Barbara Fister

I'm a librarian who works at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and and a writer of blog posts, articles, grocery lists, columns, twitter posts, and mysteries

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Most Recent Articles

November 23, 2015
We have less funding for the things that really matter while paying much more to compensate for austerity policies.
November 19, 2015
What is encryption and why are those government officials saying it's so dangerous?
November 13, 2015
If an editorial board abandons a journal, is it still the journal it was, or is it a zombie journal?
November 5, 2015
Reading about drone warfare in The Intercept makes me think about how much Silicon Valley assumptions about human behavior have shaped our world.
November 1, 2015
A new book explores threshold concepts in writing studies and how they can be useful in practice. Librarians, take note.
October 20, 2015
The thing about privilege is that those who have it don't see it - and access to scholarship is no exception. But there are signs of change.
October 15, 2015
As we move toward open access to research, libraries will still need to help our communities navigate a complicated world of printed material, electronic subscriptions, and openly accessible knowledge.
October 8, 2015
You can make your work open access without sacrificing quality or prestige.
October 6, 2015
A visit to a class meeting in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park shows just how compelling a good research experience can be. 
September 24, 2015
When fear is used to restrict rights, librarians should act on our principles.


Co-Authored Articles

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