Archive for Barbara Fister

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


Indigenous Peoples Day

photo of Dakota 38 Plus 2 Riders in Mankato, 2012, courtesy of The Uptake The library is observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day with an online resource guide and an exhibit, Commemorating Controversy, originally created by students on the 150th anniversary of the Dakota-U.S. war. The exhibit is also available in digital form through our institutional repository, […]

Cookies and Constitutions

This Friday, September 16th,¬†between 1 and 4 pm the library will celebrate Constitution Day, with frost-your-own cookies and pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution that you can take with you thanks to the generous support of the Dean of Students office. And do we have a guide for that? Of course we do.  

Resources for Nobel

Books by our Nobel speakers are on a display shelf near the front door in the new books area. Additional books on the subject are displayed in the GLA Reading Room. Feel free to check out any that interest you. Want to browse from afar? No problem. We have a guide for that.

Resources for Between the World and Me

Our Reading in Common book this fall is short but challenging, raising difficult questions about race, history, fairness, and how Americans see themselves. You can read more about these issues by checking out our Black Lives Matter and Understanding Whiteness resource guides or browsing our diversity display shelves in the GLA Reading Room. Don’t forget […]

Any Questions?

After a lot of study and thought, the librarians have switched up the way we provide reference services. We hope to connect with students through their courses and individually through personal contact. Every department has a liaison librarian who can help students with their research needs. You can call us, make an appointment, drop by […]

Special and Rare

Some students will remember a brick-lined room on the library’s main floor that was a quiet bolt-hole for serious studying before it was mysteriously locked up. Alumni and other long-timers will recall when that room was full of microfilm. Well, the locks are open now (at least during the daytime) and you can study in […]

For Faculty: you get an arXiv and YOU get an arXiv

Since 1991, physicists and fellow travelers have been sharing their research online through arXiv, originally hosted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, now at Cornell. A bit later, economists began to share their work through RepEc. Much more recently, bioRxiv was launched at Cold Springs Harbor to host biology research. A site for social sciences […]

For Faculty: Good News, Bad News

Social scientists, rejoice! A new platform for sharing social research has just been announced, just in time to replace SSRN (the Social Science Research Network purchased by Elsevier with unsurprisingly disastrous results). Though SocArXiv is still under development, you can already upload papers, pre-prints, and any research to which you hold the rights. Don’t forget […]

Building Bridges Library Resources

The theme for this year’s Building Bridges is Silver or Lead: Wealth and Violence in the War on Drugs. We have a display near the front door of some of the many books in the library related to this topic as well as a guide to some of our resources. This day-long conference featuring speakers […]

With Islam in the News …

. . .¬† we thought it was a good time to display some of the resources we have on the subject. You’ll find our book display just inside the front doors. Feel free to check out any of the books that you would like to take home with you. We also have a list of […]