JPS Records Management Coordinator Recieves Award

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Cathy Panebianco

The New York Association of Local Records Officers (NYALGRO) President, Desiree Potvin, and Past President, Donna Mumbulo, recently presented its Robert Arnold Award for Distinguished Service to Jamestown Public School’s Records Management Coordinator, Pam Brown, at its annual meeting in Lake George, NY. The award was presented to Mrs. Brown because she has demonstrated characteristics similar to that of a Regional Advisory Officer in lending expertise and assistance to other local officials in the establishment of furtherance of records management programs.
“We congratulate Mrs. Brown on receiving this prestigious award,” said JPS Superintendent Tim O. Mains. “Keeping and maintaining archives of our school district is an important job. We have a tremendous history in the Jamestown Public Schools and it is vital to properly preserve those memories for future generations to see and use.”
Mrs. Brown has been the Records Management Coordinator for Jamestown Public Schools since 2005. She is responsible for coordinating and maintaining the records management program for the entire district. Along with Karen Briner-Peterson, the district’s Records Management Officer, she has successfully written and implemented grant funded projects to microfilm and digitize records; arranged and process historical records; the educational use of primary source documents and electronic document imaging system for the district.
Through Mrs. Brown’s involvement with educational uses of local government records, students and teachers in the Jamestown Public Schools were awarded three New York State Archives Awards in 2008. The students, teachers and Mrs. Brown won the Bruce W. Dearstyne Annual Archives Award and the Laura and Robert Chodos Award for “The Lost Neighborhood Project” and a college-level American History class’ work with archival records. The NYS Archives also recognized the school district for “Excellence in the Educational Uses of Local Government Records by a Local Government.” Mrs. Brown also worked cooperatively with architects, district administrators and construction personnel to design and build the district’s state of the art Records Center in 2007.
Mrs. Brown has also worked on projects for the Town of Cheektowaga and Chautauqua County Historian’s office to create MARC format records of historical records that were successfully submitted to the NYS Archives Historical Documents Inventory. She has published articles in the NYS Archives Partnership Magazine and the local newspapers.
Mrs. Brown was a member of the NYALGRO Board from 2005-2012 and also served as Vice President of Membership.
Mrs. Brown holds a degree in history from SUNY Empire State College and a Masters Degree in Library Science from SUNY at Buffalo. She has increased her professional development through New York State Archives trainings and has benefited greatly from the training and professional networking provided at the NYALGRO schools.