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

January 7, 2015
Academic libraries, like the curriculum, are about more than content delivery. But learning can't happen without the stuff.
December 17, 2014
A look back and a hopeful look forward, thanks to a brilliant essay by Kevin Seeber.
December 11, 2014
An ethnography of Wikipedia shows how it works in practice, if not in theory.
December 4, 2014
A forthcoming article about librarian involvement in first-year instruction is well worth reading - together. 
November 25, 2014
These things we librarians do - what difference can it make? 
November 20, 2014
Which is more important, libraries or librarians? Who gets to decide what the library will be in the future? 
November 10, 2014
Why is it so hard to tackle big problems when the solutions seem so obvious?
November 5, 2014
We're so busy polishing the surface, we're too busy to see there's no there there.
October 29, 2014
In a world that combines austerity with an attention economy that comes without wages, do we really need to cite more stuff?
October 22, 2014
Open access to scholarship makes more sense than ever.


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