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. Delighted to become a scholar in residence with Project Information Literacy in 2019.


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Most Recent Articles

May 19, 2019
You can’t take a “what happens in Las Vegas” approach to online speech.
May 9, 2019
Everyone tells us "your privacy is important to us," even libraries. What happens to those promises?
May 2, 2019
Once we built railroads and presses and libraries. Now it's done - unless things change systematically.
April 22, 2019
Reading John Wihbey's new book, The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World.
April 14, 2019
... while the emperors enjoy secrecy. Thoughts after reading news about privacy online and on paper.
April 10, 2019
An argument for reclaiming our time by Jenny Odell.
April 4, 2019
Tech critics revist an odd utopian novel from 1948 - B.F. Skinner's Walden Two.
March 28, 2019
As libraries question Big Deals, are we in danger of repeating our mistakes?
March 19, 2019
An important and thought-provoking book, with a few reservations.
March 13, 2019
At thirty, it’s time to stop with the wild oats, already, and take some responsibility.

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July 28, 2011
Times Higher Education releases its annual compilation of amusing student writing.
May 19, 2019
You can’t take a “what happens in Las Vegas” approach to online speech.
May 9, 2019
Everyone tells us "your privacy is important to us," even libraries. What happens to those promises?
May 2, 2019
Once we built railroads and presses and libraries. Now it's done - unless things change systematically.
April 22, 2019
Reading John Wihbey's new book, The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World.
April 14, 2019
... while the emperors enjoy secrecy. Thoughts after reading news about privacy online and on paper.
April 10, 2019
An argument for reclaiming our time by Jenny Odell.
April 4, 2019
Tech critics revist an odd utopian novel from 1948 - B.F. Skinner's Walden Two.
March 28, 2019
As libraries question Big Deals, are we in danger of repeating our mistakes?
March 19, 2019
An important and thought-provoking book, with a few reservations.
March 13, 2019
At thirty, it’s time to stop with the wild oats, already, and take some responsibility.

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