Friday 19th May – Friday 26th May 2023

  1. On Monday, 22nd May 2023, Donald E.U. Ekong Library commenced its library orientation for U-2022/2023 freshmen/women (Year One students). The orientation programme is the practical library component of GES 100.1 (Use of English), and it started with students of the Faculties of Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Dentistry and Humanities. The University Librarian, Dr Helen U. Emasealu and her team conducted the exercise. The students received practical sessions on how to use the catalogue (OPAC) in research. Dr Glory Edet, the Readers Services Librarian, made a presentation on the rules and regulations of the library.
  2. The American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized a programme tagged “Utilizing Google Keep (UGK) for Research, Organization and Notetaking” on Tuesday, 23rd May 2023. The programme exposed participants to the Google Keep package and such sister components as Google Documents, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawing, Google Forms and Google Sites. Participants were drawn from different departments in the University, even though a majority of the participants were from the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, Faculty of Humanities.
  3. In conjunction with Donald E.U. Ekong Library, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, marked World Children’s Day under the theme “Our Children, Our Hope, Our Future” on Saturday, 27th May 2023. This is a day set by the United Nations to celebrate the child by improving children’s welfare, creating awareness and promoting international cooperation among children. Ten pupils from each of the following schools attended the event:


        • University Demonstration Primary School (UDPS)
        • Universal Basic Education, (UPE) Choba
        • Lacfog Nursery and Primary Academy, Choba
        • University Demonstration Secondary School (UDSS)


In her address, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen Emasealu, encouraged the students to dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, engineers, pilots, teachers, and computer experts. To nurture and achieve their dreams, she advised the pupils/students to take reading, and the use of library seriously because the library is the place to foster a lifelong love for learning, enter into collaboration, communication, and knowledge sharing, take advantage of the vibrant hub of information and technology where children can explore the wonders of the digital world, discover new forms of media, and engage with cutting-edge technologies to acquire the essential skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. She added that a library is where the student can form friendships, exchange ideas, and celebrate diversity. The activity involved storytelling, health talk, reading and quiz competitions. Different exercises were conducted to develop the reading proficiency of the pupils. Four copies each of The Wonderful World of Knowledge (Encyclopedia of Knowledge) book prizes were awarded to the participating schools. Outstanding students equally received individual book prizes.

  1. The library received an update on its OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) Database, which gives registered faculty members and other researchers information materials bordering on oil and gas exploration and production industry.
  2. Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 60% increase from 1,177 users in the previous week to 1,835 users in the current week.

Donald Ekong Library communication channels for remote access are:
Phone: +2349138269564
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Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN
University Librarian

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