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

October 5, 2017
Two books helped me understand how we engage with breaking news.
September 27, 2017
Watching Ken Burns' and Lynn Novicks' Vietnam War documentary series and realizing what I don't remember. 
September 22, 2017
Thinking about the Third World Quarterly situation.
September 14, 2017
It's hard to learn when you can't go to a library, use the internet, and rely on volunteer teachers. But motivated people can do it, even when incarcerated.
September 7, 2017
I have no idea what a publication should do when it comes to comments, but it’s a fascinating problem.
August 31, 2017
When we say "everyone is welcome here" there's a self-excluding exception.
August 29, 2017
How are you addressing our changing information environment in your teaching? How do you make room for new realities and attendant controversies?
August 17, 2017
How can libraries enact their values in the wake of Charlottesville? Can we impart those values to our students?
August 8, 2017
In the wake of Elsesvier scooping up boxes of library work on open access with their acquisition of Bepress, I'm pondering why it hurts so much - and what's next.
August 1, 2017
It's either the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning.

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