Monday 11th December – Friday 15th December 2023

  1. From Wednesday, 13th to Friday, 15th December 2023, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized the following programs:

Program 1: EducationUSA Orientation. The program provided valuable insights and guidance to participants interested in pursuing educational opportunities in the United States of America.

Program 2: Strategies on Improved Access to Maternal and Reproductive Health Services. The program focused on ways of contributing to increased health products that ensure individuals have easier access to essential care.

One hundred and forty (140) participants attended the two programs, and they were from the Faculties of Social Science, Humanities, Science, Basic Medical Science, Management Science, and Education.

  1. On Friday, 15th December 2023, The University Librarian, Prof. Helen Emasealu, received the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill and other Principal Officers of the University of Port Harcourt and the U86 Matriculating set for the commissioning of the following projects in the Library.
    • The Library Website
    • Friends of the Library Legacy Project
    • 10 KVA Solar Inverter Donated by TETFund and
    • 3D Library Model
    • Bindery Unit

The University Librarian used the occasion to express that the Library has achieved the following:

      • The execution of the 2017-2018 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for library development has resulted in the acquisition of valuable resources for the Library.
      • Implementing the TETFund Zonal Intervention, which empowered the Library with cuttingedge technologies, including inverters, solar panels, and desktop computers, has been phenomenal.
      • The successful collaboration with the U86 matriculating set has resulted in donating a 10 KVA Solar Inverter, batteries, solar panels, and charge controllers to enhance the power backup for our electronic databases.
      • The renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding with the American Consulate on the American Corner, Port Harcourt, fosters international collaboration to benefit our university community.
      • Securing ScienceDirect, Scopus, and ProQuest subscriptions has significantly contributed to advancing research and scholarship in our academic community.
      • Implementing a library orientation program in all the Faculties and Centres is the first of its kind, resulting in a substantial increase in library patronage.
      • The Research Desk was established to offer valuable services to researchers, such as literature search, analysis, plagiarism checks, and copy editing.
      • Creation of a dedicated media unit to document and showcase the Library’s various activities.
      • Launching the digitization unit for converting library records to digital formats and uploading institutional research products to the institutional repository has been very successful.
      • The establishment of a library archive and museum to preserve our rich academic history.
      • The redesign of the library website by transitioning from a static to a responsive platform for enhanced user experience.
  1. At the project launching ceremony, a three-part symposium was organized for students. The speakers were seasoned and accomplished professionals from diverse academic backgrounds in the U86 Matriculating Set.
  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 (Computers and Internet) 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.
  1. The Library has received an update of its Scopus Database with the new content. The database provides registered Faculty members and researchers with the most extensive abstract and cited database on peer-reviewed literature and information materials across disciplines.
  1. Weekly statistics of Donald Ekong Library patronage showed a 19% decrease from 4,784 users in the previous week to 3,869 in the current week. This reduction can be attributed to the second semester examination that is coming to an end.


Supplementary Information:

The Library is a veritable source of knowledge. Therefore, staff and students are encouraged to seek knowledge regularly using Donald Ekong Library learning resources.

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:   

The dedicated staff members of Donald Ekong Library are eagerly waiting to continue rendering quality service in our first-rate Library, which 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: Uniportlibrary
YouTube: Uniportlibrary


Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN
University Librarian

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