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 Anderson and Erica Wilson
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011
JOHN ANDERSON -When the word got out that Archives Preservation Officer John Anderson had been nominated for Employee of the Quarter, accolades streamed in from admirers throughout the agency. The longtime Archives and Information Services Division employee was described as:
- The state employee we should all aspire to be.
- The go-to guy for just about anything.
- One of the reasons this is such a great place to work.
- The quintessential public servant.
- Extremely knowledgeable about Texas history.
- Steadily competent, thoughtful and resourceful.
- Bringing the eye and care of a master craftsman to everything he does.
- An incredibly nice guy.
You get the picture. John was specifically nominated for his work overseeing all aspects of the design and installation of our custom-made lobby display cases, which have proven to be a huge success, drawing hundreds to see our rarely displayed documents.
Much of John’s work brings our archival holdings to life for visitors and patrons through his work on our exhibit committee and the many tours he conducts describing our exhibits, holdings and work. John also coordinates exhibit loan requests and often accompanies objects on their journeys. Under his watchful eye, the Travis letter and Texas Declaration of Independence were exhibited on the House and Senate floors during the current legislative session. John also is called upon frequently to move or fix something or do other odd jobs around the office. Whether planned or last minute, every task is handled with remarkable patience and good humor.
John’s willingness to help is just one of the many reasons he is so beloved; his work makes us all look better.
ERICA WILSON – Undertaking the daunting task of inventorying all the paper, electronic and email records in every common area of the State Records Center is just one of the achievements that earned Erica Wilson recognition as Employee of the Quarter. The administrative specialist in the State and Local Records Management Division, Erica worked one-on-one with several staff members to create a list of all their office, email and electronic records, and engaged with other unit liaisons to help them do their own records inventories for the first time. She also inventoried the division’s shared electronic area and general physical areas. Using a map of the State Records Center, Erica numbered each location and made certain to not overlook any spaces.
As anyone who’s done it knows, inventorying records can be an overwhelming – and not very fun – task, except for those special people who find records management entertaining. Erica’s very hard work produced an excellent picture of what records exist – and where they are – at SLRM. She did an outstanding job.
Erica has always been willing to help any TSLAC staff member out, even on short notice. The Records Management Assistance unit knows this firsthand: they relied on Erica’s willingness to edit and proofread multiple revisions of local government retention schedules. And when the division experienced staff losses last year, Erica not only assumed many of the duties that former staff members had handled, she did so with grace and a positive attitude.