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12/06/12 NYS Office of General Services Wins State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust have selected the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) to receive the 2012 Annual Archives Award for Excellence in State Agency Records Management Programs. This award is presented annually to recognize a state agency’s major accomplishments relating to records management.

The award was presented to Kieran Broderick at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently.

This year’s award recognizes the Office of General Services for being active advocates for state agency records management. This award acknowledges the great strides taken by OGS to manage agency records, including: with short notice, negotiating the safe and organized transfer of 1600 cubic feet of records from offices around the state; efficiently and effectively identifying appropriate and affordable storage space for OGS inactive records; and coordinating the transfer of records from OGS storage areas in the Empire State Plaza. This award also recognizes OGS Records Management Officer Kieran Broderick for his role in the development of an email policy for OGS and his active participation on the Archives’ State Records Advisory Committee.

“We are pleased to recognize the Office of General Services for their outstanding efforts to manage and ultimately preserve the records of state government,” said State Archivist Christine Ward. “This agency was selected from among all state agencies as having the finest program in the state in 2012. But the real winner is not this agency; rather it is the people of the State of New York. We commend all involved in this winning program and wish them continued success in the years ahead.”

Previous award winners include Department of Taxation and Finance (2011), State University of New York (2010), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (2009), NYS Consumer Protection Board (2008), NYS Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation (2007), NYS Emergency Management Office (2006), NYS Department of Civil Service (2005), and NYS Insurance Department (2004).

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Excellence in State Agency Records Management
NYS Office of General Services

Cheryl Steinbach Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Town of Somers (Westchester County)

William H. Kelly Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Livingston County

Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository
Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville (Greene County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Tom Arne Midtrod, University of Iowa

William Hoyt Advocacy Award
Carl Hayden, former Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees
Dr. Kenneth P. O’Brien, Associate Professor of History at the College at Brockport
and President of the SUNY Faculty Senate

Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Amber Quinn, Shenendehowa High School, Shenendehowa Central School District (Saratoga County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Jonah Mittler, Samuel Sommer and Max Summers, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck Union Free School District, Teacher: Frances Tria (Nassau County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8
Sarah Jones, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School District,
Teacher: Deborah Escobar (Albany County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Millie Bohn, Murray Avenue School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District,
Teacher: Pamela Tanenbaum (Westchester County)