DONALD EKONG LIBRARY WEEKLY REPORT
Monday 26th – Friday 30th June 2023
- On Monday, 26th June 2023, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, received a book donation from the School of Graduate Studies titled 10 Fallacies of Anti-Capitalists & What People in Nigeria Think of Capitalism, written by Rainer Zitelmann. The University Librarian thanked the donor and used the medium to encourage other Faculties, Departments, Centres, and library patrons to donate books and other information resources to the Library.
- On Tuesday, 27th June 2023, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized two programs:
- Nine persons participated in the first program, titled “Public Librarianship Consultative Summit: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities.” centred on the functions of public libraries and reasons public libraries may perform below expectation.
- Four students from the Departments of Economics, History and Diplomatic Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies and Nursing attended the second program titled “Students Visa/Departure Orientation Program.” This program focuses on the processes involved in seeking and acquiring a student visa and ways of embarking on the trip for a scholarship program in the United States of America.
- Two hundred two researchers patronized the American Corner in the week under review. They were from the Departments of Library Science, Dentistry, Social Work, Economics, Political Science and Administration Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Banking and Finance, Accounting, English Studies and Theatre and Film Studies.
- On Wednesday, 28th June 2023, The American Corner, Port Harcourt, in collaboration with the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), organized a secondary school debate with the theme “Consumerism Culture and its Impact on Creativity and Innovation”. Thirty-seven students of Marvel Comprehensive Secondary School Mgbuoba, Seed of Wisdom Secondary School and University Demonstration Secondary School participated in the debate. Ultimately, Marvel Comprehensive Secondary School took the first position, Seed of Wisdom Secondary School second and University Demonstration Secondary School third.
- The Knowledge Commons (for undergraduates) and the Research Commons (for postgraduates) sections on the first floor of the Library are open to those 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 has internet access to all subscribed databases and is open to faculty members.
- The Library received an update on its African Journals Online (AJOL) Database: https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajol, the world’s most extensive database housing peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly works in various research disciplines.
- Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 75% decrease from 3,070 users in the previous week to 1,978 users in the current week. This trend is due to the public holidays declared by the Federal Government on Wednesday and Thursday.
Parting Shot: Information is the sine qua non to knowledge acquisition. Therefore, staff and students are encouraged to seek information regularly using Donald Ekong Library learning resources.
Postscript: For a real-time response to information about the Library and its collections, library users can access the virtual librarian Chatbot on the website of the Library as follows: https://library.uniport.edu.ng/
Donald Ekong Library communication channels for remote access are:
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Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN