Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Librarians in Nigeria are called upon to give Mentoring a chance

Samuel Eyitayo delivering his paper

On June 12, Samuel A. Eyitayo, Information Resource Center (IRC) Director, U.S. Consulate General, Lagos called upon all Library professionals in Nigeria to give Mentoring a chance. This, according to him, is one of the ways to build strong career life and explore future possibilities. The special session was designed by the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) for young delegates of the 51st Annual General General/National Conference holding in Calabar, Cross River State.

Mr. Eyitayo presented a paper titled Building a Virile Career Life: Future Possibilities for Young Library Professional. In his paper, he encouraged delegates to take their career seriously. He suggested the following ways of developing a strong career life:

  • Follow your passion, it will lead you to your destiny.
  • Build your career with the end in view
  • Network for the purpose of rising to the peak
  • Soil your hands with the clay of technology. Keep practising until you can do it.
  • Do something, do not talk about. Do what others hate to do.
  • Be so good at what you do that no one will ignore you.
  • Resign yourself to a lifelong learning life
  • Seek to be mentored by upwardly mobile professionals.
He concluded the session by emphasizing that everyone is responsible for your building their own career life. Hence, they should start immediately.

Mr. Eyitayo later encouraged delegates to seek for mentors/mentees immediately. Addresses were exchanged among junior and old professionals. They were tasked to do something in the next one year. He suggested each group to embark on any of the following projects and report back to the National Executive through the National Secretary by March 2014:

  • Write a joint paper.
  • Seek for a grant e.g. travel grant
  • Apply for at least one Award.
  • Learn at least one specific skill required for the future. 
  • Choose any other professional activity that are germane for the future.

 Do you have any other ideas.

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