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Beard's New Turfgrass History Book Wins Oberly Award

We are very pleased to report that Dr. James B Beard, Harriet Beard, and James C Beards’ Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf has received the STS Oberly Award for 2015.  This award is presented to the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science and has been presented every other year since 1923 by the American Library Association’s Science & Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Published last year by the Michigan State University Press, the History is a 650+ page overview of the evolution of both turfgrasses and the science and art of turfgrass culture.  Introductory chapters review turfgrass origins;  lawn, sports turf, and golf turfgrass development; turf innovations; the history of turfgrass research, education, seed production, and sod production; and the organization of turf scientists in the US and internationally.  The bulk of the book which follows details books published about turf around the world between 1892 and 2010,  including biographies of each author of major works, along with Beard’s comments on the significance of the work within the literature as a whole.  Additional sections list turfgrass technical and research reports, conference proceedings, and periodicals of all kinds.

This single work cumulates a career of bibliographic interest, tracking, and collecting on the part of the Beards for half a century.   It defines, in print,  ‘who we are’  -- both the Turfgrass Information Center’s collection development work, as well as turfgrass culture as a whole. We are delighted to see this monumental work in book form, as well as the well-deserved recognition of this achievement.  Our congratulations to the Beards!

The ALA Press Release is here: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/07/2015-acrl-sts-oberly-award-goes-beard-beard-and-beard

The TGIF record for the book is here:  http://ticpass.lib.msu.edu/cgi-bin/flink.pl?recno=202862

Further information about the book and an order form are here:  http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-341E#.Vaz9f_n1JC9
CHICAGO – James B. Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C. Beard have been selected as the 2015 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for “Turfgrass History ...
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Contributing Cooperators

By becoming a “Contributing Cooperator” with the Turfgrass Information Center, groups and organizations can make the resources of the Turfgrass Information Center available to their membership and staff, while also providing a way to support the continued expansion of the content and availability of the Center’s information.

Within these agreements, corporations, associations, and organizations are encouraged to consider the simultaneous digitization of their turfgrass-related publications. To date, the Turfgrass Information Center has digitized over 30 publications, with many more forthcoming!

To view a full list of all publicly-available and restricted-access full-text archives hosted by TIC, please see: http://tic.msu.edu/pubjrnlbrowse.htm

Image: In-office display showing all of our contributing cooperators listed on the top row, with their corresponding digitized publication archive sites below.
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Winter 2015 Issue of The Sward 

The Winter 2015 issue of The Sward, the e-newsletter of TIC, is now available: 

http://tic.msu.edu/e-sward/swardv15n1.html

The Sward highlights new or unique features of the Turfgrass Information File
(TGIF) database and new or memorable happenings at the Center. This issue includes features on:
The TGIF Database Reaches a Quarter Million Records!
Full-Text Resources Available
Contributing to the Turfgrass Information Center
To sign up to receive future Sward e-newsletters or the 
Annual Report from TIC, visit: http://eepurl.com/wslgz
Please feel free to redistribute and/or link to The Sward and as always, comments/thoughts are welcome!
A Quarter Million Reasons to Use TGIF! The Turfgrass Information Center is ecstatic to announce our latest milestone: the Turfgrass Information File database now contains 250000 unique records! This achievement solidifies the TGIF database as the premiere online, comprehensive source of ...
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Thank You !

The Turfgrass Information Center would like to express our gratitude to everyone for their support in celebrating 30 years of the Turfgrass Information File database! Thanks to all those who either tried out TGIF for the first time, and to those who were getting themselves reacquainted.

If you found the information in the database to be useful, consider encouraging your local academic institution, professional organization or corporation to subscribe to TGIF. Or consider giving the gift of TGIF this year – maybe to yourself!

Best wishes this holiday season,
The Turfgrass Information Center
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Happy Birthday TGIF!

We’re celebrating 30 years of the Turfgrass Information File! If you have never experienced the power of TGIF, now is your chance! Log in between now and Sunday, December 14, 2014 by:
1.       going to tic.msu.edu
2.       clicking “Search TGIF Now”.
3.       Enter the User ID and Password under Annual/Individual Subscribers
User ID: turfbday
Password: celebrate
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Celebrating 30 Years of TGIF!
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Landscape Management Joins TIC's Full-Text Archives

The Turfgrass Information Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Landscape Management full-text archive.  Landscape Management shares a comprehensive mix of content designed to stimulate growth and take our readers to their next level.

