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

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? 
April 25, 2013
The Pew Internet and American Life project has just published a report on “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age" that made me think about how students approach research.
April 18, 2013
I wasn’t entirely sure what the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) would look like when the long-awaited launch date of April 18 approached. The suspense is finally over: it looks great.
April 11, 2013
The Ithaka faculty survey for 2012 is out. Just like in 2009, the faculty don’t think much of the library - except for the news that humanities faculty are a little more inclined than in the previous faculty survey to start their research using a library catalog. As in 2009, the library’s most valued function is to pay the bills for content, and even that function is less important than it was when the survey was last conducted. I can't help wondering - could it be because libraries have less money and the bills are higher?
April 3, 2013
My current fascination is the nature of online reading communities, which I hope will be the subject of my next sabbatical, assuming my proposal is accepted. So the sale of Goodreads to Amazon is naturally fascinating to me. 

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