DONALD EKONG LIBRARY BI-WEEKLY REPORT
Monday 8th – Friday 19th January 2024
1. On Monday 8th January 2024, the academic and administrative activities of Donald Ekong Library resumed to its full strength after the Christmas and New Year holiday.
2. On Wednesday, 10th January 2024, the University Librarian, Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, received five (5) copies of a book donation titled: The Beginners Guide to Iwhuruohna Language written by Prof. Eric Chikweru.
The University Librarian thanked the donor and used the medium to encourage other individuals, Faculties, Departments, Centres, and library patrons to donate books and other information resources to the Library.
3. 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.
4. Statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library from Monday 8th – Friday 12th January 2024 showed a 41% decrease from 3,869 users in the week before the holiday to 2,301 users in the current week. This reduction is due to the public holidays of Christmas and New Year holiday.
5. Donald Ekong Library maintained two shifts in the week under review for effective service delivery.
6. On Monday, 15th January, 2023, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized five Programs:
- 1st Program: Empowering Voices: This program centred on educating participants on Martin Luther’s dream of the pursuit of equality and justice.
- 2nd Program: National Religious Day: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: This program aims to bring participants together on a national scale to celebrate their religious beliefs to foster unity and understanding among diverse religious communities.
- 3rd Program: Educational USA Orientation: The program offered information on tertiary education opportunities and admission procedures in the USA. Participants were also provided information on scholarship opportunities in the United State America.
- 4th Program: Martin Luther King Jr: This program provided participants with relevant information on promoting teaching, justice, diversity, and inclusion for a more equitable and harmonious society.
- 5th Program: Conversion with an Alumni: Unleashing Your Potentials: This program is centred on unlocking and maximizing capacities, skills, and talents and tapping into inherent strength for personal growth.
One Hundred and ninety-five (195) participants attended the program, and they are from the Faculties of Engineering, Sciences, Media and Communication Studies, Computing, Education, Law, Social Science, and Basic Medical Sciences.
7. On Tuesday16th January 2024, the University Librarian received a book donation for Library retention titled: Brutally Frank: The Autobiography of Chief Edwin Clark (2 copies). The Management of Donald Ekong Library appreciates the donor for the kind gesture and urges other scholars and library patrons to donate books, journals, and audio-visual materials to enrich the resources of the Library and promote further research.
8. 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.
9. Monday 15th January – Friday 19th January statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 41.8% increase from 2,301 users in the previous week to 3,264 users in the current week.
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: https://library.uniport.edu.ng/
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: https://library.uniport.edu.ng/
Donald Ekong Library communication channels for remote access are as follows:
Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN