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

March 29, 2016
Free books! And a sensible if revolutionary move by MIT Libraries.
March 23, 2016
How the Framework for Information Literacy might help us rethink what libraries are all about.
March 17, 2016
All information systems have biases, including those run by machine instructions.
March 10, 2016
So much of the past is embedded in how libraries work in the present.
March 3, 2016
Sci-Hub and the high cost of scholarly books are part of the same problem: how do we decide who pays for the cost of sharing knowledge?
February 25, 2016
I'm on Apple's side. Here's why.
February 18, 2016
... something is wrong. Luckily, some web developers have a different model.
February 10, 2016
Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt answer my questions about their new book, Meaningful Metrics.
February 2, 2016
The Open Access Network has a big idea. It's pretty compelling.
January 26, 2016
Can education be the practice of freedom if algorithms shape the curriculum?

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