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.
Saidah Ochoa and Reymund Paramo
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014
Saidah Ochoa, As TSLAC’s only Spanish-speaking Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Saidah handles all issues for our Spanish speaking patrons, a task that she accomplishes extremely well despite the challenges of working within a limited Spanish language collection. Always professional but warm and approachable with everyone from patrons, public and staff alike, she is called upon constantly for translations of written materials, Spanish-language recordings, and to work with Spanish-speaking patrons. Saidah has passed the audition to narrate for the TBP recording studio and has recorded her first audio book, now available to be downloaded by NLS patrons across the country and has been downloaded by patrons from multiple states.
Saidah is also the creator and sole facilitator of the TBP’s call-in Spanish language book club, a groundbreaking accomplishment in expanding service to our Spanish speaking patrons. Prior to the book club creation, these patrons had no access to book clubs that accommodated their language as well as their difficulty to read standard print. In addition to choosing the selections, Saidah conducts sessions with poise and confidence. Additionally, she provides technical support to patrons using the BARD download service and has helped numerous patrons overcome their fear of technology and helped them gain confidence in their abilities to acquire books and magazines at will.
Saidah also served for six months as the TBP Public Awareness Coordinator, traveling around the state doing outreach events and excelling at that position also. Is there anything she can’t do? Congratulations, Saidah!
Reymund Paramo, Described as one of the “cornerstones” of the agency, Reymund’s behind the scenes job is a critical one in helping communications and operations for the whole agency. Reymund does it all with efficiency, humor and kind attentiveness.
If someone has a massive mailout, he is available to answer questions, provide supplies and spirit the mailing away to processing as soon as it is completed. Reymund can answer all questions about mail and in the rare instance he can’t, he will get the answer and get back to you, usually before you’ve returned to your desk.
Whenever there is a special event in the Zavala Building, Reymund is ever present to help out. Over the summer, we hosted a special evening event followed by a commission meeting the next day. In the weeks prior to these very high profile events, Reymund’s colleague was on vacation. So in addition to the normal daily duties of two persons, Reymund did all the extra work involved with the events including printing scads of documents, organizing parking and security, moving furniture, monitoring deliveries of equipment and food, regulating room temperatures and just being there, ready to help. After the evening event, Reymund returned to the building to move furniture back.
Reymund truly understands the words “support services” and daily shows it. Someone could be struggling with moving furniture or wrestling with some books or packages. Reymund seems to have a sixth sense and is there to help.