Monday 24th – Friday 28th June 2024


  1. On Monday, 24th June 2024, the American Corner, Port Harcourt, organized three programs:

1st Program: Building Your Freelance Brand and Online Presence: The program provided participants with a strategic process of establishing a distinctive professional identity and increasing visibility on digital platforms to attract and engage potential clients. This program involves creating a consistent personal brand, showcasing expertise through a professional portfolio, optimizing online content for search engines, leveraging social media, and engaging in continuous learning and networking. The goal is to differentiate oneself in the competitive freelance market, build credibility, and secure steady business opportunities.

2nd Program: Education-USA Program: This program provided information to participants on undergraduate and postgraduate admission processes and scholarship opportunities in the United States of America. The program attracted participants from the University and neighbouring communities.

3rd Program: Waste Innovation and Pollution Eradication: The program focused on the development and implementation of innovative technologies, processes, and strategies aimed at reducing waste generation, improving waste management, and eliminating pollution. This approach also emphasized sustainable practices, recycling, upcycling, and minimizing environmental impact to create a healthier environment.

  1. One hundred and seventeen (117) researchers patronized the American Corner in the week under review. They were from the Faculties of Engineering, Management, SSLT, Basic Medical Science, Education, and Humanities.
  2. On June 4th, 2024, Mr. Sunday Emmanuel Onyedika Henry, a 300-level student and the Assistant Secretary-General of the Medical Students Association, University of Port Harcourt, single- handedly donated and installed 10 new sockets in the Medical Library. The Management of Donald E.U. Ekong Library commends Mr. Sunday Emmanuel Onyedika Henry for his inspiring benevolence and community spirit.
  3. The University Librarian, Prof. Helen Emasealu, on Friday, June 28th, 2024, delivered a welcome address at a program held to mark World Nature Conservation Day by the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative at the American Corner Port Harcourt, themed ‘’Waste Innovation for Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development.’’
  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.
  1. The Library received an update on its African Journals Online (AJOL) Database:, the world’s most extensive database housing peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly works in various research disciplines.
  2. The Library has received the update of its Springer Link Database with the new content. The database provides registered faculty members and researchers with millions of journals, books, works, and proceedings for all disciplines.
  3. The Library has acquired the ProQuest electronic database. ProQuest powers research with unique content in academic, corporate, government, public, and school libraries worldwide. The database is accessible through the electronic database on the Library website. Users may visit the Library for access details.
  4. In addition to other electronic resources on the Library website, the Library has added MatLab. The MATrics Laboratory (MatLab) is a proprietary multi-paradigm programming language and numeric computing environment that shows Matric manipulating, plotting functions-abc data, implementing algorithms, creating user interfaces, and interacting with programs written in other languages.
  5. Weekly statistics of the patronage of Donald Ekong Library showed a 202% increase from 992 users in the previous week to two thousand nine hundred and ninety-six users (2,996) in the current week.

Supplementary Information: For a real-time response to information about the Library and its collections, library users can access the virtual librarian chatbot on the Library website, which is as follows: 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
Twitter: @uniportlibrary
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Prof. Helen U. Emasealu, CLN
University Librarian

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