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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Most Recent Articles

July 4, 2013
As I write this, it’s Independence Day and my small town is part of a surveillance state.
June 25, 2013
I've started a list of tacit knowledge many of us have about information based on experiences that our students haven’t had.
June 17, 2013
All libraries face a certain amount of conflict over weeding. But weeding is just one aspect of a broader struggle over books.  
June 10, 2013
Whenever I hear some official reassure us that “ordinary Americans have nothing to fear,” I start to worry.
June 4, 2013
Open access publishing has been gaining ground. I thought it would be instructive to talk to Doug Eyman, editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, & Pedagogy - which has been exploring the potential of open access web-based publishing since 1996.
May 30, 2013
I have never taken to calling people who use libraries “customers.”
May 21, 2013
Let's end the tyranny of the impact factor. 
May 13, 2013
Aaron McCullough and Meredith Kahn answer questions about an innovative new imprint at Michigan Publishing. 
May 7, 2013
The Supreme Court’s ruling last week that states can limit Freedom of Information Act requests to residents of those states is troubling.
May 1, 2013
Libraries pay a lot of attention to designing spaces for student learning. What do we do to support faculty learning? 

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