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.
Rebecca Romanchuk and Todd Rusch
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015
Rebecca Romanchuk - A wealth of knowledge, endless patience and unflagging willingness to help others – that’s Rebecca Romanchuk, the agency’s main Archivist for state legislative records. Rebecca helps House and Senate staffers identify and organize records in training sessions during the legislative session as well as when it’s time for staff to transfer records to the Archives. Because of Rebecca, the Archives’ legislative records are in much better shape since she assumed responsibility for them, according to a colleague. Rebecca is known both here and across the street as an analytical and insightful thinker, excellent writer and one who is extremely helpful and patient.
Of late, Rebecca serves as the main contact for acquisition of former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s records, both paper and electronic, to the Archives. Rebecca also is a valuable contributor to the Exhibits Committee with her significant knowledge of the Archives and Texas history. She helps guide decisions on exhibit themes and identifies possible items for display. She also writes much of the display copy. With 10 years experience at TSLAC, Rebecca has become one of the pillars in the Archives and as such is an active mentor to Archives staff, always ready to answer questions and help other staff grow professionally. One colleague said Rebecca is “an excellent example of a knowledgeable and intelligent archivist dedicated to her job and her collections.”
Todd Rusch - At the Talking Book Program’s Circulation location on Shoal Creek Boulevard, Todd plays a crucial role, leading a work team that monitors the collection inventory. The team is responsible for identifying and addressing lost and/or broken items, mis-located items and also assuring timely and accurate processing of new and recalled materials. Todd’s team consistently meets his high expectations for performance so that our TBP patrons are well served. Maybe it’s his infectious positive attitude coupled with his attention to detail, or his ability to think and act both creatively and systematically. Or maybe it’s his dedication, illustrated by his development of procedures related to the transition to digital format – undeveloped procedures until he took them on.
Needless to say, Todd provides a worthy role model. This winter, Circulation staff have had very challenging working conditions often being without heat. On the days that staff were sent home due to the extreme cold, Todd stayed at work, dedicated to providing patrons their books. Todd has even been recognized by the National Library Service for creating a system in which materials could be reorganized and returned to Circulation, a system unique among regional libraries. Todd is always willing to learn and also willing to teach, patiently answering co-workers questions and always willing to help where needed.