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

January 21, 2016
Help me dream up an assignment that asks students to uncover the working communication channels scholars and other professionals use.
January 14, 2016
As a new open access press with a liberal arts focus launches, I asked four veterans of the project to look back at the journey.
January 7, 2016
Project Information Literacy has just released a major new report. Check it out.
January 4, 2016
Reading turns up so many new year’s resolutions. Why is that?
December 17, 2015
Everybody knows that a large percentage of our books never leave the shelf. Or do we? 
December 15, 2015
I get a lot out of connecting with a group of librarians loosely joined together under the #critlib hashtag. Here's why.
December 3, 2015
Our political climate gone from truthiness to outright denial of facts - without penalty. What's going on?
November 23, 2015
We have less funding for the things that really matter while paying much more to compensate for austerity policies.
November 19, 2015
What is encryption and why are those government officials saying it's so dangerous?
November 13, 2015
If an editorial board abandons a journal, is it still the journal it was, or is it a zombie journal?

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