Monday 5th – Friday 9th June 2023

  1. On Tuesday, 6th June 2023, Donald E.U. Ekong Library concluded its library orientation programme for U-2022/2023 freshmen/women (Year One students). The programme is the practical library component of GES 100.1 (Use of English). During the exercise, the Library played host to students of the Faculties of Clinical Sciences (78 students), Dentistry (8 students), Humanities (140 students), Education (138 students), Engineering (149 students), Agriculture (192 students), Management Science (106 students), Computing (48 students), Science (552 students) and Law (28 students). 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) to retrieve information in research. Dr Glory Edet, the Readers Services Librarian, made a presentation on the rules and regulations of the Library. Also, all Faculty librarians conducted the students through the different information sources in their various formats in the Library. The exercise highlights are available on our Facebook page and YouTube handle.
  2. On Tuesday, 6th June 2023, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, received the following book donations:
      • A Compendium of Association of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities edited by Prof. Adbulwahab Olanrewaju Issa, Prof Jibril Attahiru Alhassan, Prof. Jennifer Ngozi Igweala and Dr. Felicia Omorinola Yusuf. The Association of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities (AULNU) sponsored the book publication.
      • Design and Music in a Changing Northern Sierra Leone by Chefolom
      • Double Descent and Gender Issues in the Cross River Region of South-Eastern Nigeria by Simon Ottenberg.
      • Homegoing Service in Honour of Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs and Book of Tributes in Honour of Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs (1944-2023) from Professor Joseph A. Ajienka.
  1. The American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized the “Chat GPT” training on Tuesday, 6th June 2023. Chat GPT is a natural language processing tool driven by AI technology that allows for simulated human conversations and much more with the chatbot. Dr. Samuel Eyitayo, American Centre Director, US Consulate-General, Lagos, served as Resource Person in introducing the language model of the tool to participants drawn from various departments of the University.
  1. The Library received an update on its Lyell Database,, which gives registered faculty members and other researchers online information on earth science and related disciplines.
  1. The Knowledge and Research Commons sections on the first floor of the Library are open to undergraduates and postgraduates who wish to access the Library’s electronic resources using the ICT facilities in the Library. Similarly, the Elsevier training laboratory on the second floor is open to faculty members with internet access to all the subscribed databases.
  1. Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 20% increase from 1,823 users in the previous week to 2,071 users in the current week.

Nota Bene:

Kindly note that access to the online and physical collections/resources of Donald E.U. Ekong Library is reserved for registered users only. Therefore, you are encouraged to register online at if you are yet to do so. Kindly bring the screenshots/printouts of the access card registration and patron slip to the library registration desk for card processing.


Donald Ekong Library communication channels for remote access are as follows:
Phone: +2349138269564
Facebook: uniportlibrary
LinkedIn: Uniport library
Twitter: @uniportlibrary
Youtube: Uniportlibrary

Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN
University Librarian

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