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.
Daniel Shallue and Angela Kent
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015
Daniel Shallue - Daniel Shallue began work at TSLAC in 2011 shortly after he earned his BA in history from the University of Texas. According to his supervisor, throughout his tenure he has consistently displayed a willingness to undertake any task that needs to be accomplished. The son of an elementary school librarian with experience working in libraries in high school and college, Daniel is a natural when it comes to customer service, making it his mission to provide the best service to our patrons.Described as prompt, courteous, always cooperative, hard-working and dedicated, Daniel approaches all interactions with patrons in a thoughtful, professional manner and always with unfailing patience.
He works with individual patrons from widely varied backgrounds and many different needs including historians, attorneys, state employees, genealogists, researchers and members of the general public, always taking very good care of them calmly and confidently and often with a dose of his great sense of humor. Kudos for Daniel are common from patrons and staff alike. Behind the scenes, Daniel pulls and reshelves items in both open and closed stacks and takes pride in returning items to the stacks – the Daniel way – correctly and neatly. He also distributes hundreds of publications to depository libraries and is always ready to help with moving historic flags and assisting with any agency-wide special events in any way he can.
Angela Kent - Angela began as a part-time library assistant in February 2014 and immediately impressed patrons and co-workers alike with her public service skills, can-do attitude and extremely polite and calm nature. Two months later Angela was promoted to her current position of Reference Librarian and became a full time “whirlwind of productivity.” From the beginning, Angela showed exceptional initiative and leadership skills, agility at juggling multiple tasks while completing all in a timely, thorough, accurate, and productive manner. Angela answers and manages incoming reference questions for our patrons, runs the federal depository program and trains and mentors staff.
She manages the interlibrary loan service, plans and coordinates stack maintenance projects, and updates information on our website. Angela’s first months of work were marked by the looming retirement of longtime reference and government documents librarian, Sue Troyan. Angela sought to learn as much as possible from Sue and hasn’t stopped learning. This past December, Angela was designated as a Regional Librarian, one of fewer than 50 associated with the Federal Depository Library Program. She also was selected as a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, a leadership program for early career librarians. Angela is also extremely active in agency-wide initiatives such as the Web refresh committee, special events and also served on the committee for local arrangements for the 2015 NAGARA/CoSA annual conference.