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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The content of the Library Babel Fish blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. I'm grateful to Inside Higher Ed for being so open-minded and progressive about these things. Feel free to share, reuse, and remix.

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Most Recent Articles

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.
October 6, 2015
A visit to a class meeting in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park shows just how compelling a good research experience can be. 
September 24, 2015
When fear is used to restrict rights, librarians should act on our principles.
September 20, 2015
We may think copyright law developments are somebody else's business - but keeping up with copyright is a necessity for librarians and scholars.
September 15, 2015
In my last post, I mentioned some cool tools for school. Here's how I used two of them.
September 3, 2015
At the start of new semester, it's time to share three neat tools that might be useful for class projects.
August 27, 2015
I have a confession. And you may have some dead links on your site.
August 18, 2015
A muckraking New York Times article on white collar Amazon labor conditions prompts me to think about library values in an era of productivity measures, competition, and scale.
August 13, 2015
Can we teach the seemingly inefficient process of serendipitously encountering information instead of searching for it? Maybe not.. 

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