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Jeff Carter, recipient of President's Medal


President's Awards Ceremony

President's Medals, Distinguished Service Awards honour current employees of the University of New Brunswick, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

President's Medals, Distinguished Service Awards are awarded for outstanding service to the university which may include teaching, research, administrative contributions, or any combination thereof.

Jeff Carter

Jeffrey Carter, Manager of Libraries Systems, has provided exceptional service to UNB for over twenty years, to the great benefit of our students and researchers. Having Jeff at the helm of Libraries Systems has been key to our success during the pandemic in providing seamless and proactive access to library resources, online research support, and an elegant online booking system for student study space on both campuses. The online integrated library systems that Jeff and his team develop and support are essential to operations, with functionality that is relied upon every day wherever UNB students and researchers find themselves.

Jeff joined the Libraries as a web developer as the digital shift was in full swing. He arrived from Nunavut after serving as Coordinator of Computing Services at Nunavut Arctic College. His IT and teaching experience was complemented by his profound respect for student users of technology. Jeff’s approach to the development and implementation of technology was just what we needed then, and is just what we need now.

Jeff has been tireless in working to improve the experience of student and faculty researchers with electronic resources and the web. He has conducted countless usability tests, interviews and focus groups with students, has implemented findings and shared results from these efforts within UNB Libraries and across Canada. Jeff is widely known as an outspoken advocate for web accessibility, and has often been sought out for his accessibility expertise.

Jeff has been critical to accomplishments of library and faculty colleagues, and has played a key role in the furthering of digital scholarship at UNB. His leadership has been critical in the successful design and development of web sites and databases for multiple SHHRC-funded partnerships between UNB Libraries and faculty across disciplines, including Dr. Edith Snook's Early Modern Maritime Recipes, Dr. Chantal Richard's Vocabularies of Identity, and Dr. Elizabeth Mancke's British North American Legislative Database. Highlighting the Libraries' own collections, Jeff and his team have designed our online NB Historical Newspapers collection, and UNB Archives' "Pomp and Circumstance" database. Jeff has provided key development support for the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Portal, a twenty thousand-entry online dictionary integrated with media archives.

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Jeff has led his team in creating innovative online services. An excellent example is UNB Libraries Subject Guides. The Libraries' electronic reserves system, closely integrated with our electronic resources and Copyright Office, was developed by Jeff and the Systems Group, and has been a critical part of the university's response to the evolving copyright landscape and to ensuring continued access to essential library resources for teaching, learning, and research in the midst of the pandemic. Both projects are embedded in every instance of UNB’s courses on D2L.

Jeff’s role in the successful transition to a bi-campus model for UNB Libraries is particularly important. He has long ensured that library systems based in Fredericton supported Saint John campus library operations. A significant precursor to an integrated bi-campus library system was the development of a single and highly functional bi-campus web presence. Jeff’s “can do” attitude as technical lead the way to a well-executed and well-received outcome.

Jeff is an excellent example of what dedicated service to our students and researchers is all about. He inspires his team and all of us within the libraries us to think in expansive terms of how to build on our strengths to further our collective goals of enhancing learning and research at UNB.


Textbooks for Change

UNB has recently partnered with Textbooks for Change (TB4C) and is joining over 20 universities and campuses across Canada to help provide affordable and accessible educational material to students within the country and across the globe. Our textbook donation drop-box can be found in the main lobby of the Harriet Irving Library, where you can donate your used textbooks anytime during operational hours. What is special about our drop-box? It is the first of its kind in all of New Brunswick!

Who is Textbooks for Change?

Textbooks for Change is a Canadian based organization that donates used textbooks which started at Western University in 2013. Their vision is that education should be a right, not a privilege. For their model, they donate 50% of textbooks to campus partners in East Africa, resell 20% of textbooks at affordable prices to students, and recycle the other 30% of material that is out of date or unusable. On the other side of the globe, they are partnered with over 15 East African universities, reaching over 500,000 students. 

Why should you donate your used textbooks?

The universities partnered with TB4C in East Africa have a significant deficit in educational material, as well as severely limited access to digital material. Thus, students at these universities often cannot obtain the information they require for their university studies. From an interview with a Kenyan Librarian, when asked “Have you, this academic year, turned away students who needed access to textbooks?”, to which they responded- “Very often. Of 10 students, about 4 might get their request”. By donating your post-secondary textbooks, you are helping make education a right to all.

For more information, you can check out their website:

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us through Instagram @unb4change or email

SR Bootcamp 2021: Writing Systematic Reviews from Beginning to End

This fast-paced FREE 5-session series will teach you everything you need to know to write a high-quality, publishable systematic review by the end of the summer.


  • Developing a protocol and search strategy
  • The importance of grey literature and how to find it
  • Critical appraisal tools and their application in SRs
  • And more!

Due to high demand we will offer this Bootcamp twice, RSVP for one of the following series.


  • May 10 - 21 (series fully booked)
  • June 1 - 7  RSVP

For more information please visit our Eventbrite page.

Instructors: Alex Goudreau, MLIS, and Richelle Witherspoon, MLIS.

Discover UNB Libraries market research databases!


UNB Libraries proudly presents Market Research, with Entrepreneurship Librarian Sally Armstrong! In this virtual session you will learn how UNB Libraries market research databases can help validate a business idea, lead you to competitors, provide information on emerging technologies, and more!

Date: Thursday, 25  March 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Make sure you RSVP!

This online session is open to all undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, or staff members from the UNB community.

Virtual Escape Room - Fair Dealing Week edition

What is Fair Dealing?

You probably make use of fair dealing every day without even realizing it! Whether emailing a news article to a friend, using a clip from a song, using a copyrighted image on social media, or quoting passages from a book when writing an essay. Activities such as these are not considered to be copyright infringement – in fact, the ability for users to make copies for specific purposes is an integral part of the Canadian Copyright Act.

Every year libraries and educational institutions across North America celebrate the rules that allow sharing of portions of published works for research and education.

In celebration of Fair Dealing Week 2021 you're invited to enter our Virtual Escape Room.

Click here to find more info on Fair Dealing Week...







UNB Libraries Celebrates Black History Month

The first step towards honouring the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and people of African descent is a commitment to learning their legacy.

Here are some texts, films, and online resources from the library’s collection to help members of the UNB community begin or continue that journey.

“Dinah, Portrait of a Negress”, painting circa 1867 by Eastman Johnson. (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


Select Books

Select Films

Subject Guides

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