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 mysteries

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Most Recent Articles

October 22, 2014
Open access to scholarship makes more sense than ever.
October 16, 2014
When assessment is framed around justifying return on investment, we have a conflict of interest. 
October 9, 2014
Librarians should let patrons know just how exposed they are - and fix the problem.
October 2, 2014
A roundup of various takes on the libel lawsuit against two librarians. 
September 23, 2014
We need to speak up for people who speak out.
September 18, 2014
When we talk about the future of libraries, we need to remember what we're doing to our planet.
September 9, 2014
Two things you can do for the Internet on September 10th.
September 4, 2014
A new book explores the trickster roots of Internet-based collective activism.
August 26, 2014
Shiny progress! Here come the techno-futurists! But something is missing ...
August 17, 2014
How Twitter is changing the way we get news.


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