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Friday, April 5 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
S502 My Comeback Story: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Archival Profession

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Imposter syndrome.  We’ve all had it.  Whether new to the profession or long-time archivists, we’ve all had that patron, that donor, or simply a moment where we’ve thought, Am I cut out for this?  In the style of lightning talks, this session will feature short stories from panelists who range in diversity regarding career experience, institution type, and cultural background. These stories seek to start the conversation in our profession by openly discussing their imposter moment, how it impacted their career and their learning experience.  By opening up the discussion to the audience, the session hopes to reduce imposter syndrome and help create a more inclusive profession.


April Anderson-Zorn

Illinois State University


Amber Dushman

American Medical Association

Rebekah McFarland

Sisters of the Living Word

Danielle Nowak

The Morton Arboretum-Sterling Morton Library

Beth Myers

Smith College Special Collections
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Jennifer Ho

The Chicago Community Trust
During the day, I serve as the archivist for The Chicago Community Trust. I'm also the founder of Lawrence & Argyle, an apparel company that celebrates and supports America's immigrant heritage. I am a proud member of the Chinese American Service League Associate Board.

Beth Loch

Chicago Public Library

Allison Stankrauff

Wayne State University

Britt Farley

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

Friday April 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
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