A sense of belonging is an integral aspect of success in a long-term, group-oriented endeavor such as the pursuit of a college education. When students feel their presence at college is fraudulent, their achievements unfounded, or that they will be further disenfranchised if their true self is discovered, it is less likely that they will connect to the people and services who can help them achieve their educational goals. This “imposter syndrome” or “imposter phenomenon” can be addressed and turned around through a concerted effort. While that effort involves a personal journey, like any journey it is often aided and accompanied by others. Through strategic outreach efforts, academic libraries are positioned to be important players in that journey, helping these “imposters” renegotiate their self images to include a sense of their essential place in academia and belief in their ability to successfully complete their academic goals.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group in College & Undergraduate Libraries on January 2018, available online at doi: 10.1080/10691316.2017.1364080
Ramsey, Elizabeth and Brown, Deana. (2018). "Feeling Like a Fraud: Helping Students Renegotiate Their Academic Identities". College & Undergraduate Libraries, 25(1), 86-90.