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

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?
November 5, 2015
Reading about drone warfare in The Intercept makes me think about how much Silicon Valley assumptions about human behavior have shaped our world.
November 1, 2015
A new book explores threshold concepts in writing studies and how they can be useful in practice. Librarians, take note.
October 20, 2015
The thing about privilege is that those who have it don't see it - and access to scholarship is no exception. But there are signs of change.
October 15, 2015
As we move toward open access to research, libraries will still need to help our communities navigate a complicated world of printed material, electronic subscriptions, and openly accessible knowledge.
October 8, 2015
You can make your work open access without sacrificing quality or prestige.

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