Longtime library assistant named Saint Martin’s Staff Member of the Year

May 10, 2005

Lacey – Joyce Hall is the go-to person behind the front desk at Saint Martin’s O’Grady Library. In celebration of her service to the students and faculty of Saint Martin’s, Hall is the 2005 recipient of the Saint Martin’s Abbey Outstanding Staff Award.

Hall was one of several people nominated for the award by students, faculty and staff. Her name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque. She also received a cash award and the use of a reserved parking space.

“After 28 years, to know you’re still appreciated is quite an honor,” Hall said.

As the library’s circulation assistant, Hall is in charge of scheduling study rooms, checking materials in and out and putting course textbooks on reserve. Maureen Axtell, head of the periodicals department, said Hall is known for her work ethic, her patience and her flexibility.

Hall’s most endearing quality, she said, is “her commitment to excellent service.”

“Joyce has seen incredible change since she started working here,” Axtell said. “She’s worked at three library sites and experienced two complete moves. She’s also experienced enormous changes in how the job is done. When she first started, we used an old-fashioned card catalog. Now there is an enormously complex automated system.”

Hall grew up in Des Moines, Wash., and received a library science degree from Highline Community College. Her family includes her husband Don Hall, mother Marge Teller Miller, and brothers Ric, Jim and Jeff Teller.

John DeWeese
Office of Communication
(360) 486-8857; jdeweese@stmartin.edu