Staff at the Turfgrass Information Center

Elisabeth Mabie Elisabeth Mabie, Head of Department

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. Over the past decade, she has served as both Assistant Manager and Manager of the department, before moving into her current position. Elisabeth provides the oversight of TIC's operations as well as the development of the TGIF database, with a focus on guiding the work of TIC staff and student employees. Elisabeth handles external communications, in particular social media.

Andrew Lundeen Andrew Lundeen, Turfgrass Projects Librarian & Collection Manager

In 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. Andrew serves as the Collection Manager for TIC, where he handles donations, purchasing, and provides scope oversight to the Collection.

Nicholas DeVolder Nicholas DeVolder, Assistant Manager

In 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.

Kierra JonesKierra Jones, Library Assistant

In January 2022, Kierra joined the full-time TIC Staff. During her time as an undergraduate at Michigan State University, Kierra worked as a student employee for three years in the Turfgrass Information Center, along with two years in the Vice President's Office of Student Affairs & Services. Kierra graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After, she continued working as an on-call employee in TIC, a temporary employee in Career Services, and University Services. Today, Kierra is responsible for the supervision of the descriptive monograph student group and support for TGIF outreach and engagement.

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

terri-miller.pngTerri Miller, Interim Dean of MSU Libraries
Shawn NicholsonShawn Nicholson, Associate Director for Digital Information, of which TIC is a unit