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.
Anne Ramos and Diana Garza
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008
Anne Ramos - Anne Ramos, Library Science Collection librarian in the Library Development division, her customers can be TSLAC staff, librarians, library school students or the general public. Since December of 1980, Anne has served as the reference librarian in the Library Science Collection and her knowledge and customer service skills in this area are unsurpassed. This is her second Employee of the Quarter honor in her career at TSLAC.
"There aren't many people these days that stick to a job for so many years and the institutional knowledge bottled up in Anne is priceless," a colleague said. "She's dug up some real treasures for me and also retains a great knowledge of the new resources, in both article and book form."
Her knowledge of issues in librarianship and resources for addressing them is extensive. "If anyone needs anything or if you have any questions even vaguely related to libraries, Anne has or can get the answers. She's the heartbeat of the library," a colleague said. Anne is a walking encyclopedia of information on librarianship.
Her customers can be TSLAC staff, librarians, library school students or the general public. No matter who it is, all receive the same friendly, patient approach and eagerness to assist them. LD Staff who travel throughout the state or attend conferences constantly hear Anne's praises sung by librarians. Many people across the state appreciate Anne and consider her a treasure.
Diana Garza - Many people in the agency and across the state appreciate Diana Garza, and anyone who works with her, knows she likes to stay busy. As a Reader Consultant in the Talking Book Program, Diana consistently searches for more to do than her required assigned duties.
She also takes on "extracurriculars" such as chairing and/or helping with charitable events in the library. In fact, she seems to materialize wherever a helping hand is needed.
According to TBP Division Director Ava Smith, Diana is one of the TBP's most productive staff members, has been promoted twice in her three-year tenure and always performs at a high level.
"She is noted for always wanting to be busy, and if she finishes her assigned work, she will dig around looking for more to do. She is quick to volunteer for all sorts of tasks, both in and outside of TBP," said Ava. "She is a very caring person and has excellent rapport with her co-workers."
Co-workers view Diana as dedicated and friendly and never complaining. "Every day, she works hard, helps her co-workers out, and is always friendly to patrons. If something needs doing, she doesn't complain about it or try to figure out whose fault it is, she just gets it done," a colleague said.