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Title:Perceived influence of academic qualifications, gender, religious affiliation and ethnic sentiment on mentoring practices among librarians in selected university libraries in Nigeria
Authors:Haliso, YacobISNI
Onuoha, Uloma DorisISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:information professionals
on-the-job training
university libraries
Abstract:Mentoring is a means through which an adult professional aids, supports, guides and provides assistance to a younger colleague. While the concept of mentoring is not new, most university libraries in Nigeria have yet to develop mentoring programmes that offer less experienced staff members the opportunity of benefiting from the knowledge of their superiors. Where mentoring exists, it is at an informal level. The present study investigates the impact of academic qualifications, gender, ethnic sentiment and religious affiliation on mentoring practices among librarians in six academic libraries in southwestern Nigeria. It finds that academic qualifications and religious affiliation have no significant influence on mentoring practices, while gender and ethnic sentiment do in that they influence respondents in deciding whom to mentor. Amongst others the authors recommend the development of formal mentoring programmes to support the informal programmes already in place. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]