Our Current 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.
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018
Jacqueline Jacobs, Imaging Operator, SLRM, State Records Center
Jacqueline started work for TSLAC in the Talking Book Program Circulation in December 2014 and was promoted to her current position at the State Records Center in May 2016. According to Michael Shea, SRC manager, Jacqueline has been a key contributor to the success of the SRC since she arrived. While her title is Imaging Operator, Jacqueline has volunteered to learn a lot of the processes on the records storage side of the operation including acting as part of a “SWAT team” that pulls a large group of files on a short turnaround every week.
She’s involved with both the pulling of the files and what Shea calls the “verification bingo” done at the end of the process to insure each file was properly pulled. Jacqueline has also been a key contributor in our microfilm review process, a tedious and labor intensive process, involving unspooling, inspecting, and respooling the microfilm while searching for signs of acidification which according to Shea smells like rotten salad. Jacqueline’s willingness to learn this process and volunteering to step in where needed is why Shea nominated her for EOQ. Her co-workers also appreciate Jacqueline’s hard work as well as her cheerful and positive attitude and consistently say that being around Jacqueline brightens any day and helps keep the morale up there.
Sarah Jacobson, Manager of Records Management Assistance, SLRM
As the Manager of the Records Management Assistant Unit, Sarah is responsible for hiring and training new staff on policies and procedures for consulting, retention schedule certification, and developing and delivering records management training. She coordinates all face-to-face training events including the regional training classes for local governments. She also assigns staff to work on updating local government retention schedules and attends commission meetings to answer questions about the schedules.
Last year there was sort of a perfect storm in SLRM – no Administrative Assistant and a hiring freeze on – and Sarah took on the majority of the training coordination for not only RMA classes, but also the registrations for Texlinx classes at the State Records Center, in addition to her RMA duties. Sarah is a walking encyclopedia about records retention schedules and records management and is able to present information and respond to questions about records management, particularly before our commission, in a very calm, professional, and utterly unflappable way. We all appreciate this about Sarah and admire and respect her for it. As a manager, she learns the strengths of her staff and seeks to provide meaningful assignments that will play to those strengths. She looks out for her staff’s well being by managing assignments for out of town training to make sure no one is out more than once a month when possible and promotes opportunities for her staff’s professional development.