CARL Honours Brent Roe with Award of Merit

OTTAWA, November 14, 2017. – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to have presented Mr. Brent Roe with the CARL Award of Merit during its fall membership meeting on November 8, 2017. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian research librarianship by individuals who are not employed by CARL member libraries. Mr. Roe joins seven previous recipients of this award, which was introduced in 2001.

Mr. Roe receives the Award of Merit for his leadership and vision during his work as Executive Director of CARL from 2008 to 2014. During that time, he organized CARL’s advocacy activity in the lead up to the adoption of the Copyright Modernization Act of 2012. He also supported the work of CARL in the promotion of open access to the results of publicly funded research and the preservation and sharing of research data.

“The work that Brent did in the early years on the importance of research data has helped inform government and stakeholders of the centrality of effective data management to research in Canada,” said University of Calgary Vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) Thomas Hickerson. “The conversations that began in 2009 have laid the groundwork to what we today know as CARL’s Portage Network and the national partnerships that CARL is now engaged in for research data management and infrastructure.”

“In addition to the great work Brent did relating to data management, he was also heavily involved in the Copyright Act review.” stated CARL President Donna Bourne-Tyson. “Thanks to his attention to this matter, we were able to ensure that our voice was heard to achieve a very balanced Copyright Act in the revisions finally adopted in 2012.”

“It was exciting for me to work closely with the Board and members of CARL on the many issues of concern to Canada’s research libraries” said Mr. Roe. “I’m proud of the progress that we achieved, often with partner organizations, in areas of information policy, scholarly communication and research librarianship.”


CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

For more information:
Susan Haigh, Executive Director
613.482.9344 ext. 101