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.
Stephanie Andrews and Christine McNew
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016
Stephanie Andrews, Library Assistant, ARIS.
Stephanie joined the agency in July 2015 and being the self-starter that she is quickly learned the processes and operations of Information Services and now is one of the section’s leaders in training new staff and providing information. She has also become the go-to person that her colleagues seek out for computer related equipment and software questions. Because of Stephanie, new IS employees now have the benefit of computer-based training modules on a variety of topics from genealogy to patron registration that she developed to assist in on boarding new Library Assistants.
That doesn’t mean that she is not available for person-to-person assistance. She is noted for always having time from her extremely busy workload processing hundreds of US documents and shelving thousands of books to stop and help her colleagues. Stephanie also created a spreadsheet for IS staff to track ongoing and current projects which has proven very useful in improving workflow in the section. Patient and helpful, she has a friendly but firm technique for communicating search room rules to our patrons that is respectful yet effective. Stephanie makes work life easier and much more pleasant for her colleagues and our patrons and therefore makes TSLAC a better place for her being here.
Christine McNew, Youth Services Coordinator, LDN.
Christine started working for TSLAC In 1999 and with the budget cuts of 2011 one heartbreaking reality was the loss of funding for youth services. Christine retired at that time and when funding was restored we were lucky to get Christine back on board as Youth Services Coordinator. She is an expert on youth library services and with her knowledge on the trends in the field, her managerial and organizational abilities, we have been able to bring some exceptional programs to Texas libraries.
One example of this is the Family Place Libraries program which supports parents and young children as they learn and grow together. Christine spearheads this program managing the multiple components and complex logistics successfully with the result that the program has been very successful and has resulted in increased funding for some participating libraries from their local governments. Christine has many strengths one being the ability to set a goal and develop a comprehensive program supporting that goal. She is exceptional at analyzing needs, developing plans, and launching programs that meet the needs of librarians and children across the state where she is well known and well respected. One colleague described Christine this way, “Christine has an incredible sense of mission and makes a difference in the lives of young Texans every day.