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

November 5, 2017
Why do so many dystopian novels assume the worst of human nature? Cory Doctorow takes another path in Walkaway.
November 2, 2017
Our most powerful media companies need to develop a professional code of ethics to guide their work.
October 25, 2017
It's not that hard - and you don't have to count on commerical sites to share. 
October 19, 2017
What is the future of truth and misinformation online? Pew asks the experts.
October 12, 2017
Big Sharing meets Big Publishing in a duel for your attention. 
October 5, 2017
Two books helped me understand how we engage with breaking news.
September 27, 2017
Watching Ken Burns' and Lynn Novicks' Vietnam War documentary series and realizing what I don't remember. 
September 22, 2017
Thinking about the Third World Quarterly situation.
September 14, 2017
It's hard to learn when you can't go to a library, use the internet, and rely on volunteer teachers. But motivated people can do it, even when incarcerated.
September 7, 2017
I have no idea what a publication should do when it comes to comments, but it’s a fascinating problem.

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