Archive for Barbara Fister


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

 

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 […]

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. We may not have cake for him this year, but we do have some good reading. With the help of science faculty we have complied a list of nifty websites and blogs and have highlighted some of the books in our collection that make reading about science […]

Learn About Islam

Given recent events, we have added a few new resources to our guide about Islam in the News to reiterate our commitment to religious diversity and assure Muslim students, faculty, and staff that you are welcome here. Our 2016 guide about the refugee crisis seems newly relevant, too.   Photo of the mosque in Abuja […]

Standing Rock Conversation

The Student Senate is sponsoring a panel and discussion of the Standing Rock protest against the North Dakota Pipeline. It will be held December 7th at 6:00  p.m. in the Dive. We put together a brief guide about the protest.   image courtesy of Dark Sevier

Open Mic @ the Library

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2:30-4:00 pm We know that many Gusties have a creative side. We’d like to celebrate our local writers by hosting an informal open mic (only without the mic) in the GLA Reading Room, on the main floor of the Gustavus library. Have a poem, a story, an essay, or fanfic you’d like […]

Extra Reference Hours

To help with crunch time, librarians will be available for research consultations three evenings a week for the next two weeks. You’ll find help at the reference desk on . . . Sunday, December 4th, 6-9 pm Monday, December 5th, 6-9 pm Tuesday, December 6th, 6-9 pm Sunday, December 11th, 6-9 pm Monday, December 12th, […]

Spring Courses to Fit Your Schedule

Librarians are offering two courses in the spring that might be a good fit for your interests and your schedules. Anna Hulseberg is teaching NDL 201 – Reading Workshop, a .25 credit pass/fail course that meets during the first half of spring semester on Wednesday afternoons, from 2:30 – 3:20. Students read and discuss a book […]

Open Access Week – Take Action

It’s time to celebrate the movement to free scholarly research and make it available to all. The Open Access Week website has some suggestions for taking action. Among the things you can do: Upload your work to SocArXiv. Consider submitting an article to Open Library of Humanities. Take a look at the Open Science Framework […]

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.