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Barbara Fister

Project Information Literacy
Scholar-in-Residence
Barbara Fister was chosen to serve as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at Project Information Literacy, a national research institute that studies college students' research habits. She was a co-researcher on PIL's latest year-long study and subsequent report, "Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms: Student Experiences with News and Information, and the Need for Change." For three decades Barbara coordinated the library instruction program at Gustavus Adolphus College, a liberal arts college in Minnesota. In addition to collaborative teaching with faculty across the curriculum she has developed courses on research methods, book culture, first term seminars, and (most recently) launched a new course on Clickbait, Bias, and Propaganda in Information Networks. She holds degrees in Russian and English literature as well as in library and information science. Her research interests include information literacy, the future of publishing, the intersection of technology and society, and how library values could provide guideposts for promoting algorithmic justice. After a blogging about libraries and technology for Library Journal and Inside Higher Ed for over a decade, she continues to share her thoughts about libraries, information, and society at her own site where you will find links to open access publications and presentations. Follow Barbara @bfister.




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