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

June 25, 2015
It can be discouraging to see how much of our scholarship and culture has become corporate property, but we can make choices about the tech that will determine our future.
June 17, 2015
A smart take on what's gone wrong and what could make the internet better. 
June 10, 2015
That outdated hang-up librarians cling to might just be trendy, after all. 
June 4, 2015
How can we clue students in to the potential for flaws in peer-reviewed research without making them cynical? 
May 28, 2015
Being without the internet is a luxury when on vacation - but a reminder of how complicated life with limited access would be.
May 18, 2015
When Luc Rinaldi made a list of things that are going wrong with peer review he left one out.
May 14, 2015
When we talk about race and gender, online conversations grow predictably toxic. Is silence consent?   
May 7, 2015
John Palfrey has written a book about why libraries matter. If you're not a librarian, it may be for you. 
April 27, 2015
Why we want to avoid a licensed future.
April 20, 2015
Some grant-funded projects at university presses are looking pretty exciting. 

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