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 mysteries


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Most Recent Articles

May 17, 2016
Elsevier wants to help us manage our research journey from start to finish. No thanks.
May 12, 2016
Decisions driven by anxiety are usually not as effective as those driven by a sense of purpose. 
May 8, 2016
It’s hard to reconcile an annual celebrations of motherhood with its reality in the U.S.
April 28, 2016
A new report from ACRL spells out the findings of a massive student learning assessment project. I still have some questions. 
April 21, 2016
Some women without access to libraries, archives, or the Internet are making amazing discoveries. Want to help? 
April 17, 2016
Yahoo - remember Yahoo? - goes on sale today. There may be more at stake than you think.
April 13, 2016
No matter how you parse the four factors, we're winning on fair use when it comes to sharing excepts with students.
March 29, 2016
Free books! And a sensible if revolutionary move by MIT Libraries.
March 23, 2016
How the Framework for Information Literacy might help us rethink what libraries are all about.
March 17, 2016
All information systems have biases, including those run by machine instructions.

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