Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June 2024


  1. On Wednesday, 5th June 2024, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized two Programs.

1st program: World Environment Day: This global program was designed to raise awareness and action on environmental issues which was established by the United Nations in 1974, it also served as a platform for advocating stronger environmental policies and regulations, urging governments to take decisive action to address issues like climate change, deforestation, and pollution. The program attracted the following participating students:

    • UPWA Secondary School
    • University Demonstration Secondary School
    • The Royal International Missionary Group of Schools
    • Marvel Comprehensive School
    • Olobo Premier College

 2nd program: Education USA Orientation. The program offered information on tertiary education opportunities and admission procedures in the USA. Participants were also provided information on scholarship opportunities by the program coordinator.

  1. One Hundred and Eleven (111) researchers patronized the American Corner in the week under review. They were from the Departments of English Studies, Nursing, Economics, Physics, Library and Information Science, Education, Finance and Banking.
  2. The University Librarian, Prof. Helen Emasealu, On Monday, June 3rd, 2024, received Miss Iva Persa, a distinguished foreign researcher, to the Library to conduct her academic research, and the staff are pleased to support her scholarly endeavors during her stay.
  3. On Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, the University Librarian, Prof. Helen Emasealu, attended the “World Environment Day” program, themed “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience”. The program was organized at the Donald E.U. Ekong American Corner in collaboration with the United States Government Exchange Alumni Association, Rivers State Chapter. This program was well-received by participating staff, students, and other Library patrons.
  4. 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.
  5. The Library has received an update on proceedings its Science Direct Database. The database provides researchers and registered Library users with information resources for scientific, technical, and medical research. It offers full-text journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books.
  6. The Library has received an update of its OnePetro Database with the new content. The database provides registered Faculty members and researchers with information on the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
  7. The Library received an update on its JSTOR Database: which provides researchers with information materials that cut across such academic disciplines as science, social sciences, arts, education, technology, and law.
  8. Weekly statistics of patronage at the Donald Ekong Library revealed a 62% decrease, from 8,346 users in the previous week to 3,132 users in the current week. This decline is attributed to the observance of the national strike declared by the National Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
  9. During the week under review, the Donald Ekong Library maintained two shifts to ensure effective service delivery.


 Postscript: 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:

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

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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