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Career progression: mentoring to the rescue

Benedict Oladele and Adetoun Oyelude

Librarianship is an information service profession that is as ancient as the world itself. The early practitioners were private collection owner-librarians (Oladele, 2010). These were never trained in the art of librarianship as obtains in modern times but were experts or interested in wide-ranging subjects such as philosophy, astrology, mathematics, and other esoteric sciences. According to Brundige (2009) the first professional librarian in recorded history was Zenodotus of Ephesus, who was the librarian of the Library of Alexandria. The same source (Brundige) goes further to credit Eratosthenes of Cyrene as the first Librarian of the Alexandrian Library to ...

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