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

January 22, 2018
Some predictions for the future of libraries . . . from 1901.
January 17, 2018
Taking up John Warner's idea that we need to rethink how we expose new college students to the research process - maybe starting with that meme they just shared.
January 8, 2018
Nothing demonstrates books are powerful more clearly than trying to keep them from being read.
January 3, 2018
Happy new year! What disasters and crises do we have to look forward to this time around?
December 20, 2017
Thinking about this annus horribilus and what might come next.
December 14, 2017
The fight against the FCC's benighted decision has moved into the courts and into Congress.
December 13, 2017
Why do we keep doing this to ourselves and our students?
December 7, 2017
Twitter and its ilk want us to fill their barren shelves with our attention and our selves. There are alternatives, if I can just shake this marketing-engineered habit. 
November 27, 2017
Just because my phone knows where I’ve been doesn’t mean I'm fine with you following me around for your investigations – whether you’re a cop or an academic.
November 21, 2017
Ajit Pai thinks we're being hysterical because we don't trust our internet service providers to act in our best interest. That's hysterical. 

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July 28, 2011
Times Higher Education releases its annual compilation of amusing student writing.
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