CARL Honours Dr. Selinda Berg with Award of Merit

Dr. Selinda Berg, with Pascal Calarco, University Librarian, University of Windsor, and Vivian Lewis, University Librarian, McMaster University.

Montebello, Quebec, November 7, 2019 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to have presented Dr. Selinda Berg, Associate University Librarian, University of Windsor, with the CARL Award of Merit during its Fall General Meeting. The CARL Award of Merit is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding local, regional, or national contribution within an area of research librarianship and whose contribution has had broad and beneficial impact within the CARL community. She joins nine previous recipients of this award, which was introduced in 2001.

Dr. Berg receives the Award of Merit in recognition of her contributions to CARL’s Librarians’ Research Institute (LRI) and her sustained leadership in building research capacity within Canada’s academic library community.

Dr. Berg co-founded the LRI, hosting the first meeting at the University of Windsor in 2012. Since that time, she has consistently sustained the growth and impact of the Institute, chairing or co-Chairing it in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2018, and serving as a Peer Mentor to attendees in 2017. Over the years, the LRI has become a key vehicle for strengthening Canadian academic librarians’ research capacity and creating a dedicated hands-on experience for librarians engaged in research.

Selinda is a very intuitive leader, who plans holistically. She thinks about the background of those she works with, understanding their strengths and weaknesses, smoothing over gaps to make sure the experience is seamless for the attendees” said Pascal Calarco, University Librarian, Windsor University.

Selinda is an excellent team player and is very effective at leading a group of peer mentors to review, plan, organize, and deliver the LRI program. She is an active listener and a strong communicator, both with the peer mentors and in the delivery of the program to the participants. She is innovative in her thinking, and very collegial, respectful, and inclusive in her approach” added Tony Horava, retired Associate University Librarian (Content and Access), University of Ottawa, and 2018 peer mentor co-chair.

Dr. Berg recently completed her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science and has numerous scholarly publications and presentations to her credit. As such she is a role model for librarians who aspire to develop themselves as researchers and who want to learn from someone who has been very successful in this area.


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.

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