For the first time, a librarian from Moraine Valley Community College has won the Technical Services Award, which the Illinois Library Association (ILA) awards each year. Natalie Hall, technical services coordinator, was named the award recipient because of her significant contribution to the college’s technical services and cataloging areas.

Hall transitioned the Moraine Valley Library’s catalog to a new cataloging system that allows students and others to more efficiently access materials.

Terra Jacobson, dean of the college’s Learning Resource Center, said, “The work in the back end of the Library is very important. If your catalog is not easily searchable, people can’t find the information they need. We do all of this work in-house. It’s clear the Illinois Library Association sees value in the work Natalie does.”

Hall was excited to learn she had received the award and is proud of the work she and the technical services staff do.

“We strive to get resources in the hands of students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible. The catalog serves as a wonderful resource in the Library,” she said.

Hall will receive her award when the ILA hosts its annual awards ceremony virtually on Oct. 22.