THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, UKANA LIBRARY
Federal Polytechnic Library, Ukana was established in June, 2014 mainly to serve the information needs of the Polytechnic in achieving its mission of developing manpower with skills for excellence and self-reliance in technological and professional competencies through adequate linkages, teaching, learning, research and services to the community. The Polytechnic Library is located centrally in the annex campus of the Polytechnic. The library’s building offers a welcoming and stimulating environment for learning and research and provides an accessible user- friendly environment for effective information service delivery.
The seating capacity of the library is currently accommodating approximately 120 readers at a time. The library houses seven (7) units namely: Administrative unit, Acquisitions, Technical Processing, Circulation, Reference, Serials and E – Resources Units. The opening hours of the library during Semesters are from 8:30 am to 6.00pm, Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays -8:30am to 1:00pm. During Vacation, the library opens for use between 9.00am to 4.00pm and remains closed on Sundays and during official public holidays.
The library’s collection covers printed, electronic resources, audio-visuals materials, digitized, rare books and archival resources relevant for the different schools on grounds: Applied Sciences, Engineering, Business and Management studies.
Beside the printed resources, the library has an e-library unit which offers electronic information resources to compliment the print resources to its users. This has impacted the quality of research, teaching and learning of the students and staff of the polytechnic community. The unit holds digital resources in CDs, E-books and E-journals accessible using the computers in the unit, etc. The section also makes provision for downloading and printing of information resources from reputable databases, subscription to databases, providing internet services, co-operating with other libraries for the purpose of resource sharing, providing Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and Current Awareness Services (CAS) to library users as well as providing information literacy on use of electronic resources. With internet services ongoing, the library is currently embarking on online services to ensure the visibility of our services and resources to our users and outside communities who may have interest in our local contents through network services. Access to relevant current journals in the respective programmes run by the institution is made easy with the internet services ongoing.
The main library
Federal Polytechnic Ukana hopes to operate a two-campus library system. Aside from the annex campus library, there is the main library at the main campus – newly constructed and near completion. This library is located adjacent to the administrative building block at the main campus of the polytechnic. It is expected that the main library would accommodate more than 450 readers at a time.
THE POLYTECHNIC LIBRARIAN
DR. (MRS) MERCY DANIEL EBONG (CLN) Bs.c Ed.(Uyo), MLS (Uyo), Ph.D (UNN)
DR. (Mrs.) Mercy Daniel Ebong (CLN) is currently the Polytechnic Librarian of the Federal Polytechnic Ukana, in Essien -Udim local Government area of Akwa Ibom State. She is an Academic Librarian who had her first Degree in Accounting Education (Bs.c Ed) and her Masters Degree in Library and Information science (MLS) in University of Uyo and proceeded to University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where she obtained a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D) in Library and Information science. She started her carrier as an Assistant Librarian in the Medical Library of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State in 2000 – 2006. She later on was appointed the Head of Documents and United Nations Publications in 2006 -2008. She moved to University of Uyo Library in April 2008 and continued her carrier in the Library Department as the Head of Law Library from 2009 to 2010. She was appointed the Head of Resource’ Processing section (Chief Cataloguer of University of Uyo) from 2014 to 2019. While as a chief Cataloguer and a Senior Lecturer, she also lectured library science courses at the Department of Educ.Tech. & Library science, Faculty of Education, University of Uyo, Uyo. She is married with four children. As an academic and a seasoned researcher, she has many publications in national and international journals. Dr. Ebong has attended many workshops and conferences both locally and internationally. She is a Chartered Librarian with the Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN). Currently, Dr Ebong is the Vice – Chairperson of the Nigerian Library Association, Akwa Ibom State Chapter.