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

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.. 
August 10, 2015
Why some open access models seem a little fishy.
July 30, 2015
We need to talk about big data.
July 22, 2015
Online communities depend on sensitive moderation and on balancing the interests of members and owners. It's tough. Take Reddit, for example ...
July 16, 2015
A book for anyone working with teens or with people who have recently been teens - and for everyone else, too.
July 9, 2015
Joshua Kim asks how we choose our books. There are apps for that, but the run on people.
July 5, 2015
Two nations separated by a common language and a lot of acronyms. 
June 25, 2015
It can be discouraging to see how much of our scholarship and culture has become corporate property, but we can make choices about the tech that will determine our future.
June 17, 2015
A smart take on what's gone wrong and what could make the internet better. 


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