DONALD EKONG LIBRARY WEEKLY REPORT
Monday 11th – Friday 15th September 2023
- On Monday, 11th September 2023, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, received two complimentary copies of a magazine titled The Consulting Engineer from the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN), presented by Engr. E.E. Ubom.
The Management of Donald Ekong Library appreciates the donors for the kind gesture, and encourages other scholars, library patrons and corporate bodies to contribute books, journals and audio-visual materials to enrich the Library resources and stimulate further research.
- On Friday, 15th September 2023, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized a programme tagged: ‘Conversation with an Alum: Empowering Communities’ The alumnus, Rex Emojite Anighoro, an activist, musician and social entrepreneur, delivered a talk anchored on ‘Exploring the Journey of an Activist and Social Entrepreneur in Civic Engagement and Civil Society’. The programme was attended by twenty-two (22) participants from the University community.
- 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 and postgraduate students.
- From 13 – 14 September 2023, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen Emasealu, attended a two-day workshop tagged “National Open Science Symposium” in Abuja. The symposium focused on open access to information, data management and research commons.
- The University Librarian, Dr. Helen Emasealu, on 15 September, 2023 attended the Biannual meeting of the Association of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities (AULNU) in Abuja. The highlight of the meeting was the development of an open access policy by universities and the implementation initiatives by University Librarians.
- The Library has received an update of its Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) Database with the new content (Accessible at https://www.unep.org/exploretopics/environment-under-review/what-we-do/information-management/online-accessresearch). The database provides registered faculty members, students and other researchers with information materials bordering on the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
- During the week, the virtual librarian platform of the Donald Ekong Library received questions on the library registration procedure and other research needs. Consequently, all library users are requested to use the chatbot service on the website for prompt response to their information needs.
- Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 256% increase from two hundred forty-seven (247) users in the previous week to eight hundred and eighty (880) users in the current week. The University library services have returned to full operations, and our patrons are welcome back for the new semester.
For a real-time response to information about the Library and its collections, library users can access the virtual librarian Chatbot on the Library website as follows: https://library.uniport.edu.ng
Parting Shot: The library is a veritable source of knowledge. Therefore, staff and students are encouraged to seek knowledge regularly using Donald Ekong Library learning resources.
Donald Ekong Library communication channels for remote access are as follows:
LinkedIn: Uniport library
Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN