texas, and the grounds are home to a collection of area historic buildings.
Joyce Spears is the reader services librarian for the State Library's Talking Book Program, which provides free library services to more than 25,000 Texans who, because of a visual, physical, or learning disability, are unable to read standard print material. Spears' knowledge of her division and her willingness to help others make her a valued resource in the Talking Book Program. During a recent time of critical staff shortage, Spears served in several temporary assignments, as well as performing her essential duties. She is commended for helping assure that the patrons registered with the Program continue to receive the books they order.