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Official Meeting Blogger: Impostor Phenomenon and the Health Sciences Librarian

Of the varying topics covered within Lightning Talks 3, the Impostor Phenomenon (Coping Strategies for Impostor Phenomenon among Health Sciences Librarians, by Debra Warner, Michelle Bass, AHIP, Liz Kellermeyer, and Jill Barr-Walker) talk struck a chord with me. You, and many other, may be wondering, “what is impostor phenomenon”? The presenter, Debra Werner, described it as the inability to internalize accomplishments while experiencing the fear of being exposed as a fraud. Why would health sciences librarians feel this way, you may ask? Well, many of us do not have a clinical background.  

The researchers found that the best strategies to combat these feelings of inadequacy were professional education, mentorship, and working with colleagues. Avoidance and “fake it ‘til you make it” strategies were least effective.

Other notable talks in this this session included:

  • Using a Poster and Survey Model to Reach New Heights at Library Orientation, by Gary S. Atwood and Nancy A. Bianchi.
  • Confronted by Copyright: Creating Social Media Policies in the Face of Litigation, by Margaret Emily Ansell, AHIP, and Melissa L. Rethlefsen, AHIP.
  • Role of an Academic Medical Library in Research Impact and Evaluation, by Arian Abdulla and Andrea Denton

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