In 1962, James Nelson recognized an opportunity to publish specialized information for those in the new field of applying pesticides to outdoor environments. As editor of Pest Control (now Pest Management Professional), Nelson launched Weeds and Turf. Three years later, the magazine made a name change to Weeds Trees & Turfand carried that title until 1987, when the named changed to Landscape Management. In 1999, the magazine expanded from a general turf book, covering golf and sports turf, to one focused solely on helping green industry professionals grow their landscape and lawn care businesses. It serves this same audience—and purpose—today.

This publicly-available archive, an ongoing cooperative project of North Coast Media LLC and the Michigan State University Libraries, features public access to Landscape Management and its predecessor publications from 1962–present less 6 months.

For a full list of all publicly-available and restricted-access archives hosted by TIC, please see: http://tic.msu.edu/pubjrnlbrowse.htm
About. Landscape Management shares a comprehensive mix of content designed to stimulate growth and take our readers to their next level. In 1962, James Nelson recognized an opportunity to publish specialized information for those in the new field of applying pesticides to outdoor environments.
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Sincerest Thanks to Our Graduating Seniors!

Though it has been said before, it bears repeating – TIC operates today thanks to the continued efforts of all of our student employees. Today the Turfgrass Information Center would like to thank three graduating seniors for all of their accomplishments! Lucy Smith, Sydney Richards, and Stephanie Zang sat down to answer a few questions about their experiences at TIC, and discuss future plans.

To read, visit the link to our blog:
http://tic.msu.edu/blog2015.html#2015-05-08
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Introducing Rapid Results

Getting answers quickly is important! Here at the TIC, we want the TGIF database to be the place to turn to for fast answers and information on turfgrass – which is why we’ve introduced Rapid Results. Within Rapid Results users can find selected ready-to-use searches on a variety of topics, including: course conditions, cultural practices, and the turf industry.

Rapid Results also allows users to search the database by material type (fiction, interview, video), as well as explore a list of periodicals selected or intended to be selected for inclusion within TGIF.  To view Rapid Results, log into the TGIF database and select “Browse Turf Topics” from the left-hand menu. With Rapid Results, users are able to easily explore specific turf-related topics and materials – getting information quickly and saving time!
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A Quarter Million Reasons to Use TGIF!

The Turfgrass Information Center is ecstatic to announce our latest milestone: the Turfgrass Information File database now contains 250,000 unique records! This achievement solidifies the TGIF database as the premiere online, comprehensive source of turfgrass information for researchers, practitioners, individuals, and students all around the world.

Although record creation in the database has been ongoing since 1984, creation has increased enormously over the last 5 years, averaging roughly 15,000-20,000 records per year between 2011 and 2014. Since that very first record over 30 years ago in September of 1984, the Turfgrass Information Center has continually worked to improve our operations and the integrity of the database, and hope to continue this work for many years to come.

We wish to extend our enormous thanks to the many contributing cooperators, student employees and staff who, throughout the years, have contributed their efforts to craft TGIF – we wouldn’t be here without them!
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"Sod not rolled after laying; S. Milwaukee Wis. July 1963" #11361 http://bit.ly/1C5d3lD  #TBT
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Turfgrass Matters Joins TIC's Full-Text Archives

The Turfgrass Information Center is pleased to add Turfgrass Matters to its full-text archives! Turfgrass Matters is the official publication of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAAGCS).
 
This publication dates to the 1950s and has gone through a number of name changes, including Mid-Atlantic News Letter, Turf Talk, and Turfgrass Matters. It primarily features organizational social and business news, and is currently published 4 times annually and distributed to member superintendents.
 
This publicly-available archive, an ongoing cooperative project of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents and Michigan State University, features Turfgrass Matters content from 1959-Present.
 
For a full list of all publicly-available and restricted-access archives hosted by TIC, please see: http://tic.msu.edu/pubjrnlbrowse.htm
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The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC), a specialized unit at the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU), contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. TIC has over 210,000 records in its primary database, the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF), with over 50% linked to the full-text of the item.
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