Monday 29th January – Friday 2nd February 2024. 

  1. On Monday 29th January 2024, The University Librarian, Prof. Helen Emasealu, attended the 28th Valedictory lecture of the University titled: Anatomy of Ageing; Temporality and Transcendence delivered by Prof. Frank A.O. Ugiomoh of the Department of Fine Arts & Design, Faculty of Humanities.
  1. From Wednesday 31st January to Friday 2nd February 2024, The American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized the two following programs.

Program 1: Education USA Orientation: The program aims to offer quality information on tertiary education opportunities, valuable insights, and guidance to participants interested in pursuing educational opportunities in the United States of America. Twelve (12) participants attended the program from various Departments and Faculties of the University.

Program 2: Citizen Science Newsroom Workshop in Collaboration with Media Awareness and Justice Initiative. The workshop provided journalists with knowledge on Oil Spill reporting in the Niger Delta region. The grantee, Mr. Onyekachi, educated the participants on how journalism reporting can be carried out using a newly developed APP called “DATACAP MOBILE APP” designed to provide participants with adequate information to enhance media reporting. Mr. Will Steven, the Consul-General, Lagos, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Owunari Abraham Georgewill, other Principal Officers of the University, and several dignitaries were in attendance.

In her closing remarks, the Director of American Corner, Port Harcourt, and the University Librarian, Prof. Helen Emasealu, thanked the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill, for providing strong support to the American Corner. She also thanked His Excellency the US Consul-General, Mr. Will Steven, for the opportunity granted to Mr. Onyekachi, the grantee, to organize the impactful workshop. She equally encouraged the participants who were journalists to adequately put into practice all that was taught during the workshop for better service delivery in media reporting. Finally, the Director mentioned that librarians are important information providers that will help to sustain the relationship established between the US Consulate and the University.

  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.
  1. Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 39% decrease from 3,264 users in the previous week to 1,985 users in the current week. 

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. 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
YouTube: Uniportlibrary

Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN
University Librarian

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