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.
Russlene Waukechon and Jennifer Ronsen
Our Employees of the Quarter for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2009RUSSLENE WAUKECHON – Russlene Waukechon started working for the agency in 2002 as Database Coordinator in the Library Resource Sharing Division.
It is the responsibility of the database coordinator to work with library staff statewide to select and implement a database program for approximately 700 TexShare libraries and 1,400 school library partners.
Russlene works tirelessly with the online database vendors to ensure we get the best statewide deal for TexShare online resources that are shared with the 700 academic & public libraries in the state to make sure every Texan has access to authoritative, quality information to make informed decisions and enrich their lives.
Over her seven-year tenure, Russlene has saved local libraries over a billion dollars that they would have spent on these items.
“Russlene is committed to providing current, reliable information to people throughout the state. She follows a rigorous process to assure that Texans get the information they need at a price we can afford,” said Beverly Shirley, Director of Library Resource Sharing.
Russlene is constantly working to improve service to libraries served by TexShare. A brand new program debuting this year allows Texas college students to do a search in Google (the Google Scholar option), and bring up rich, reliable resources from the databases provided by TexShare – resulting in better research materials than those that would have been available on the open Web.
“It’s amazing what Russlene accomplishes for this program. We literally could not have the TexShare consortium without her,” according to Ann Mason, TexShare Coordinator.
JENNIFER RONSEN – With the retirement of Robert Helfer this past fall, Jennifer Ronsen single-handedly the Talking Book Program’s automated library system ACCESS.
ACCESS is a homegrown system that Robert built over the course of his 20-year tenure with the Library.
Jennifer has had to step into the gap and administer this very complicated and unique system on very short notice with very little support or training.
Jennifer’s background is not computer science, yet she is managing a very complex automated system for the Talking Book Program, which is very dependent on this automated system.
Jennifer has also agreed to be the point person in TBP’s search for a new system. Through it all, Jennifer has had a positive attitude and a desire to help her colleagues and the thousands of blind and visually impaired patrons all across Texas served by TBP everyday.
“After Dan Havlik and Robert Helfer retired from the TBP automation staff, Jennifer stepped forward to fill a wide gap,” said Ava Smith, Talking Book Program director. “Despite all the challenges, she patiently and cheerfully maintains automation services so that TBP staff may serve patrons’ needs without disruptions. In just the last few months, everyone has seen how Jennifer has gained in expertise and confidence, and everyone appreciates the burdens she bears and how gracefully she handles the daily adventures of keeping an aging automation system running.”