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.
Maria Barker and Katherine Adelberg
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017
Maria Barker, Library Assistant
In the short year that Maria has been working at TSLAC, she has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues for the quiet but industrious way she goes about solving problems and making the workplace more efficient and “greener.” Known as a hard worker with a droll sense of humor, Maria created reusable easy to use color coded labels for Interlibrary Loan. Maria also actually sorts through the scrap paper left behind by patrons, a salvage process that helps save money and resources. Maria works on all aspects of Interlibrary Loan for ARIS, processing incoming and outgoing requests and in her quest to make things more efficient and timely, has reorganized the ILL mailing area for maximum efficiency and has also trained other Library Assistants in the ILL process. And she created a new spreadsheet to more efficiently tabulate ILL statistics, helped update the ILL procedures, and has helped with a new and improved ILL website soon to be part of the TSLAC website.
And last but certainly not least, a colleague dubbed Maria a “trooper” for the steady and dependable way she staffed the Welcome Desk every morning for about a year. Maria was the early bird who worked with TFC each morning to get the doors open and greeted the numerous patrons waiting to start their day at TSLAC.
Katherine Adelberg, Manager of Continuing Education and Consulting
In her two years at TSLAC, Katherine has faced many challenges including twice taking on another position’s duties within the division. Seven months after starting work as Library Management Consultant, Katherine took a temporary position as CE and Consulting Manager, handling both positions’ duties until she was promoted to the CE Manager job five months later. This past winter the agency’s longtime Youth Services Consultant, Christine McNew, passed away, leaving a work vacancy as well as a huge hole in the heart of LDN, for Christine was a beloved and highly respected colleague. Katherine took on Christine’s large and complicated projects and continued this work because of the state hiring freeze.
Katherine’s dedication to maintaining these projects as well as responding to the many condolences received about Christine were some of the reasons LDN staff wholeheartedly supported Katherine for EOQ. The other reasons stem from her fierce commitment to the state’s libraries and the positive and professional attitude she brings to the workplace. Consistently described as kind, intelligent, and a great listener, Katherine is credited with boosting morale and productivity within LDN. Her interest in cooperation extends throughout the agency as she recently brought together TSLAC staff who provide training to share ideas and improve training skills. In the library world, Katherine actively works to improve relationships with stakeholders and is leading an effort to update TSLAC’s CE plan.