Babel Fish Bouillabaisse

Babel Fish Bouillabaisse

By Barbara Fister
Book Description

As part of a sabbatical project, I have collected some things I’ve written into a lightly-edited, open access, Creative Commons-licensed volume. Some of this material comes from my personal blog, where I’ve been posting thoughts about books, publishing, and how online reading communities function (the actual subject of my sabbatical research). Much of this bouillabaisse comes  my writings at Inside Higher Ed, which is a born-digital news organization that combines sharp education journalism with a slate of bloggers, columnists, and guest commentaries. 

Also available to read online at Pressbooks.

Table of Contents
  • Babel Fish Bouillabaisse
  • Babel Fish Bouillabaisse
  • Introduction
  • Anarchists in the Library
  • Some Assumptions about Libraries
  • The Shock of Exclusion
  • Open to All: Preserving Library Values in a Digital World
  • Adhocracy and the Transformation of Libraries
  • You Are Not a Tinker Toy
  • Encoded: Gender, Technology, and Libraries
  • Intellectual Freedom and the Library as a Workplace
  • UVa, the Cult of Change, and the Uses of Fear
  • What Libraries Should Be: A Values Proposition
  • Ordinary Americans
  • Un-American Affairs
  • Taking a Longer View
  • Present Imperfect, Future Tense
  • The Price of "Free"
  • The Everything Library
  • The Library Isn't Flat
  • Disruption and the Value of Small Things
  • Learning to Do Research the Hard Way
  • Moments and Monuments
  • Get Cracking
  • Rent Control
  • Privacy for the Public
  • Libraries and Learning
  • Argument, Inquiry, and Learning to Value Evidence
  • Information Ethics, Blogging, and the Non-Fiction Novel
  • Undergraduates in the Library, Trying Not to Drown
  • In the Teeth of the Evidence
  • Why the "Research Paper" Isn't Working
  • Second Thoughts: The Value of Research Papers
  • Sources of Confusion
  • Burke's Parlor Tricks
  • The Language of Libraries
  • Robo-Research, Robo-Writing
  • The Illogical Complexity of the Walled-Garden Library
  • Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher
  • When It Doesn't Look Like Justice
  • Knowledge as a Public Good
  • Open Access and the Library's Missing Mission
  • Rethinking Research "Productivity"
  • No Problem!
  • Women and Wikipedia
  • Dispatches from the Future
  • Prepare to Repel Researchers!
  • Breaking News: Academic Journals are Really Expensive!
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Subscription-Based
  • Occupy Knowledge: It's Ours, After All
  • I'm Not Buying It
  • The Austere Academy
  • Enlighten Me
  • As If Lives Depended On It
  • The AHA Asks "What About the Children?"
  • Superstars, Serfs, and Scholars
  • Open Access, Tenure, and the Common Good
  • The Sting
  • Libraries Beyond Borders: Rethinking Community
  • The New Interlibrary Loan
  • Maciej Ceglowski's Internet Repair Kit
  • Determining Our Tech
  • Books, Reading, Culture, and Society
  • Another Fine Mess: Patterson, Amazon, and the Commodification of Reading
  • The Myth of the Bookless Library
  • Getting Rid of Books: A Heresy
  • The End of the Twilight of Doom
  • Stacks and Awe
  • Throwing the Books at Each Other
  • Breaking Taboos for All the Right Reasons
  • Reading Between the Lions
  • Resisting Amazonification
  • Online Reading Communities
  • Reading Together Online: Getting Personal
  • “Reading as a Contact Sport”: Online Book Groups and the Social Dimensions of Reading
  • Culture Shock: When Goodreads and LibraryThing Collide
  • Finding the Right Book
  • Goodbye, FriendFeed
  • What Book Bloggers Have to Say
  • Dorothy-L: An Interview with Diane Kovacs
  • Platforms and the Shape of Reader Participation
  • Readers Respond to Online Reading Communities
  • Authors Interacting With Readers Online
  • Sharing Reading in 140 Characters
  • Goodreads and the Commodification of the Reading Self
  • Reading and Writing Together Online: Exploring Wattpad
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