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.
Melanie Saegert and Tamra Levin
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015
Melanie Saegert, Library Collections Assistant, Talking Book Program. In less than a year, Melanie Saegert has impressed those around her with her lightning speed and can-do attitude. Melanie works at the Talking Book’s Circulation section on Shoal Creek Boulevard where the physical plant situation over the last year would have slowed down a normal person but seemed to have the opposite effect on Melanie.
When construction for deferred maintenance began, it soon resulted in no heat through the cold months, no AC through the hot months, many months without indoor plumbing, and all months with no volunteers to help with inspecting audio books. This didn’t deter Melanie who came up with a solution: she lined three books up at a time, and then using a plastic scraper, perfected opening all three at once, doubling the normal production rate. According to her supervisor, this ingenuity and Melanie’s relentless determination helped the team keep up with the remaining cassettes while also allowing hundreds of TBP patrons each day to receive their books, many of them rare or the last remaining copy.
Melanie’s tenacity helps ensure our ultimate goal – getting the right books to our patrons in good condition and in a timely manner. In addition to being efficient, organized, accurate and dependable, Melanie brings a great positive attitude to work helping to create an upbeat positive attitude.
Tamra Lavin, Grants Management Accountant, ADMIN. In her five years with TSLAC, Tamra has always been considered an asset to the agency for her meticulous work and ability to help others in Accounting. With recent changes in federal and state regulations, however, Tamra’s value went from silver to gold, with one employee noting in her support letter for Tamra’s nomination that Tamra is “one of the most valuable employees the agency has.”
During the last fiscal year, the agency received something called “The Super Circular” which sounds like something out of the Hunger Games. Tamra, in rather Catniss-like fashion stepped forward and took aim at the Super Circular, and by aim we mean she researched it and figured out what we needed to do to ensure that the agency follows these new more demanding and restrictive federal guidelines. She worked closely with purchasing, accounting, and division staff in this endeavor and is now one of the in-house experts on the Super Circular. She helped establish a mechanism for FY16 to capture the level of detail in financial reporting required by the Super Circular and also stay within state restrictions. This will save countless hours for staff. In addition to this initiative and her usual skill and attention to detail, Tamra is patient, diplomatic and always ready to help staff or grantees with any issues or questions.