Historic Milestones of the Turfgrass Information Center

  • 1960's: Dr. James B Beard & MSU Libraries Director Dick Chapin agree to begin building a significant turfgrass collection at the MSU Libraries.
     
  • 1968: The collection of agronomist O.J. Noer is donated to the MSU Libraries, facilitiated by the O.J. Noer Research Foundation. All turfgrass-related holdings at MSU are named the "O.J. Noer Memorial Turfgrass Collection" at that time.
     
  • 1983: The USGA Turfgrass Research Committee and the MSU Libraries agree to begin the construction of an online database indexing the turfgrass literature, to be called the USGA Turfgrass Information File (TGIF).
     
  • 1984: The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) is established as a unit of the MSU Libraries to build TGIF and continue to develop the Noer Collection.
     
  • 1988: TGIF becomes available for end-user dial-up access.
     
  • 1993: TGIF becomes available via the Internet.
     
  • 1997: TGIF becomes available via the World Wide Web.
     
  • 1997: TIC relocates to dedicated space on the 3rd floor of the West Wing of the Main Library.
     
  • 1998: TIC Endowment Campaign is launched with a $1 million challenge grant from the USGA Turf Research Program.
     
  • 2000: TIC receives on indefinite loan the Noer/Milorganite¬ģ Division MMSD Image Collection.
     
  • 2001: TGIF "Basic Search" debuts.
     
  • 2002: TIC makes available its first digital archive website for the USGA Green Section Record (1921-present).
     
  • 2002: USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online is launched - the first online-only electronic resource hosted by the Turfgrass Information Center.
     
  • 2003: TIC receives the Scott's Archive, which is partially housed in the MSU Libraries' Special Collections.
     
  • 2003: The James B Beard Turfgrass Library Collection is dedicated within the Turfgrass Information Center.
     
  • 2005: 100,000th record is entered into TGIF.
     
  • 2005: TIC launches a redesigned public website, including a blog, as well as a complete overhaul of TGIF's search interface.
     
  • 2006: Entries from Beard's Turfgrass Encyclopedia for Golf Courses, Lawns, Sports Fields are made available through TGIF's Basic Search.
     
  • 2007: 50 academic institutions have perpetual access to the TGIF database.
     
  • 2008: An intentionally-designed Turfgrass Information Center opens, including dedicated student workstations, staff offices, and secure external walls.
     
  • 2009: TGIF database searches crest the 1,000,000 mark.
     
  • 2012: 200,000th record is entered into TGIF.
     
  • 2012: 50% of TGIF records link to the Full-Text of the item.
     
  • 2013: PDFs displayed of TIC-hosted materials for the year breaks the 10+ million mark.
     
  • 2013: The Turfgrass Information Center celebrates over 30 years of the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF)!
     
  • 2014: The Noer/Milorganite¬ģ Image Collection website launches.
     
  • 2014: The Turfgrass Information File passes a quarter million records.
     
  • 2014: Debut of "Rapid Results" browse interfaces for TGIF.
     
  • 2014: TIC begins working to ensure the ongoing preservation of vital online turfgrass resources with the creation of the Digital Curation student team.
     
  • 2015: TIC's public website gets redesigned.