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

April 18, 2017
A pair of books look at digital scholarship, one from the perspective of faculty who want to contribute ot the public good, the other a view of how students use technology in their lives.
April 13, 2017
What have we learned from the “fake news” conundrum? That neither algorithmic tweaks nor lessons in fact-checking will solve the problem.
April 5, 2017
Now that our ISPs can spy on us just like Google and Facebook, it's time to invest a few minutes in making privacy a habit.
March 30, 2017
Maybe it’s not just free as in speech we need to worry about, but free as in beer (or kittens).
March 20, 2017
Want to personalize that news website for me? Please don't.
March 16, 2017
I'm a librarian, so of course I believe in free inquiry. But not exactly in these terms.
March 2, 2017
A new way to search, sort of like tracing citations only . . . well, try it.
February 27, 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos's fall was abrupt. Is there a tipping point for outrageous behavior?
February 19, 2017
From Truthiness to #DayofFacts
February 8, 2017
Reporters shouldn't air their personal opinions in public - or so the tradition goes. I see some problems with that.

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