These books are all openly available and published in electronic format.

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Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates: And a Guide to the Butterflies They Support

by Diane M. Narem and Mary Hockenberry Meyer

Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates is written for inexperienced as well as seasoned gardeners, landscape designers, garden center employees, and anyone interested in native grasses that grow well in cold climates. New information on the benefits of native grasses including their importance as host plants for native Lepidoptera is included. Combinations of specific grasses used by larvae and perennials that the adult butterflies feed on is new and timely information.

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Conversion to Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age: Considering the Process in Europe, Asia, and the Americas

Edited by Calvin B. Kendall, Oliver Nicholson, William D. Phillips, Jr., and Marguerite Ragnow

This debut volume in the new series Minnesota Studies in Early Modern History brings a comparative approach to what, in recent years, has been a hotly debated topic within and across a number of academic disciplines: conversion to Christianity. These debates register the challenges inherent in attempting to understand a transformation that was at once personal and collective -- a matter of inner conviction and outward conformity.

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Religious Conflict and Accomodation in the Early Modern World

Edited by Marguerite Ragnow and William D. Phillips, Jr.

Dramatic events involving religious leaders and their more zealous followers have intruded on the world's stage in recent decades, bringing renewed attention to religion as a significant factor in modern society. This collection of essays, drawn from a conference inspired by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, explores religious conflict and accommodation in various places around the world in the early modern period.

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Developing Change Agents: Innovative Practices for Sustainability Leadership

Edited by Kristi L. Kremers, Alexander S. Liepins, and Abigail M. York

Developing Change Agents examines the role of academia in creating the next generation of sustainability leaders. Delving into strategies to transform higher education, this volume empowers universities to develop change agents who can scale solutions to meet the wicked environmental, social, and political challenges of the present and future.

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Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners, 3rd Edition

U of Minnesota Extension

This is a book for private woodland owners in the Midwest that want to be stewards of their woods. This book is designed to help woodland owners identify goals for their property and work with a professional forester to choose the management practices that will help meet those goals.

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Originally edited by Samuel B. Green; with a new introductions by Professor James Luby.

Originally edited by Samuel B. Green and published in 1897, this book is an inventory of apples from John S. Harris. Apples are described to include origin, hardiness, color, size, and disease. This 2019 edition includes the transcribed text and original line drawings, and has been expanded to include a biography of John S. Harris. Professor James Luby introduces 21st century readers to this historical document.

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Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries

by Lisa Von Drasek

A guidebook and source of programming inspiration for all librarians working with early to young adult readers. Librarians will find thematic, easy to implement, hour-long writing workshops that require only paper, markers, and excited young writers. Writing Boxes further explores the essential connection between reading and writing by pairing each workshop with mentor texts to model writing, providing librarians with exemplary books to spark writing responses across genres, formats, and curricula.

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The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

by Leonard Marcus with foreward by Lisa Von Drasek

For fourteen months beginning in June 2013, the New York Public Library hosted an exhibition about the role of children’s books in world culture and in our lives. Now with this book, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature and children’s literature historian Leonard Marcus, the nostalgia and vision of that exhibit can be experienced anywhere. Distributed in print by University of Minnesota Press.

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Engaging Helen Hacker: Collected Works and Reflections of a Feminist Pioneer

edited by Heather McLaughlin and Kyle Green with Christopher Uggen

This book brings together the life and work of a foundational feminist scholar and tireless social activist. This collection combines reprints of Dr. Hacker’s writing from the 1950s through the 1990s, including several unpublished manuscripts, as well as biographical reflections that showcase her intellectual curiosity, personal grit, and commitment to marginalized groups. Moreover, Hacker’s continuous push for the study of new topics and for innovative ways of measuring social phenomena and understanding gender across institutions and intersecting identities helped lay the foundation for the work that followed over the next half century.

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The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples

Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud, Editors

Provides both inspiration and guidance for those beginning work on affordable content and evidence of the growth that has occurred in this arena over the last decade.

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Innovative Learning and Teaching: Experiments Across the Disciplines

edited by Ilene D. Alexander and Robert K. Poch.

The authors of these chapters are faculty and instructors whose proposals to pursue innovative undergraduate teaching and learning at the course or curricular level were awarded grants through the Provost’s “Experiments in Learning Innovations” or “Digital Technology” initiatives.

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A How-to Manual for the Graduate Review and Improvement Process (Program Evaluation Series)

by Leah Hakkola, Doug Moon, and Michelle Ginger

The inaugural volume of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) Program Evaluation Series features the Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP). GRIP is an innovative student-centered process designed to develop actionable steps to enhance student success in graduate programs. With its commitment to active student involvement in the evaluation, GRIP can serve as a complementary process to external monitoring and surveying, one that allows students and program leaders to assess the quality of their curriculum, advising, instruction, and related services and to devise realistic plans to improve them.

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A Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping (Program Evaluation Series)

edited by Scott Chazdon, Mary Emery, Debra Hansen, Lorie Higgins, and Rebecca Sero

The second volume in the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute Program Evaluation Series focuses on the emerging evaluation technique of Ripple Effects Mapping (REM). This participatory data collection method is designed to capture the impact of complex programs and collaborative processes. Well-suited for evaluating group-focused efforts, Ripple Effects Mapping involves aspects of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, facilitated discussion, and qualitative data analysis. As the REM process unfolds, the intended and unintended impacts of participant efforts are visually displayed in a way that encourages discussion and engagement. Using these visuals, plus other graphics, pictures, and real-life examples of how Ripple Effects Mapping has been successfully used in multiple settings, this book provides a comprehensive overview of REM. Providing an in-depth examination of the origins, elements, and how-to of the REM process, the Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping is a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing this process with a group, collaboration, or community of choice.

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2018 Directory of Evaluator Education Programs (Program Evaluation Series)

by John M. LaVelle

The 2018 directory of evaluator education programs in the United States, complete with all available curricular information, organized by location, and with an introduction on applying to graduate programs in evaluation.

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Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota: 1888-2018

edited by Kent Wilson, MD

Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota: 1888–2018 is an engaging story of the 130-year development of the medical specialty at the University of Minnesota. This book covers the program’s early days in a near-frontier setting, to its rise in becoming a regional and national leader of research and specialty medical education. Editor Kent Wilson, MD, walks readers through the program’s early history, from the first Professor of Eye & Ear, John F. Fulton, MD, PhD, to current development of advanced fellowship training in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Neurotology. All in all this book provides a contemporary look at otolaryngology — past, present, and future.

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From Digitalis to Ziagen: The University of Minnesota's Department of Medicinal Chemistry

edited by Scott Chazdon, Mary Emery, Debra Hansen, Lorie Higgins, and Rebecca Sero

A comprehensive history of Medicinal Chemistry beginning with the founding of the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy in 1892 until today.


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