Barbara Fister

I'm a librarian who works at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and and a writer of blog posts, articles, grocery lists, columns, twitter posts, and mysteries

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June 10, 2011
I had an unusually busy travel year. Usually, I go to one conference - at most. This time I went to an embarrassing number, and most of them were out of my discipline.
May 31, 2011
In last Sunday's New York Times Jonathan Franzen wrote about the ways love, technology, and consumerism are growing blurred. We collect friends, we show affection for things by clicking on them, and we gather followers in a hall-of-mirrors projection of our selves as an aggregation of connections.
May 26, 2011
I seem unable to develop a sustained argument about anything right now, so - oh, look, a butterfly! Instead here are some random thoughts. This is more or less my brain on RSS feeds. First, the bad news:
May 17, 2011
For the last couple of weeks I've been acting cynical and complaining about our cult of excess information when what we need is access to information in a way that's sustainable and not quite as likely as the current state of affairs to make my head explode.
May 11, 2011
Last week, I confessed to having something of a crisis of faith. I was attending a fascinating workshop on library publishing services.
May 5, 2011
I am feeling a bit of cognitive dissonance. I just sent off a list of talking points for a board meeting of our friends group, which works hard to support the library and would like to hear some cheering news about what that support means. Because I'm out of town, a colleague will be talking to our friends, and I just remembered--whoops--I had promised to give her some ideas.That's really not hard, because the friends group supports a lot of neat things.
April 28, 2011
Some end-of-the-week reflections on the uses of college students as human shields for stupid decisions:
April 19, 2011
I’ve been mulling over a couple of documents that have generated a lot of chatter in my online circles in the past couple of weeks.

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