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June 2017

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34 SportsTurf | June 2017 www.sportsturfonline.com FACILITY & OPERATIONS they finally got off. Jim picked me up and drove us to and through Kruger National Park. It was a strange feeling. We were caged in a little Volkswagen, about one-quarter the size of the elephants we saw there and the animals were roaming free in their native habitat. We viewed wildebeests, black sable antelope, boa constrictors and herds of graceful and beautiful loping giraffes. We even saw a cheetah, but not one lion, even through there are 3,000 of them in the park." THE JAMES B BEARD TURFGRASS LIBRARY COLLECTION In the following press release, Michigan State University's Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) and the MSU Libraries announced the donation of Harriet and Dr. James B Beard's collection of turfgrass research materials, valued at $2.2 million. Dedicated in July 2003, The James B Beard Turfgrass Library Collection "is generally acknowledged to be the finest personal compilation of turf-related material in existence. It includes international coverage of the turfgrass research and management literature, including books, periodicals, and technical reports. The Beard Collection serves as a non-circulating reference collection within the Turfgrass Information Center in the Main Library. This generous donation is the latest effort by Harriet and Dr. James B Beard in support of the Center's work and objectives, including the TIC Endowment. It was under the direction of Dr. Beard, and then–Library Director, Dr. Richard Chapin, that the MSU Libraries began to systematically collect printed turfgrass materials in the 1960s. In 1968, the personal collection of the late O. J. Noer, a pioneer turf agronomist, was added to the holdings through the O. J. Noer Foundation. The arrival of the Beard Collection makes MSU the strongest public repository of turfgrass literature in the world. Eventually, the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database will provide arti- cle-level access to all items within the Collections. TGIF, an online database jointly sponsored with the United States Golf Association (USGA), is produced and hosted by the MSU Libraries. The MSU press release continues with this notation, "Beard's classic, Turfgrass: Science and Culture, published in 1973 and still in print, continues as the only true treatise ever written regarding turfgrass science. It remains the best-selling reference work in the field. Much of the book was written within the walls of the MSU Main Library. His Turf Management for Golf Courses was first released in 1982 and revised in 2002." James B Beard, along with co-authors Harriet J. Beard and son James C Beard, were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf. This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science. Turfgrass History and Literature contains an extensive history of turfgrass research and the development of turfgrass as an important agricultural product. In addition, the book contains an extensive annotated bibliography of the literature of turfgrass, including many international publications. The bibliography entries are arranged by author, and there is a brief biography of each author. Among his nine books already in print is a previous Oberly Award winner, Turfgrass Bibliography from 1672 to 1972, which he edited along with Harriet and David P. Martin. Jim and Harriet currently are working on the tenth book, the history of the turf and soils of St. Andrews, the world-renowned golf course in Scotland. Jim says, "It's strictly history rather than science based as all the other books have been. St. Andrews' records go back to 1750. I was the first person to be given access to the greens committee minutes that I'm using to try to determine why they did what they did when they did it. "One string of entries in those minutes covers correspondence between the spokesperson for a group of ladies and the chairman of the greens committee. The ladies wanted to play some golf and started using the caddies' putting green on some abandoned land. That made the caddies unhappy, creating a difficult situation. So the ladies sent a letter to the greens committee requesting a date to play the old championship course. The chairman responded with sorry no opening—expressed in precise and proper language, of course. The women kept pursuing it and getting the same response. Finally, the chairman wrote back, we do have a date available, December 24." HONORS AND AWARDS Honors and awards always are meaningful and perhaps even more so in the academic arena. Turfgrass scientists know what they've done and what others have done, and the level of study, research and plain old hard work it takes to reach those achievements. Dr. Beard received the 2014 Crop Science Society of America Dr. James B Beard at the TPI Conference in 2008 at the Caribe Royale Orlando. PHOTO FROM TPI ARCHIVES.

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