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Mary ellen chijioke

Department: University Library
Designation : University Librarian
Phone: 08093843272


Born in the U.S. Studied at Swarthmore Colege, Pennsyla\vania (B.A. Political Science-International Relations) and U.C.L.A. (M.Sc. and C.Phil. Political Science. Came to Nigeria 1973 to marry Prof. M.O. Chijioke. 3 sons, during which took P.G.Dip. Lib. at U. Ibadan and began work as Technical Services Librarian at UN Enugu Campus. Followed husband back to UNN 1978, where became Head of Reference, UNN Library, then to Kenya, where consulting and served as Library Director, United States International Library, Nairobi Campus. Back to UNN 1983, taught U.S. History until 1985 appointment as lecturer new Dept. of Library Science19 to U.S. to begin doctoral programme at Columbia University, which shortly thereafter closed the department. 1989-200, Curator of the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, then Director of Hege Library, Guilford College to the end of 2008. Return to Nigeria 2009, became University Librarian, Godfrey Okoye University and Chief Librarian, Institution of Ecumenical Education 10 Feb. 2010. Also now ICT coordinator of GO Uni and overall coordinator of library and ICT services in the Godfrey Okoye Group of Institutions. Active in family affairs, Nigerwives and the Religious Society of Friends in Nigeria.

Area of Specialization:

Academic Library Management, Quaker History

Professional body:

Nigerian Library Association, American Library Association, Eastern Nigeria Library Association

Special Duties:

University Librarian (Principal Officer), 2010- Chief Librarian, Institute of Ecumenical Education, 2010- ICT Coordinator (responsible for library and information services in the Godfrey Okoye Group of Institutions), 2016-


Chijioke, Mary Ellen. "Choosing Books for Young Children." School Libraries Bulletin 14(1) (April 1987). Chijioke, Mary Ellen. “A National Cataloging Service for Nigeria: A Preliminary Proposal.” Microcomputers in LibrariesI, 5 (1090): 148=183. Chijioke, Mary Ellen. "Public Libraries as Information Networks: Nigeria in the 21st Century." Journal of Librarianship 21(3) (July 1989) (paper first presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Library Association, Abeokuta, Nigeria, March 1987). Chijioke, Mary Ellen. “A National Cataloging Service for Nigeria: A Preliminary Proposal.” Microcomputers in LibrariesI, 5 (1090): 148-183. Chijioke, Mary Ellen (first with Claire B. Shetter, then with Barbara Addison). "Articles and Publications" and "Research in Progress." Quaker History: biennial columns 79(1) (Spring 1990) - 90(1) (Spring 2001). Chijioke, Maryu Ellen. "Using Quaker Records for Genealogical Searches." Plain Language 3(1): 10-23 (1990). Wedgeworth, Robert, gen. ed.; Chijioke, Mary Ellen and Della Cave, Olha, assoc. eds. World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services, 3rd. edition: Associate Editor. Chicago: American Library Association, 1992. Chijioke, Maryu Ellen. "Friends Forever?" Swarthmore College Bulletin 101(2): 88-89, 86 (December 1993). Chijioke, Maryu Ellen. "What's in a Name?" Swarthmore College Bulletin 103(4): 56-57 (February 1996. Abbott, Mary Post, Pink Dandelion, Mary Ellen Chijioke and Joh W. Oliver, Jr. Historical Dictionary of the Friends. Lanham, MD.: Scarecrow Press, 2003. Ogbonnia, Chidozie Alex and Chijioke, Mary Ellen, ed. Education and Priesthood: Ten Years of Priesthood, Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Christian Anieke, PhD (Honorary Citizen of Mittercirchen, Austria). Enugu: Black Belt Konzult, 2010. Chijioke, Mary Ellen, ed. Biotechnology and National Development: Proceedings of the National Conference on Biotechnology and National Development, Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu, 20-23 July 2011. Enugu: Godfrey Okoye University, 2012. Abbott, Mary Post, Pink Dandelion, Mary Ellen Chijioke and Joh W. Oliver, Jr. Historical Dictionary of the Friends. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD.: Scarecrow Press, 2012.

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2010- Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu State Univeristy Librarian Overall responsibility for management of university library services, including development of collections and services; budget, personnel and facilities managemtn; applications of technology to library services; representation of the university in outside library bodies; development of special projects; as principal officer of the university, participating in the Senior Management Team and undertaking other management assignments at the direction of the Vice Chancellor 2000-2008 Guilford College, Greensboro, NC Director, Hege Library Assistant Librarian 2000-2001; Associate Librarian 2001-2008 Overall responsibility for management of college library services, including development of collections and services; budget, personnel and facilities management; applications of technology to library services; representation of the library in the College and outside bodies, including the NC-PALS library consortium; supervision of the Friends Historical Collection; and development and management of special projects Instructor in Quaker Studies, 2005 Teaching Religious Studies 235: Quaker Origins 1989-2000 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA Curator, Friends Historical Library Professional head of international-level research library on Quakerism. Responsible for overall management of archival and library collections, including soliciting donations (in cash and kind), determining processing policy, reference for researchers, applying for and managing grants, cooperating with other libraries, managing personnel and budgets 1988-89 Columbia University, New York, NY Teaching Assistant, School of Library Service 1 semester co-taught core course in Librarianship; 1 semester research assistant to the Dean 1984-88 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria Part-time Lecturer in Library Science and History (1984-86) Lecturer I, Department of Library Science (1986-88) Taught courses in technical services, cataloging and classification, and in school librarianship; developed and managed student practicals 1983 United States International University -- Africa Head Librarian Director of library for branch campus serving ca. 750 students in Nairobi; planned and managed move to new campus; oversaw major development of collections, reorganization of technical services, and expansion of services 1981-82 Consultant in Library Services, Nairobi, Kenya Specialist in technical services, with the following clients: National Council for Science and Technology (national survey of information resources in Kenya, with special responsibility for agriculture) Canadian High Commission (design and execution of organization of the library, including cataloging and classification, circulation, and serials management) United States International University -- Africa (reclassification of the existing collection and training of graduate non-professional staff to continue new additions) United States Agency for International Development, REDSO/EA (design and development of systems and procedures for a word-processor-based finding list for the Regional Office Library) 1977-80 University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria Librarian II (1977-79), Librarian I (1979-80): April 1977-September 1978: Technical Services Librarian, Enugu Campus Library, Enugu Established acquisitions, cataloging and classification services for branch campus serving Law, Pre-clinical Medicine, Architecture, Surveying, and Business Management September 1978-July 1980: Head of Reference Services, Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, Nsukka Managed reference services, including collection development and interlibrary loan, for main campus of the University with ca. 10,000 students at undergraduate and graduate levels 1976-77 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria Part-time Lecturer in General Studies (Humanities) 1975-76 University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria Part-time Lecturer in Political Science 1972-73 Children's Welcome Day Care Center, New York, NY Administrator Managed transition from parents' cooperative to city-funded agency, including renovation and equipping of site, hiring and training staff, establishment of accounting system, and development of program 1970-72 Quaker Project on Community Conflict, New York, NY Nonviolence Trainer and Office Manager/Financial Secretary