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

September 21, 2016
Big data is being secretly wielded in ways that increase inequality and unaccountability, and a former quant can tell you want it all means – most entertainingly.
September 14, 2016
Reporting based on leaks requires weighing the public's need to know.
September 8, 2016
I always have start-of-term nightmares. They're actually happening at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus.
August 30, 2016
A review of Ingrid Burrington's new book, Networks of New York.
August 23, 2016
There's a lot to like about Wikipedia, but it's becoming a hostile place for many editors.
August 18, 2016
New projects to support the open sharing of scholarship are springing up all over.
August 11, 2016
"Seek the truth" may sound old-fashioned, but it's a mission we should take seriously - especially now.
August 3, 2016
Babies learn through imitation and play. What about new college students?
July 26, 2016
A new book looks at the issues libraries face and proposes six steps toward “Reimagining the Academic Library.”
July 21, 2016
Some tenure and promotion committees for librarians need a brush-up on how to judge the quality of scholarship. Not to mention where their discipline has gone since they stopped paying attention.

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