Honor the Past and Help Serve the Future!

There are still a number of gaps in the physical and online Collections that need to be filled. It is only through the cooperation of those interested in turfgrass research and management that TIC continues to receive back issues, new titles, and is kept on the mailing lists for the latest volumes or editions.

Do you have printed materials relating to turf culture that need a new, public, home? Can you help contribute to the legacy of a great turf agronomist and provide a known library where scientists, professionals, scholars, and students can have access to the great tradition of reporting in turf science? Please donate those reports, books, papers, and magazines to the O.J. Noer Memorial Turfgrass Collection or the James B Beard Turfgrass Library Collection. Publishers, here is more information on possibly providing online access to your materials through TGIF.

bookplateA bookplate will be affixed inside the front cover of each item retained for the Noer Collection or for the Beard Collection. Also, TGIF database records will be created for materials as they are processed, making them "once again known" to the turfgrass community. Items already appropriately held will be made available to other institutions and professional associations to build their collections, thus strengthening the collective access to the turf science "body of knowledge."

Items donated to the Collections are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Please see TIC's "Gift in Kind Valuation and Intent Form (pdf)" which provides the bases and further information about gifts which will be claimed for tax purposes. We reserve the right to dispose of out-of-scope, beyond-affordable preservation, or excessive duplicate items.

The following are partial listings of materials currently needed to further "complete" the O.J. Noer Memorial Turfgrass Collection. Please note that these listings are incomplete and constantly changing. Therefore, what you may have to donate may not be listed. This does not mean that we might not want it! In addition, a wide variety of information "types" are represented in the TGIF database. While the bulk of the databases consists of the material types listed below, turfgrass resources in various other formats may be needed as donations. Please refer all questions about donations to Pete Cookingham. Thank you. Your continued support in building the Collections is greatly appreciated.

Types of Needed Materials

Articles, Books, Reports, Booklets, etc.:
Whole Issues of Magazines, Journals, and other Periodicals (Serials)
Theses and Dissertations

Since it is the intention of the Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) to collect the turfgrass literature at an "exhaustive level", we do wish to acquire copies of all theses and dissertations written in turf science, regardless of institutional affiliation. We are hopeful that committees and advisors will encourage degree candidates to make available a copy directly to TIC, so that it may be promptly processed into the TGIF database, and thus be more rapidly "made known" to the research community. If you have copies of your own or others' theses/dissertations, please be sure to send one to us, no matter when the degree(s) were completed.

To provide full-text access to your work, see our copyright permissions form for theses and dissertations.

To learn how to search for theses and dissertations entered into TGIF, visit the Power Search Examples page.