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.
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013
Denise Hendlmyer is the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Grant Coordinator in the Library Development and Networking Division. She is in the process of concluding her tenure managing this $8 million federal grant program awarded to TSLAC in the summer of 2010. So successful has her work been that the federal manager overseeing the grant program nationally considers our BTOP project one of her “stars.”
Known in Texas as TEAL (Technology, Expertise and Learning for All), our BTOP program set out to add new or upgraded computer centers at 38 Texas libraries and other institutions, as well as three mobile learning labs for computer training.
Hired in October of 2010, Denise took charge of what some later called “a beast of a project,” involving 38 partners of differing levels of capacity, exacting requirements and very detailed reporting requirements. But Denise tackled the project with creativity, organization, professionalism, grace and patience, resulting in improved computer access and technology for all the participants. The fact that no issues were identified by the U.S. Inspector General or an internal auditor is testament to Denise’s management, and her work has been recognized nationally. In fact, Denise has been invited to speak about her work at several national conferences alongside high-ranking federal officials.
TSLAC is extremely grateful for Denise’s hard work, which made a huge difference across Texas. Congratulations, Denise!
Dee Riley, Records Center Coordinator in the State and Local Records Management Division, is described as the employee who excels at her work and has a blast getting it done. Dee has led multiple complicated and layered inventory projects, all towards the end goal of loading all “non-system” microfilm and hard copy records into the automated inventory system used by the State Records Center. As the lead worker on this multi-year project, Dee has overseen the process of compiling data about thousands of Records Center boxes and millions of microfilm records from a paper system into a computerized database system. Dee also took on the Herculean task to ensure all microfilm stored at the Records Center is without signs of degradation. Colleagues have said that the progress made on the non-system project would not have been possible without Dee’s aptitude, vision and sense of humor. In the last year alone, Dee oversaw the reduction of the non-system hard copy by over 2,000 boxes and the microfilm by over 13,000 reels. Dee has also taken on the role of incoming accessions and was a key player in the rush to bring in over 2,000 boxes from the Governor’s Office recently.
Dee joined the agency in 1985 and was named an Employee of the Quarter previously in 1996. Her presence here at TSLAC has obviously made a difference. Congratulations, Dee!