Ideas Shared Observatory

The University of Texas McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, TX
Craig Nance, Superintendent


Superintendent Craig Nance wasted no time in showing the Powered Libraries team to the Science Library and delved into the singular history of the space, nestled underneath a high-powered telescope. The Observatory Library is a star attraction serving academic researchers who gather information from scientific articles and publications to better understand the night sky and universe.

The collection contains priceless planetary volumes, charts, and relics that spark curiosity. Gems include a rare book printed to commemorate the dedication of the Observatory, containing the signatures of the who's who of astronomy during the early 20th century. Under Craig's leadership guided by a can-do spirit combined with a quirky sense of humor, the sky is the limit. He is dedicated to exploring the public-facing future of the library as much as he is passionate about sharing the mysteries of the observable 200 billion stars in the galaxy.

For more information about the initiative, visit the McDonald Observatory website.