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Wednesday, March 18 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Identity and Impostor Syndrome in Library Makerspaces

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Do makerspaces belong in libraries? Are librarians makers? As makerspaces become more prevalent in libraries, many librarians are questioning their role in the community of tinkerers and creators known as the "Maker Movement."

Gender imbalance and a lack of diversity in makerspaces can lead to impostor syndrome, or “a false and sometimes crippling belief that one's successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill” (Merriam Webster). Impostor syndrome can affect anyone, but studies suggest that women and people of color are more likely to experience these feelings of inadequacy.

This session will share the findings of one librarian’s examination of her impostor syndrome and consider factors that can contribute to self-doubt in library makerspaces. She will share the results of conversations and interviews with her peers, as well as strategies for managing impostor syndrome. Participants will then take time to reflect on a time when they felt out of place or unsure of themselves. Attendees will be broken into small groups for discussion and to share their own approaches for conquering impostor syndrome.


Leanne Nay

Digital Engagement Librarian, Indiana University
Leanne Nay is the Digital Engagement Librarian for the Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington, Indiana. Her research interests include filmmaking, digital media, graphic design, makerspaces, and wearable technology. Prior to joining the IU Libraries, she worked as the Digital... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Weyerhaeurser Boardroom