Want more experience in technology-based library instruction, innovative
reference models, and outside-the-box library marketing? Consider applying for
the part-time position below:

Part-Time Community College Librarian

Recognized nationally and ranked #1 by the Houston Business Journal as the
largest College or University in the Houston, Texas area with a total
enrollment of more than 85,000 students, Lone Star College System is poised for
greatness.  Lone Star College-Montgomery is the premiere student-centered
educational institution in Montgomery County. Serving The Woodlands and Conroe
communities, LSC-Montgomery provides a relaxing and conducive learning
atmosphere while offering leisure learning opportunities, individual classes,
and unique programs such as radiologic technology and physical therapy.

By joining our top notch institution, you will enjoy being a part of an
organization recognized for the 2nd year in a row as a “Great College To Work
For”.  We offer a supportive, collegial work environment, excellent work/life
balance, tuition reimbursement, participation in the TIAA-CREF retirement plan
and more.

Want more information? Please visit  http://www.lonestar.edu/employment.htm and
explore Job ID# 16374.


King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”

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OK, who wants my job!? Tumblarians with corporate/special research experience, get to it!


Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, who confirmed the existence of dark matter, is 86 today – celebrate with her fantastic 1996 Berkeley commencement address on science and stereotypes.


Bibliophiles and print enthusiasts, take note. We have a new blog post owl about bookplates. Ahem, all about bookplates.

Lynd Ward bookplate with owl design, 194-. Lynd Ward bookplates, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

White Northern Lights in Finland

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This is exactly what is needed in the Libraries - forget carrels and collaborative meeting spaces -  HAMMOCKS.

Reblogging ourselves because it’s “National Hammock Day” - why not? There’s a surprise hammock aficionado if you check out the entire brochure for J.B. Patterson’s Textile Novelties.


Alexander Calder was born today in 1898. The existentialist philosopher Jean–Paul Sartre praised Calder’s mobiles, describing them as “lyrical invention.” 

[Alexander Calder. Untitled. 1939.] 



45 years ago, July 20 1969,  Apollo 11 put two men and two Hasselblads on the moon.

The resulting images are iconic. 

They were simple to use (with bulky space gloves) and the large format film was preloaded into magazines that could easily be interchanged mid-roll when lighting situations changed. 

Astronaut Wally Schira carried the first Hasselblad (a 500C which he had purchased in Houston) into space during his Earth orbit in 1962.

During the Apollo 11 mission, nine magazines of 70-millimeter film were exposed using four specially modified Hasselblad cameras: 

70-mm Hasselblad Electric Camera: carried aboard the command module, featured a motor-drive mechanism, powered by two nickel-cadmium batteries, that advanced the film and cocked the shutter whenever the camera was activated.

70-mm Hasselblad EL Data Cameras (EDC): carried on the lunar module, electrically powered, semiautomatic operation. It used Carl Zeiss 60-mm Biogon lens, equipped with a polarisation filter. Operated by squeezing a trigger mounted on the camera handle. The reseau plate was made of glass and was fitted to the back of the camera body, extremely close to the film plane. The plate was engraved with a grid of 25 crosses which were recorded on every exposed frame to provide a means of determining distances and analysis.  The camera was bracket-mounted on the front of a LM astronaut’s suit. The photo plate was also coated with a small conductive layer of silver, preventing the buildup of static electricity that could result in a spark. The outer camera was painted silver to help maintain its temperature on the lunar surface and all lubricants had to be replaced to allow the machines to work in the vacuum of space. 

70-mm Hasselblad Lunar Surface Superwide-Angle Camera: carried aboard the lunar module. The shutter and film advance were operated manually.

The folding loop on back of the magazines was to assist hoisting them up to the lunar module. The camera and the lenses were all left on the moon to save weight on the return to Earth. Only the film magazines were brought back. 

Altogether a dozen NASA astronauts have walked on the moon surface in five lunar landing missions. No human has returned since the crew of Apollo 17 departed in December 1972.

12 Hasselblads are still sitting there.

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