Barbara Fister

I'm a librarian who works at a liberal arts college in a rural corner of Minnesota where I write blog posts, articles, grocery lists, Tweets, and sometimes fiction.

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Most Recent Articles

January 15, 2019
A court decision on the census is good news - for now.
January 9, 2019
The internet has always served as a surveillance tool.
January 2, 2019
... I think I know. Welcome to the public domain, 1923.
December 20, 2018
Ten good books about libraries and technology published in 2018 that I can recommend (plus one).
December 14, 2018
Don't look down on amateurs - they know more than we realize.
December 6, 2018
. . . and how we actually could, if we make writing a practice, not a punitive test.
December 3, 2018
A fraudulent university that is also a fraudulent publishing empire and a fraudulent shopping network is an unsettling example of what can happen when the reality replicator gets gummed up.
November 25, 2018
It's all too easy to hack the simulated reality of our lives online.
November 12, 2018
Bruce Schneier has some recommendations for making the internet more resilient and secure.
November 7, 2018
. . . after another incredibly stressful election.


July 28, 2011
Times Higher Education releases its annual compilation of amusing student writing.
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