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

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.
January 28, 2017
And it’s a good thing, too.
January 16, 2017
Google's mission is to organizes the world's information and make it universally accessible, Facebook's is to give us the power to share in order to make the world more connected. So why are we so ill-informed and divided?
January 12, 2017
The press, higher education, and libraries - we don't always do it right, but a commitment to seeking the truth matters.
January 10, 2017
It's a famous law of librarianship: books are for use. And, surprise surprise, they still are.

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