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

November 14, 2013
Why do we stay in abusive relationships with publishers? 
November 6, 2013
Is interest in the humanities fading? Let's autocomplete that.
October 31, 2013
We need to make scholars' books more widely accessible, even if it means making them free.
October 22, 2013
Examining the "but I can't make my work open access because of tenure requirements" excuse.
October 17, 2013
How could we best track quality (or lack thereof) in scholarly journals?
October 10, 2013
What we can really learn from John Bohannon's article in Science.
October 1, 2013
I know it’s hard to not share, but you’re going to have to get used to it if you want to play with the other children.
September 27, 2013
A new book project is exploring how to teach writing for the web - by writing it on the web. 
September 19, 2013
Scholarship should have readers and readers should have scholarship. So why is it so hard? 
September 12, 2013
The WAC Clearinghouse has sustained open access publishing for 16 years - without taking the test. 


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