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

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.
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.

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