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ERIC Number: EJ1066514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Perceived Inadequacy: A Study of the Imposter Phenomenon among College and Research Librarians
Clark, Melanie; Vardeman, Kimberly; Barba, Shelley
College & Research Libraries, v75 n3 p255-271 May 2014
The Imposter Phenomenon (IP) is an observed anxiety caused by an individual's feelings of fraudulence, fear of being exposed as a fraud, and inability to internalize personal achievement. This study measures the incidence of the IP among librarians at college and research institutions in the United States and Canada and seeks to identify factors that contribute to its frequency. One in eight librarians reported above average IP scores. Younger librarians and those with less longevity experience IP feelings at a higher rate than more experienced counterparts. Also included is a discussion of how to lessen the impact of IP feelings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States
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