It is essential for librarians to advance professionally. The professional competencies of librarians that were acquired through education and library practice may no longer be relevant for the jobs that have been changed or redesigned by technology. Thus, this study determined the association between the head librarians’ quality of mentoring and personal attributes and the librarians’ level of professional competencies. The respondents were the professional librarians in Northern Mindanao. Mixed method and standardized survey instruments were used in the study. Data were analysed using percentage, mean, Pearson’s r, t-test and Anova. The findings of the study revealed that the quality of mentoring and personal attributes of head librarians is to a great extent as assessed by the librarians which includes career advancement and psychosocial support. The librarians’ assessment of their level of professional competencies showed “high” in both their hard and soft skills. It was further disclosed that there was a significant association between the head librarians’ quality of mentoring and personal attributes and the librarians’ level of professional competencies. It is then concluded that head librarians are driven, committed, and engaged to enhance the professional competencies of the librarians. It is recommended that library administrators may consider planning, designing and implementing a mentoring program to further enhance and maintain the professional competencies of librarians.
Melody Retazo, Lourdes College, Philippines
Stream: Knowledge Creation
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