Archive for Barbara Fister

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



Help Our Research – and Earn $20

Gustavus is participating in “A Day in the Life,” a research study exploring how students experience campus life at universities across the United States. We are looking for 20 Gusties who would be willing to participate in the study. Participants will respond to survey questions sent via text message on one day in mid-October and will […]


Research Paper Prize

Have you written a paper you’re proud of? Does it demonstrate excellence in the use of sources? It may be the next winner of the Patricia Lindell Research Paper Prize. Papers must have been written within the past two academic years. They can be on any subject, but should demonstrate the excellent use of source […]


Your Voice, Your History

We hope you will consider participating in “Student Voices @ Gustavus,” a digital history project that will relate the history of the college through the eyes of students, past and present. We want to hear from you!  What was a defining moment for you as a student at Gustavus? Here are some additional questions to […]


Why We’re Here

In case you wondered why a smiling librarian is always sitting at a desk out in the middle of the library, we thought we’d try out a new sign. We mocked this up on paper after debating typefaces. (Team Serif won.) If we find that it helps people realize we’re not just faculty without offices […]


Watch Your Stuff!

Bah, humbug! We’ve had a rash of thefts in the library. Word to the wise: keep an eye on your laptops, phones, iPads, and textbooks. Some Grinches are at work trying to ruin your day. photo courtesy of Rhys A.


Book Launch Friday

Students in Kate Knutson’s First Term Seminar on Fast Food & Society have published a book of essays, In the Shadow of the Golden Arches. They will be celebrating its release in the library this Friday (December 13th) between 9:30 and 11:00 am. Students will share donuts, hot cocoa, and fascinating insights into farming, working […]


Lindell Scholar Award Deadline, Dec. 2

Today’s the day! If you want to toss your hat in the ring for the chance to be this spring’s Lindell Scholar, the deadline for applications is Monday, December 2nd.  Work with a librarian on a digital humanities project this spring and earn a $1,200 award. Check it out.

Matt Rasmussen, Dec. 5th

Join the community on Thursday, December 5th, between 3:00 and 4:30 in the Book Mark to congratulate and celebrate poet Matt Rasmussen. Matt’s first book or poetry, Black Aperture, was a finalist for this years’s National Book Award. There will be refreshments! And you can do some holiday shopping while you’re at it  – because surely […]


Library Renovation News

You may have seen the news in the paper or on the college website or heard the announcement at the Gustavus Library Associates‘ Royal Affair – donors have committed funds and more are being raised to renovate the library. We’re excited about the possibilities but are especially interested in knowing what you think the library needs and what you […]


Apply to be a Patricia Lindell Scholar

Every other year, the library offers a research opportunity funded by the Gustavus Library Associates. The Lindell Scholar receives a $1,200 award upon successful completion of the project. Because of the time commitment involved, applicants are strongly recommended to apply for independent study credit during the spring semester. Each project has a different focus. This […]