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.
Sergio Velasco and Darlene Mott
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012
Sergio Velasco - Called the “linchpin” of the Archives reference staff, Sergio Velasco, research assistant, has a knack for research and a passion for helping patrons and co-workers find answers in a sea of resources. For his consistent and dependable service, Sergio was named Employee of the Quarter by the Employee Recognition Committee for the second quarter of FY2012. Always willing to lend a helping hand or a sympathetic ear,
Sergio, who has worked for the agency since 1989, has won the hearts of his co-workers due to his dedication, knowledge and excellent customer service skills.
In September of 2011, Sergio was asked to coordinate and handle the copy service activities of ARIS. Since then, he has cheerfully and efficiently provided more than 35,000 photocopies to patrons and eliminated the photocopying backlog. Most of those copy requests were completed within two working days of receipt. Sergio wins praise for his careful, methodical and steady handling of the fragile documents; in fact, a supervisor notes, “when I think of Sergio’s accomplishments, the phrase — no documents were harmed during the production of these copies — comes to mind.“
Darlene Mott - Darlene Mott of the Archives and Information Services Division goes the extra mile for her patrons and the State of Texas and for that was recently named Employee of the Quarter by the Employee Recognition Committee. This is Darlene’s second EOQ award having been named to the honor in 1993.
In addition to her job duties as ARIS Reference Services Coordinator at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, Mott willingly served as interim manager from September 2010 to January 2012. The addition of this “second” job meant Mott had to supervise the Center’s employees, including the assignment of duties and approval of timesheets and leave requests; oversee the work of contractors performing maintenance and repair on the Center’s seven buildings; complete administrative paperwork, such as statistical and financial reports; and assess the current condition of the Center and its office files in preparation for the arrival of a new manager.
During Mott’s tenure as interim manager, the Center underwent an internal audit to help determine needs and future direction, began to revitalize its museum space, started a reorganization and inventory of the archival “stacks,” and faced the loss of a full-time employee due to budget cuts. While assisting with oversight of these and other projects, Mott continued to provide the friendly and invaluable research assistance to library patrons for which she is known all with a smile on her face. Her co-workers appreciate that she is such a team player who always has time for patrons, as well as her teammates. One colleague notes that “she is the most hardworking, loyal and dedicated employee I have known in any place that I’ve worked, and is the first person I go to when I have questions about any of the collections.”