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What’s a Moving Wall?

Those who use TIC’s full-text resources often may have noticed that new issues of each periodical seem to appear in the archives at varying rates. This is on purpose! The lag time between the print edition appearing in mailboxes and the digital edition showing up in TIC’s archives is called a “moving wall”, and is determined by each publication’s publisher/sponsor as part of the digitization agreement with the MSU Libraries. Some organizations would like their newly-published materials to be available immediately, while others choose to delay for varying reasons.

Within the full-text archives, there are currently moving walls that range from none to two years! The length of each moving wall can be identified by looking at the listing of full-text resources, under the label “Coverage”. For example, Golfdom’s says: “Coverage: 1927-Present Less 6 Months”, which means that the archive begins in 1927 and runs through today, except the last 6 months are behind the moving wall. This means a January issue of Golfdom becomes available in TIC’s full-text resources in July of the same year. So if you go looking for a recent copy of your favorite turf publication but can’t find it, don’t forget those moving walls!

To see a complete list of the full-text resources hosted by TIC, see: http://tic.msu.edu/pubjrnlbrowse.htm
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#TBT "Bad sprinkler overlap (Mauna Kea - July 1965)" #13094 http://bit.ly/1EaQLim
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In that era could be bad nozzle performance even with proper sprinkler spacing and overlap!
 
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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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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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Summer 2015 Academic Issue of The Sward

The Summer 2015 Academic Issue of The Sward, the e-newsletter of TIC, is now available:

http://tic.msu.edu/e-sward/swardSIacademic15.html

This special edition of The Sward is aimed to provide those in an academic setting with materials to aid in hands-on training of the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF). including:
Two new videos explaining what TGIF is, and why choose TGIF!
Getting Started Guide and Quick Start Video
Reminders about short-term academic "license bump-ups"
To sign up to receive future Sward e-newsletters or the
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Please feel free to redistribute and/or link to The Sward and as always, comments/thoughts are welcome!
This special edition of The Sward is aimed to provide those in an academic setting with materials to aid in hands-on training of the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF)!
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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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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 their 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 & Turf and 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 TGIF database users, this means 3,937 TGIF records containing stable links to the corresponding full-text content!

 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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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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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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