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MSU Extension Bookstore transition

This week during the Michigan State University Extension webinar update, Doug Brinklow, director of ANR Communications, addressed some of the rumors that have been circulating about the upcoming transition of the MSU Extension Bookstore. No, the bookstore will not be going away, but we are going to be making some improvements.

Later this year, the MSU Extension Bookstore will move from our current platform to shop.msu.edu, which is part of University Stores. University Stores already successfully runs a retail operation through online, phone and face-to-face interactions and also handles product storage and fulfillment with a dedicated staff. They are PCI compliant, which means they maintain a high set of security standards to protect credit card information of purchasers and can make the necessary updates to keep our material easy to purchase or download.

This decision did not come easily. ANR Communications, ANR Technology Services and MSU Extension staff members spent months investigating options to ensure we can retain an easy-to-use system that is positioned for growth. Rather than spending time and money to reinvent the wheel within our current system, the group agreed that the resources available through shop.msu.edu will help us become more efficient.

With this big of a change, there were obviously a few questions for us to clear up. Here are the highlights:

  • The MSU Extension Bookstore will remain open until shortly before the switch to shop.msu.edu.
  • Extension county office discount pricing will be retained.
  • We will still have the ability to publish online-only documents through shop.msu.edu.
  • You will still be able to pick up bookstore items from campus, but they will now be located at Angell Building, 166 Service Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824.
  • All stakeholders/customers will be informed of all steps that need to be taken to begin using the bookstore through shop.msu.edu.

Michelle Lavra, who supervises the communication production team and the video/multimedia team in ANR Communications, will maintain the bookstore relationship with shop.msu.edu. We are on track to meet our goal of transitioning by October 1, 2014, and we will provide more details by mid-September.

As with any transition, we know that there will be wrinkles along the way. We appreciate your help in making this transition as smooth as possible by bringing any issues to the attention of ANR Communications so we can iron them out immediately.

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When Christmas shopping, take advantage of the convenience of MSU Extension Bookstore

When shopping for friends and family this Christmas, don’t forget there are many selections for both children and adults at the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore.Michigan Snakes

 Surprise your budding scientist or nature enthusiast with a field guide written by MSU experts. “Michigan Snakes (E2000)” portrays Michigan’s 18 species of snakes with large color photos. Filled with useful information, it will even tell you how to treat a snakebite.

Michigan Butterflies & Skippers (E2675)” includes every butterfly ever recorded in the state. Michigan Butterflies and Skippers

 For the hunter or for the hunter’s cook, try “Michigan Venison (E0657).” If you’d like your resident cook to perfect his or her cooking skills, order the “Eating Right is Basic Recipe Set (CYFC021).” It’s a flip-up cookbook with very simple yet nutritious recipes.

 A great coffee table book is “Pursuing What’s Best for the World: 150 years of Teaching, Research and Extension of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR400).” From the formation of Michigan Agricultural College to the development of Extension and AgBioResearch to the CANR’s linkage to other colleges in the university, the book covers the efforts, trials and accomplishments of the people who went before us.

 For the avid gardener, I suggest combining several items in a gift bundle. “Growing Plants Indoors: An Introduction on How to Care for Common Indoor Plants (E3142),” “Planting Techniques: A Guide for Successful Plant Establishment (E3111)” and the Soil Test Kit Self-Mailer (E3154) make a great combination.

 Shopping online is easy and convenient at bookstore.msue.msu.edu. To be in time for Christmas giving, please order by Dec. 16.

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