Staff at the Turfgrass Information Center

Peter Cookingham (POC), Head

Pete joined the MSU Libraries back in 1985 as the only full time librarian devoted the subject area of turfgrass. His background is in Recreation and Park Administration with a BS and work on a masters from University of Wyoming. He also spent ten years in the public, not-for-profit, and private park industry, including 3 years as General Manager of a 1,700 member, 1,800 acre Property Owners Association. His Masters of Library and Information Science is from the University of Illinois. Pete provides the oversight for TIC and the development of the TGIF database working closely with supporters of TIC as well as guiding the work of the staff and the student employees of TIC. Pete fields questions relating to scope of coverage or content issues within TGIF, cooperative initiatives, collection development and donations, and the "Why doesn't TGIF do ___?" kinds of questions. 

Michael Schury (MJS), Manager

Mike was a student employee at TIC while finishing bachelor’s degrees in accounting and psychology. After working full time in the accounting field for a few years, Mike rejoined TIC in 2005. Mike manages the day-to-day operations of TIC, and acts as the coordinator for student groups handling digitization projects and descriptive serials. 

Elisabeth Mabie (EGM), Assistant Manager

Elisabeth was hired full-time in May of 2012 after working more than four years as a student employee, on-call, and temporary employee within TIC. Elisabeth graduated from Michigan State University in spring 2011. Elisabeth assists Mike in day-to-day operations, focusing especially on external communications, and coordinates the descriptive monographic student group, and the collections management student group. 

Andrew Lundeen (ATL), Library Assistant IV

In November 2015, Andrew started work as a Library Assistant IV within TIC. Andrew received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also received a Certificate in Special Collections and completed an additional Master’s specialization in Data Curation. Andrew also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. As of September 2013, Andrew had worked in the MSU Libraries’ Special Collections as an intern and as a temporary librarian where he has spearheaded the Special Collections Provenance Project, created exhibits, curated the MSU Student Activism Collection and coordinated its digitization. Andrew is responsible for the digital curation student group, indexing (keywording) student group, and some collections management/development work.

Student Employees

There are many students working in TIC. They come from very diverse majors such as: nursing, computer science, museum studies, jazz studies, accounting, and crop and soil sciences to mention a few. In many ways, the students are the backbone of the unit. They provide the inputting of the basic descriptive records and indexing them. In addition, they proof the records to ensure that errors are caught and corrected. Additionally, as TIC continues to partner with publishers and associations to digitize and make available publications, roles played by TIC student employees continue to expand. Student employees are relied upon to determine online article availability, maintain URLs, design websites, create web pages, file and organize materials, serve walk-in traffic, and an assortment of other tasks! 

Volunteers and Interns

Interns from library and/or information science programs provide staffing for projects that might not otherwise be completed for years. Volunteers such as retired faculty contribute time and expertise to work on projects that the staff and student employees would not have to time to complete or the knowledge to complete. We encourage your involvement! 

Library Administration

Clifford H. Haka, Director of MSU Libraries
Shawn Nicholson, Associate Director for Digital Information, of which TIC is a unit