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February 27, 2004

The greatest need of Texas Technological College is a Library building. In the session of 1927 an appropriation was made by the Legislature for a library for Texas Technological College. For some reason, not now apparent the Governor vetoed this appropriation. Repeatedly, from that day to the present, the Board of Directors and the administration of the College have called to the Legislature's attention the most serious need of library space at Texas Technological College. We assert here without fear of contradiction that the Texas Technological College has the most inadequate library space of any State-supported institution in the State of Texas.

The present library is housed on the first floor of the West wing of the Administration Building, a space not intended or built for that purpose. The space occupied there is approximately 5,362 square feet for the stack room, office of the librarian, receiving room, work room and the reading room. The reading room space alone occupies only 2,378 square feet of space. It contains room for only 25 tables with 147 chairs or enough to hold 54% of the students attending in the fall of 1936. Only one out of twenty students can find a place in the library at one time.

A teachers college in this State has a library built from appropriations for that purpose with a reading room 168 feet long. That teachers college has an enrollment in the long session less than one-half of the enrollment of Texas Technological College. Their reading room contains upward of 6,700 square feet or space for 1,200 students in the long session. We have 2,378 square feet, or about one-third, for more than twice as many students. It has less books in its library than Texas Tech.

Taking the amount of books, pamphlets and other material usually scheduled in libraries from catalogue statements of various State institutions in Texas, Texas Technological College has at least the fifth largest library in a State-supported institution in Texas. We have been only eleven years in accumulating this library. The other libraries, particularly those exceeding ours in numbers of books and pamphlets, have been in existence more than twice the length of time of Texas Technological College. All of these other institutions having larger libraries than Texas Technological College have received appropriations or the benefit of constitutional provisions for large land grants, enabling them to construct handsome, attractive and useful library buildings for their students. But Texas Technological College, young and vigorous and growing, with nearly 3,000 students, has no library facilities worthy of the name.

The space occupied by the library of Texas Technological College is sorely needed for other purposes. Such a new library building would furnish the College not only with library facilities but could be soon constructed as to contribute very greatly to the educational facilities of the institution.

There is plenty of authority for the statement hat a library building should be planned to accommodate at least 50% of the student enrollment in college at any one time in the total seating capacity of its reading rooms and auxiliary rooms used for student purposes. The Texas Technological College library space contains 147 chairs in its reading room and 25 tables supposed to seat six students at the table, two on each side and one at each end. As a matter of fact, the tables are so crowded that it is only possible to put 147 chairs in the reading room. Thus it appears that the searing capacity of the reading room of the Texas Technological College is only 5.4% of its present student body actually in attendance. Instead of accommodating 147 students, the seating capacity of the library ought to be 1,300 students or almost ten times its present capacity.

We have asked the Legislature for an appropriation of $300,000 with which to erect a library. The library as planned would have ample reading rooms, seminar rooms and stack rooms to accommodate a college of the size and importance of Texas Technological College. And, at the same time, the building can be so planned that part of it can be utilized for classroom temporarily while the institution is growing.

The number of catalogued volumes contained in the library of the Texas Technological College as of February 1, 1937, was 53,698. The number of un-catalogued Government documents, pamphlets, maps, etc., is estimated as approximately 20,000. Theses figures include that portion of the library temporarily loaned to Agriculture, Engineering, home Economics and Chemistry for use because of lack of space in the reading room of the main library.

The Board of Directors of Texas Technological College is asking the Legislature for an appropriation of $300,000 with which to build a Library Building.

Source: "Bulletin of the Texas Technological College". Lubbock, Tex. : The College, 1937. 13-14 (Call Number: LD5317 .T41 Vol. 13 1937)

The Library of Texas Technological College, consisting of 123,052 catalogued volumes, 30,267 periodicals and 322,464 documents is housed in a separate building near the center of the campus. Among the facilities for student services are the reserve reading room, a general reading room, and areas devoted to the use of periodicals and documents. Individual study space is available for graduate students engaged in research. The Library also provides readers for microfilm and microcard publcations.

The Library staff is made up of 12 professionally trained librarians and 15 sub-professionals, providing service all hours the Library is open.

The Library offers its services to the students and faculty of the College, to citizens of the State of Texas, and to other friends of the College.

Hours of service: 8 A.M. to 10 P.M., Monday through Friday; 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays. Summer term: 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M., Monday through Friday; 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Sunday. Closed Sundays and holidays.

Source: "Bulletin of the Texas Technological College". Lubbock, Tex. : The College, 1955. 13-14 (Call Number: LD5317 .T41 Vol. 31 1955)

The Library
The Library has acquired by gift and by purchase approximately 11,000 books and pamphlets.

This materials comprises general and special encyclopedias, general literature, English and foreign texts, treaties on subjects taught in the College; back numbers of magazines, both general and technical, and the nucleus of a fir working collection of State and Federal documents.

The funds at the disposal of the Library are being expended with care, in the effort to build up as good a working collection as possible, for students and faculty.

