Barbara Fister


Professor in Library

Barbara Fister has coordinated the library’s instruction program for three decades. In addition to collaborative teaching with faculty across the curriculum she has developed courses on research methods, book culture, and (most recently) clickbait, bias, and propaganda in information networks. Her research interests include information literacy, popular reading practices, the future of publishing, and the intersection of technology and society. Her thoughts on all of these topics can be found in her publications and public presentations as well as in her weekly column at Inside Higher Ed.


B.A. in Russian Literature, University of Kentucky; MLIS, University of Texas; MA in English Literature, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NDL-301 Information Fluency 15 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/JN
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 4 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA
NDL-201 Reading Workshop 3 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
NDL-105 Books and Culture 3 2013/JN, 2011/JN, and 2009/JN