Libraries and Extension: Partnering to Expand Access Through Ebooks




Publishing, Extension scholarship, Ebooks


Providing timely information—when and where people need it—has long been a goal of University of Minnesota Extension. This objective coincides with University of Minnesota Libraries' support of open access publishing and the use of Creative Commons to remove content from paywalls. Many libraries at land-grant institutions have developed their own publishing programs to support open scholarship, leveraging the depth of their expertise in research dissemination. This article highlights three examples of Extension ebooks published in partnership with the University of Minnesota Libraries.


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Author Biographies

Kristen Mastel, University of Minnesota

Outreach and Instruction Librarian

University Libraries

Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota

Evaluation and Research Specialist

Extension Center for Community Vitality


Mary Hockenberry Meyer, University of Minnesota

Professor Emeritus and Grass Collection Curator
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Matthew Russell, Arbor Custom Analytics LLC

President/CEO, Arbor Custom Analytics LLC

Diane Narem, Stantec, Inc.

Environmental Scientist



Braverman, M. T. (2018). The evolving landscape of academic publishing: Essential knowledge for Extension scholars. Journal of Extension, 56(3).

Haugen, I., Mastel, K., & Pfander, J. (2017). Librarians at land-grant universities working with Extension: Three case reports. Library Trends, 65(3).

Pew Research Center. (2019, June 12). Demographics of mobile device ownership and adoption in the United States.




How to Cite

Mastel, K., Chazdon, S. ., Hockenberry Meyer, M. ., Russell, M., & Narem, D. . (2023). Libraries and Extension: Partnering to Expand Access Through Ebooks. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (104).



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