Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September 2023

  1. On Monday, 18th September 2023, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen U. Emasealu, received the following book donations forwarded from the office of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill, for library retention:
      • A Peep into Heaven: A Testimony of Hope for the Living by Alabo T.O. Graham-Douglas (7 copies)
      • Democratic Rascality by Alabo T.O. Graham-Douglas (6 copies)
      • Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Brochure for the 21st Convocation Ceremony (1 copy)
      • Colloquium: A Multi-Disciplinary Thematic POLICY Journal. Vol.9 No.1, 2021. Supported by TETFund (1 copy)
      • Colloquium: A Multi-Disciplinary Thematic POLICY Journal. Vol.10 No.1, 2022. Supported by TETFund (2 copies)
      • Unique Journal of Medical & Health Sciences. A publication of the School of Graduate Studies (2 copies)

The Management of Donald Ekong Library appreciates the donors for this kind gesture, and encourages other scholars, library patrons and corporate bodies to contribute books, journals, and audio-visual materials to enrich the library’s resources and stimulate further research.

  1. As part of the celebration of the 2023 World Literacy Day tagged “Promoting Literacy for a World in Transition: Building the Foundation for Sustainable and Peaceful Societies,” the University Librarian, Dr. Helen U. Emasealu and her team embarked on book donations to selected schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. The schools include the following:
      • UPWA Secondary School (44 books)
      • University Demonstration Secondary School (45 books)
      • Olobo Premier College (42 books)
      • Danmay Secondary School (43 books)
      • Blessed Children Academy (41 books)
  2. The heads of the different schools excitedly received the books and expressed profound appreciation to the University Librarian and her team for the invaluable book donations. On Monday, 18th September 2023, Donald Ekong Library hosted the Year IV students of the Department of Library and Information Science, Rivers State University, that were on a tour of the University Library. The Head of Reader Services Division, Dr. Glory Edet, received the students on behalf of the University Librarian and took them on a tour of the Library. At the end of the tour, Dr. Mercy Echem, the lecturer who led the students, thanked the Library Management for the ample opportunity given to the students to witness the level of automation of Donald Ekong Library.
  3. From Monday, 18th to Wednesday 20th September 2023 the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized three programs:
      • 1st Program: Soft Skills Program 1. Angela C. Daniel, Executive Director, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (WEAN), anchored the program which focused on an overview of soft skills, learning objectives, methodology, self-awareness, personal growth, and individual sensitive lines.
      • 2nd Program: Soft Skills Program 2. The program was on soft skills, and it covered selfconcepts, values, cultural values, tolerance of ambiguity, locus of control and interpersonal needs.
      • 3rd Program: Education USA Orientation Program: This program was centred on information about undergraduate and postgraduate programs in USA and how participants can utilize them effectively.

Sixty-seven (67) participants attended the three programs from the Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Engineering, Education, SSLT, Management Science, Social Science, and Humanities.

  1. 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.
  2. The library has received update of its JSTOR Database with the new content. The database provides researchers with information materials that cut across every discipline ranging from sciences, social sciences, arts, education, technology, law, and other research-related disciplines.
  3. The virtual librarian platform of the Donald Ekong Library received queries from library users in the week in view relating to library registration issues and research needs. We urge all users of the library to make use of this icon on the website for prompt what’s app response to their information needs.
  4. Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 200% increase from 880 users in the previous week to 1535 users in the current week. The University library has returned to full operation and welcomes our patrons back for the new semester.

Supplementary Information:

The dedicated staff of Donald Ekong Library are waiting eagerly to continue rendering quality service in our first-rate Library that is rich in books, journals, e-resources, and other research materials. Please, visit the Library:

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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