Encaenia Ceremony D: May 19, 2016
In his 23 years as Director of Libraries on the Fredericton campus, John Teskey served UNB with distinction and became a respected leader within the academic and research libraries arena in Canada and beyond.
He was elected president of most of the major national library organizations, amongst them the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Library Association. He served on the board of directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, as resident of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, and as chair of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries. For many years, John Teskey exercised leadership on the national stage with regard to copyright. In 2014, he received the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship
Over the years, John Teskey seized upon technological innovation to expand and enhance library services to students and faculty. With student success in mind, he led the way for the creation, at Harriet Irving Library, of the John B. McNair Learning Commons.
In 2009, John Teskey was awarded the UNB President’s Medal. An excerpt from the citation reads as follows: “John took the approach, from the very beginning, that UNB Libraries could be, and should be, at the national forefront. This bold vision produced impressive results”.
It is not an exaggeration to say that UNB Libraries were transformed under his leadership. Having come to UNB from Alberta, he became a tireless advocate for this institution, for the province as a whole, and for Atlantic Canada.