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.
John Lowry and Piper LeMoine
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010JOHN LOWRY - The renovation of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building has been very challenging for our staff particularly staff in the Archives and Information Services Division. And as is so often the case when faced with challenges, staff rise to the occasion and meet those challenges creatively and enthusiastically. John Lowry, Library Assistant in the Archives and Information Services Division, has done just that. John is a veteran employee, having worked for the agency since 1987 when he began as a Maintenance Technician at SLRM. He served there for a short time and moved to ARIS.
In addition to excelling at his regular duties in the ARIS Copy Center, John has distinguished himself during the renovation by helping in a variety of ways. Of particular note has been his involvement in relocating, organizing and arranging the Archives historic flag collection including transporting the entire collection to and from temporary storage at the Texas General Land Office, preparing and shipping several flags to the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum for exhibit, and arranging for permanent storage of the collection in the renovated Archives, a complicated process involving planning and logistics
And all during the renovation, John has been unfailingly flexible in accepting emergency assignments from colleagues such as moving furniture, moving boxes of materials and carts of archival materials and books. Probably not a day has gone by over the past two years that John was not asked to do something extra related to the renovation. He has also become someone that other divisions call on for assistance and John has stepped up to the plate every time and helped out.
John has also had a hand in helping Sarah Norris, our new Conservator, move and set up equipment in the new Conservation Lab and again, all done with enthusiasm and a great willingness to help, Sarah reports.
Another area where John has been extremely helpful is using his people skills and his fluency in the Spanish language. He readily volunteers to translate for Spanish- speaking patrons, construction staff and custodial workers. He is known for his humor and easy-going manner that puts people at ease. All of these skills have made him a stand-out in serving our patrons and helping us through the challenge of the renovation and I want to thank him for all his efforts.
PIPER LEMOINE – Noted for being hardworking and always cheerful, Piper LeMoine, publications specialist in the State and Local Records Management Division, has been recognized for the incredible amount and variety of work that she performs with great energy and willing spirit. A month after her arrival at TSLAC, Piper was asked to serve as the agency’s Interim Webmaster, which she eagerly agreed to and she performs the duties of both timely and professionally and frequently is praised for her work in this area.
In the past year, she has assisted TSLAC staff with the online training registration system and online classes for Records Management Assistance; she has redesigned class books and presentations for RMA training classes and standardized SLRM publications; and she continues to redesign Angelina profile templates with other divisions, and to update SLRM’s pages to provide accessibility to publications.
Whenever the agency has special events, Piper readily volunteers to help out and has served on several agency-wide committees for such events. And she always offers her considerable talents to these efforts. For the Literary Landmark event Dec. 3, 2009, Piper created a terrific slideshow that was shown in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building during the reception. In her role as Interim Webmaster, she has created an online slide show featured on the agency’s home page which she updates on a regular basis. Recently, she quickly pulled together a slide show marking San Jacinto Day which she uploaded to our home page for that week.
Piper also created the Records Management Interagency Coordinating Council (RMICC) Website and logo and established GoogleDocs profiles for online collaboration with RMICC members. She also worked with our support group, Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas, to implement the organization’s newly- designed Website, texaslibraryfriends.org. She also helped plan and support the Chili Cook-off fundraiser for Christmas Bureau families this past fall.
It comes as no surprise that Piper is a total team player with a great attitude and is a joy to work with. While she’s doing all that hard work, at the same time, her cheerful attitude is boosting the spirits of those around her.