Archive for Barbara Fister

Barbara Fister is a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College. You can view her profile here


Travel in January – Or Vicariously

There are so many opportunities to travel abroad during the January IEX term. Stop by outside the caff on Monday, April 12th between 3:00 and 5:30 pm to check out the offerings – or browse through them online. We also have books about all the destinations available for travel domestically or abroad. You can do […]

RIP Ursula Le Guin

We have lost a great writer. If you haven’t discovered her books – or if you want to reread one you loved – we have many of them available in the library. I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live […]

Open Again

We are open again! Come on inside and enjoy lovely views of a snowy campus from the library. You can also check things out – who wants to be caught without an emergency book or two? Or a pile of magazines or some DVDs? If you’re looking for something to read, check out our display of […]

Snow Day – We’re Closed!

The weather outside is frightful. Since classes have been canceled, the library is closing at 10 am along with most of the campus. You will be able to access electronic resources whether you are on campus or off. Any research questions you might have can be asked via email. Stay warm and safe!

New Zines Have Landed

We visited the 13th annual Twin Cities Zine Fest earlier this fall and acquired new zines for our collection. Check them out! (Literally. You can check them out.) This collection, which lives on shelves just outside the Hasselquist Room on the main floor, is geared toward expressive work that is hand-made and photocopied, representing an […]

Spring Research Opportunity – That Pays

Deadline extended! Are you going to be our next Lindell Scholar? Are you interested in doing fieldwork that will benefit the library and the college – and possibly lead to publication? Would you like to get some funding to do this work? Every other year, the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library selects a junior or senior […]

Celebrating the US Constitution

On September 17th, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the US Constitution. Every year, the signing of the Constitution is celebrated by observing Constitution Day – honoring both our founding legal document and people who become American citizens. Before the US entered World War II, many states and, eventually, the federal government embraced “I […]

For Faculty: Digital Tools for Learning

We have been participating in the Mellon-funded Digital Humanities workshops and activities over the past three years. Students will once again have an interesting array of IEX courses this coming January that will have at least some infusion of digital humanities including a new one offered by the library (on Identity and the Internet – […]

Fall .5 Credit Course – Information Fluency

Will you be taking a course that requires research next fall? Are you thinking about applying to grad school? Are you planning a career that involves research? You might be interested in NDL 301: Information Fluency. This half-credit seminar course meets once a week (Tuesdays, 2:30-4:20) for discussion and hands-on work. Students may conduct research […]

The Press Is Not Our Enemy

The library faculty is dismayed by President Trump’s recent public statement that the media is “the enemy of the American people.” We believe a free press is fundamentally important to the future of an American democracy. The First Amendment to the US Constitution wisely offers strong defense of journalists striving to write the “first draft […]