Staff at the Turfgrass Information Center

Peter Cookingham, Head

Pete CookinghamPete 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.

Elisabeth Mabie, Manager

Elisabeth MabieElisabeth 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 manages the day-to-day operations of the Center, focusing especially on external communications including social media - as well as coordinating the descriptive monographic student group, and the indexing (keywording) student group.



Andrew Lundeen, Turfgrass Projects Librarian

Andrew LundeenIn November 2015, Andrew started work within TIC. Andrew earned his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with a specialization in Data Curation and a certification in Special Collections. Andrew also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. In August 2018, Andrew moved into his new role as Turfgrass Projects Librarian. Andrew has previous experience working in the MSU Libraries’ Special Collections, where he now has a 25% time secondary assignment in addition to his work within the Turfgrass Information Center.


Nicholas DeVolder, Library Assistant

Nicholas DeVolderIn October 2018, Nicholas DeVolder joined the TIC staff as a Library Assistant IV. During his undergraduate career at Michigan State University, Nick worked for four years as a student employee in the Turfgrass Information Center. Nick graduated from MSU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and continued to work at TIC in an on-call capacity until March 2018 when he took a Laboratory Technician job with Prism Analytical Technologies in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Nick is responsible for student supervision of the office student group, as well as the descriptive serials group.


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. 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, 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

Joseph SalemJoseph Salem Jr.,  University Librarian/Director of Libraries
Shawn NicholsonShawn Nicholson, Associate Director for Digital Information, of which TIC is a unit