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

April 8, 2015
I've been hearing about threshold concepts from Ray Land, one of the idea's originators, and he's asking librarians some good questions. 
April 1, 2015
A review of Bruce Schneier's book, Data and Goliath.
March 24, 2015
From "al the news fit to print" to the news that Facebook thinks you should read. 
March 18, 2015
Bruce Schneier's new book pairs nicely with a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. 
March 11, 2015
Yet another foundation tells higher ed how to cut costs through technology, eliminating frills like libraries, research,and face-to-face learning.
March 9, 2015
Was it illegal for Elsevier to sell open access articles to unsuspecting buyers? Maybe not, but it was wrong.
March 5, 2015
Don't you just read books all day? You need a degree for that? 
February 25, 2015
Results from the second phase of a lifelong learning study are out - and it gives academic librarians plenty to think about.
February 16, 2015
There's a world of information, and most of it isn't in the form of scholarship. Are our graduates ready to engage with it?
February 12, 2015
We say we value patron privacy. If so, we have a lot of work to do.

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