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.
Kaelyn Dillard and Len Bryan
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016
Kaelyn Dillard, Research Assistant, ARIS.
When Kaelyn began work here three years ago as a Research Assistant, she set out to methodically learn as much about our archival collections as possible. And although that is a never ending task, she has absorbed and retained an impressive amount of information in a relatively brief tenure. One colleague described Kaelyn’s knowledge of Texas history and archival records as “astounding.” Working in the Archives Reading Room assisting our patrons with their research, Kaelyn’s keen ability to analyze questions, conduct in-depth searches, and effectively convey the results to our patrons frequently garners praise from our patrons and staff alike.
As a member of the agency’s Exhibits Committee, Kaelyn has brought valuable insight to the committee as to the interests of our patrons, helping to select and research items for exhibit and writing display text. She has done a variety of different projects in Archives and Information Services including creating a very complicated spreadsheet to calculate price quotes for printing over-sized archival material and locating elusive census records in the Nacogdoches Archives. Whatever she takes on or is assigned, her supervisor knows that all will be done accurately, thoroughly and on time. And what’s more amazing is that Kaelyn does this all while working on her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, which she will finish this summer.
Len Bryan, school and youth coordinator, LDN.
Len was hired to get our K-12 database program, TexQuest, back up and running while also forging new relationships and collaborations. Len took charge of the dormant program, quickly having it up and running from zero to 90, and all the while also developing a new logo, new informational materials, and forging new relationships and collaborations. As the face of the agency to thousands of Texas school districts and school librarians, Len is driven by his obvious dedication to serving Texas school children which he does with enthusiasm and energy. The agency has regularly gotten feedback from many constituents and organizations that Len is a great program coordinator, great to work with, and doing great things for school libraries. Because of Len’s knowledge of the program and the issues that school libraries face including the trends that could impact TexQuest, the participation level for this program is at record levels. He is in high demand as a speaker for TEA and TLA programs as well as in school districts. His LDN colleagues admire his work style and ethic, his easygoing attitude, and his unfailing sense of humor which one described as “making work seem like fun.”
Always willing to lend a hand be it setting up a stand-up desk or working on a task force, Len has made an impact here and across the state in a very short time.