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.
Nyssa Hughes and Marilyn Johnson
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2004
Nyssa Hughes - Nyssa began work at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in 2000 as a part-time circulation clerk in the Talking Book Program. In August 2003 she was hired full-time as the technical assistant in the Publications Clearinghouse. In that short time, Nyssa eliminated backlogs of unprocessed documents; created database records for over 840 leaflets, posters, pamphlets, and ephemeral items; and added 1,080 individual holdings records to the online catalog. Nyssa's colleagues speak glowingly of her saying, "Nyssa is an employee whose productivity, accuracy, and personality are exemplary contributions to the agency." These qualities have not gone unnoticed by her Library Resource Sharing colleagues, one of which wrote, "She willingly helps find items when documents that haven't yet been shelved are requested by ILL. It is not an easy task to locate things in our 'pipeline' but she manages superbly. Since we are the main source for state documents and users often expect the latest information, this is a real service to the agency and the public of Texas." Another coworker notes that Nyssa is fair with everyone and would not do anything that is against her morals. Nyssa combines hard work and dedication; she is a true team player and worthy recipient of this award.
Marilyn Johnson - Since her arrival at TSLAC in June 2001 as library technology consultant, Marilyn has been successfuly tackling large projects and simultaneously building great relationships with librarians around the state. Notably, Marilyn helped to implement the videoconference system and, more recently, used her expertise as E-rate coordinator to ensure that the agency would be in compliance with the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act and helped draft the subsequent Internet Safety Policy that has just been accepted by TSLAC. Since her promotion to continuing education manager, her former position has remained unfilled. In this time, Marilyn has essentially maintained two positions, handling them both equally well. Librarians from all over Texas continue to rely on her for E-rate options, technology plans, and hardware upgrades, while she begins to put together a continuing education plan that will bring together multiple partners, benefiting and improving library services throughout Texas. Although she serves as both co-worker and manager, she has that rare ability to also serve as a friend and mentor to those around her. In describing Marilyn, one co-worker summed it up best, "She is a joy to be around and most deserving of this honor."