On the periodical racks are about one hundred general and special magazines and eight newspapers, acquired partly by gift, partly by purchase. The Wilson indexes are a valuable part of the periodical stock, as is also the New York Times Index.

The entire collection is housed in a room in the west wing of the Administration Building.

In the hope of building up a great technical and general library, in keeping with the College as its creators see it in the future, the effort is being made to lay the foundation in respect of organization, equipment, service, for a library commensurate with the standards of a college of the first class.

The well known formula of library effectiveness, "5 pre cent building, 20 per cent books, 75 per cent service," is an important part of the life philosophy of the Library.

The service which the Library gives is, of course, primarily for students and faculty; yet so far as the resources of the Library permit, service is rendered to outsiders as well. It is hoped that the Library may in the near future become an increasingly important part of the civic and cultural life of the Panhandle Plains Country and of all Texas.

Source: "Bulletin of the Texas Technological College". Lubbock, Tex. :  The College,  1927. 26 (Call Number: LD5317 .T41 Vol. 31 1927)

February 26, 2004

Yesterday while helping a Korean undergraduate student look for encyclopedia of Asia history, I related to him that I'm from Singapore. On hearing that, he commented that it is well known in Korea that students from Singapore and Japan rank top in Mathematics subjects. I was rather pleased, and proud of Singaporean students at that point, but also felt that any earthling can choose to do well in any subject he/she puts passion and mind into it.

February 25, 2004


Asinine, a. Also 7­8 ass-.
[ad. L. asin_nus, f. asinus ass: see -ine1.]
1. Of or pertaining to asses.
1624 Bolton Nero 246 Her fiue hundred female asses..her asinine dayrie.
1641 Milton Educ. Wks. 1738 I. 137 That asinine feast of sowthistles.
1873 Longfellow Monk Casal Magg. 157 Since monkish flesh and asinine are one.
2. Having the qualities by which the ass is characterized; obstinate, stupid, doltish.
c1610 Chapman Iliad, To Reader 225 Your asinine souls, Proud of their burdens, feel not how they gall.
1781 Cowper Convers. 209 ’Tis the most asinine employ on earth, To hear them tell of parentage and birth.
1859 Helps Friends in C. Ser. ii. I. ii. 153 And I..should be asinine enough to go.

[f. prec. + -ity.]
Asinine quality; stupidity.
1831 Fraser’s Mag. Aug., Ears beyond the usual dimensions of asin[in]ity asinine.
1860 J. Kennedy Quodlibet vi. 88 Meek, even to a degree of asininity, in his demeanor.

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After much persistence to find the origin of the word ‘wildcat’, I finally found it on Microsoft Encarta web site

(The term wildcatter comes from West Texas, where in the early 1920s drilling crews encountered many wildcats as they cleared locations for exploratory wells. Shot wildcats were hung on the oil derricks, and the wells became known as wildcat wells.)

Curosity killed the cats...... hmmm......

My colleage sent me the link to this very cute flash movie with kittens dressed up as vikings....

The "Viking Kittens" Flash cartoon was originally created by Joel Veitch of fame.

Got my green card, finally! My colleague sent me information about the history of green card.

Post World War II—The First Green Card

As World War II ended and large-scale immigration to the United States resumed, alien registration ceased to take place at post offices and became part of regular immigration procedures at ports of entry. INS, based on the alien's admission status, issued different documents to serve as Alien Registration Receipt Cards. For example, visitors received an I-94c, temporary foreign laborers received an I-100a, and legal permanent residents (LPRs) received an I-151. The small, green Form I-151 had immediate value in identifying its holder as an alien who was entitled to live and work indefinitely in the United States.

Combating Document Fraud—The Green Card Changes Color

In the early 1950s, the status of being a Green Card holder became so desirable that counterfeit Form I-151s became a serious problem. To combat document fraud, the INS issued 17 different re-designs of the Form I-151 between 1952 and its complete revision in 1977.

In 1964, the color of the Green Card was changed to pale blue. After 1964, it became a dark blue. Regardless of color, the Form I-151 still carried with it the benefits indicated by the term Green Card, and those who wanted, obtained, issued or inspected it continued to refer to it by that name.

During the mid-1970s, INS studied methods to produce a more counterfeit-resistant Green Card. The study resulted in centralized card production at the Immigration Card Facility in Texas. This created standardization and accountability lacking with local card production. In addition, new materials and technologies were introduced to create a new machine-verifiable Green Card. The new Green Card, first issued in 1977, also had a new form number, I-551.

February 17, 2004

Interesting web site that offers information about origins of some words and phrases.

February 07, 2004

Found the comic website by Lee Chee Chew.

Just visited some web sites created by Singaporeans. Quite disappointed by the use of foul language in some of the web pages. Does using the 'F' word creates a cooler image for a person? I don't think so. One might argue that everyone has the freedom of speech to express oneself freely. Yeah right, would you use this word in front of your mother? My advice: don't say/do what you would not say/do in front of your mother.