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

March 5, 2015
Don't you just read books all day? You need a degree for that? 
February 25, 2015
Results from the second phase of a lifelong learning study are out - and it gives academic librarians plenty to think about.
February 16, 2015
There's a world of information, and most of it isn't in the form of scholarship. Are our graduates ready to engage with it?
February 12, 2015
We say we value patron privacy. If so, we have a lot of work to do.
February 5, 2015
Some news this week brings a variety of issues back into focus.
January 26, 2015
We figured out a way to share by agreeing to do our part. Can we do that to promote access for all?
January 22, 2015
As a vote looms over the new Framework for Information Literacy, plus ça change,
January 14, 2015
Academic libraries can be myopic when their decisions focus on “service to our community.”
January 7, 2015
Academic libraries, like the curriculum, are about more than content delivery. But learning can't happen without the stuff.
December 17, 2014
A look back and a hopeful look forward, thanks to a brilliant essay by Kevin Seeber.

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