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Guy Berthiaume Receives 2017 CARL Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship

May 17, 2017

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, was honoured today by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) with the association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. The award recognizes an individual at a member institution for substantial local, national or international contributions to research librarianship.

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Recipient of the 2017 CARL Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship

HAMILTON, May 17, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) honoured Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today with its Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. This award is conferred annually to an individual at a CARL member institution who has made a substantial local, national or international contribution to research librarianship.

Dr. Berthiaume has been with Library and Archives Canada since June 2014, and in a brief three years has had a remarkable, positive impact on the profile, collections, services and staff of Canada’s national library and archives. Prior to taking on the leadership of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Dr. Berthiaume served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (2009-2014), and previous to that served in many senior strategic and administrative roles within the Québec university network.

“Guy has been a leader in the Canadian landscape in the way he brings the community together, inspires colleagues, and builds networks at both a national and international level,” stated Donna Bourne-Tyson, incoming CARL President. “Libraries and archives across Canada have benefitted from the increased profile, reinvigorated programming, and strategic activities at LAC as well as the development of world-class collections, facilities, and services, at a caliber superior to anything previously contemplated.”

Dr. Berthiaume is currently Chair of the National Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. He served as Secretary General of the Réseau francophone numérique between 2010 and 2014, and he continues to be an active member of the network. Dr. Berthiaume also contributes to the work of the International Council on Archives, serving as a member of the association’s Evaluation Commission. He set a priority to increase LAC’s work with memory institutions across Canada by establishing a Stakeholders Forum, and by advancing dialogue on collaboration among galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Dr. Berthiaume is a Knight of the Ordre des Palmes académiques of the French Republic (2005), and he served as a Mentor for the Trudeau Foundation in 2010-2011. In November 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Université Jean Monnet (Saint-Étienne, France), and in December 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In recognition of his many contributions, CARL is very pleased to give Dr. Guy Berthiaume the 2017 CARL Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is the leadership organization for the Canadian research library community. CARL’s members include 29 major academic research libraries across Canada, as well as Library and Archives Canada, and Canada’s National Science Library. CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries and enhances capacity to advance research and higher education. It promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and public policy that enable broad access to scholarly information.

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