The Place of Mentoring in Developing Librariansâ€™ Leadership Competency
Keywords:Leadership, Leadership competency, Librarian, Mentoring, Librarian development
This paper examines the place of mentoring in developing librariansâ€™ leadership competency. The article presents a rationale for the identification of an important component of such a statement of leadership competencies in the context of the knowledge and skills associated with mentoring. The concept of leadership is explored as a task related to but separate from management. The paper looks at the overview of library leadership competency; concept of mentoring; why mentoring; mentorsâ€™ responsibilities; menteesâ€™ responsibilities; ethical issues in mentoring; mentoring and leadership style of librarians. It concludes by suggesting that library professionals in Nigeria should give mentoring a chance. This is one of the ways to build strong career life in librarianship and explore future possibilities for young library professionals. Also, authorities in the Nigerian libraries should adopt various motivational techniques that can encourage staff and increase their productivity in order to promote deserved rapid growth and development of librarianship profession in this information age.
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