Monday 22nd – Friday 26th January 2024

  1. On Monday 22nd January 2024, The University Librarian, Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, chaired a general meeting of the Management and staff of Donald E. U Ekong Library to discuss ways of moving the Library forward. The University Librarian thanked God, the Vice-Chancellor, the founding fathers of the Library, and members of staff for the achievements in 2023 which include the commissioning of two 10 KVA solar inverters to provide regular power supply to the Library, one donated by U86 matriculating set and the other from TETFund allocation. She expressed that the Library Bindery has been revived for effective service delivery and that the Library now operates two shifts for the benefit of students. She stated that the different visiting NUC accreditation teams commended the Library for its book acquisition, e-resources, and service delivery. The effort of the Library, she remarked, has contributed immensely to the first position rating that the University of Port Harcourt now occupies among all other Nigerian Universities. Prof. Emasealu stated that the Donald Ekong Library Awareness/Sensitization Campaign has yielded fruits as library patronage by staff and students has increased. She told the Management and staff of the Library that the expectations for continuous improvement in 2024 include a sustained positive attitude to work, enhanced collaboration, passionate pursuit of community engagement, and strategic planning through the introduction of innovative programmes.
  2. The University Librarian Prof. Helen Emasealu, on Thursday 25th January 2024 received the following book donations forwarded from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill for library retention.
      • General Handbook by the University of Port Harcourt Institute of Petroleum and Energy Studies (IPS) (8 copies)
      • Law & Society: A compendium of Speeches and Addresses by Iche N. Ndu (3copies)
      • Contemporary Issues in Educational Management and Allied Disciplines in a Digital Era in honour of Prof. Cletus Ngozi Uwazurike (9 copies)

The Management of Donald Ekong Library appreciates the donors 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.

  1. The American Corner, Port Harcourt, carried out the Education-USA Orientation Program on Wednesday, 24th January 2024 in the Donald Ekong Library complex. The programme provided participants with information on undergraduate and postgraduate admission processes and scholarship opportunities in the United States of America. Eight (8) persons attended the programme from the Departments of English Studies, Library Science, Microbiology Technology, Economics, Physics, and Linguistics & Communication Studies.
  2. On Thursday 25th January 2024, The University Librarian Prof. Helen Emasealu, attended the 181st Inaugural lecture of the University titled “Walking in His Steps: The Stewardship of a Prosthodontist” delivered by Prof. O. Arigbede, Department of Restorative Dentistry.
  1. On Friday 26th January 2024, The Chairman Pst, Dominic Omokaru of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) in conjunction with the Registrar and other members of the Librarians Registration Council (LRCN) held their council meeting at the American Corner in Donald Ekong Library to deliberate on the forthcoming conference scheduled to hold in July 2024 at the University of Port Harcourt.
  1. Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 25% decrease from three thousand two hundred sixty-four users (3,264) in the previous week to 2,463 users in the current week. This decrease can be attributed to the conclusion of the semester examinations by the 200-level students and the resumption of academic sessions at the University.

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

The dedicated staff 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
Twitter: @uniportlibrary
YouTube: Uniportlibrary


Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, cln
University Librarian

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