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Ebooks on Maps and Map Making

Here is a short list of books on maps and map-making, from JPL Library’s ebook collections.


All ebooks can be accessed from within the JPL network, chapters can be downloaded and moved to mobile devices for later reading. All electronic books are for individual reading and use only, they cannot be transferred to other people.  To recommend ebooks to JPL colleagues, please ask them to download their own copy via JPL network.

Science Issues from the State of The Union Address 2015

The 2015 State of the Union address focused on topics such as 21st century skills, climate change, and cybersecurity. The National Academies Press provides resources directly related to these national issues. The full transcript of the President’s speech, annotated with lists of related materials from the National Academies of Press, can be found from this link.

Below are a few resources that are most relevant to JPL.  All the reports can be downloaded for free.

Applied Physics Reviews: What's Your Review?

Applied Physics Review used t0 published under its parent journal, Journal of Applied Physics, by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) from 1980 to 2013.  In 2014, AIP decided to publish Applied Physics Review as a separate publication. It features reviews of important and current topics of experimental or theoretical research in applied physics and applications of physics to other branches of science and engineering. These articles may vary in scope and length—from comprehensive reviews covering established areas in-depth to concise reviews covering new and emerging areas of science.

Check out this journal, and let us know your evaluation of it below in the comments.

Ebooks for R, The Programming Language

R is a free software programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics.  JPL Library has a several electronic books on the various aspects about R, from introductory text to specific applications.  Click on the tiles to see the table-of-contents of the book and download for later reading.

All ebooks can be accessed from within the JPL network, chapters can be downloaded and moved to mobile devices for later reading. All electronic books are for individual reading and use only, they cannot be transferred to other people.  To recommend ebooks to JPL colleagues, please ask them to download their own copy via JPL network.

Jan 29, 11:30-12:30, TED Talk Thursday

TED Talk Thursday is starting again in 2015! Here are a few frequently asked questions about TED and TED Talk Thursday.

Q: What is TED? What are TED Talks?

A: TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED Talks are short (usually less than 18 minutes), powerful presentations.

Q: What is TED Talk Thursday?

A: The JPL Library sponsors this event. Each month on a Thursday lunch time at the Hub, a host select three to four TED Talks to show, and moderates discussions related to any of the Talks. The whole event will last less than 60 minutes, and everyone at JPL is welcome to attend.

Q: Who is the host for the monthly presentations?

A: Any JPLer can be a host for the TED Talk Thursday. All one needs is the desire to share interesting presentations to others, and there is no need to be expert in the topic of the presentations.  Please contact Dudee Chiang ( at JPL Library for more details.

Q: What if I am interested in doing a TED-Talk like presentation? Can I do that at the Hub?

A: Sure, please contact Dudee to set up your presentation.

Q: Since the TED Talks are videos accessible from anywhere, why can’t I watch them from my office?

A: The idea of TED Talk Thursday is to have face-to-face meeting with other JPLers outside of your immediate work group. You never know what new ideas may come out of the encounters.

Q: Since it will be lunch time, can I eat at the Hub?

A: Sure.

Jan 28, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: California's Drought: Are We In or Out?

On January 28th, 2015 at 4:30pm Bill Patzert, Climatologist, Division 32, will present:

California’s Drought: Are We In or Out?

“California’s history is written in great droughts,” Patzert says. As of December 2014, the ongoing California drought has turned more serious. Entering our 4th year of below-normal rainfall and snowpack, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. How did we get into this drought? Did a much advertised El Nino give us drought relief? How does drought impact the Southern California coastal marine environment? To find out how this story developed this winter, what happened to this drought and how we deal with future droughts, attend this talk!

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JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at or call ext. 4-4200.

Jan 7-8, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

Welcome to 2015! The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for January 7th and 8th, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  at the Hub on each day.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on programming languages, MS Office applications, sciences, engineering,and  business management.   The Exchange will be held on January 7th and 8th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.

Dec 18, 12:30-1:30, AGU Union Agency Lecture

The JPL Library is happy to be a “Remote Viewing Site” for this year’s American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting General Sessions. The General Sessions usually cover a broad and exciting topic applicable across all fields of Earth and space science.  Come to the Hub(111-104) to watch live streaming of the sessions.

On Thursday, December 18, the Union Agency Lecture will be given by Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell.

In nominating Jewell, President Obama said, “She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future.  She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country.  She knows the link between conservation and good jobs.  She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand.”

As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). Jewell joined REI as Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and was named CEO in 2005. During her tenure, REI nearly tripled in business to $2 billion and was consistently ranked one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine.

Before joining to REI, Jewell spent 19 years as a commercial banker, first as an energy and natural resources expert and later working with a diverse array of businesses that drive our nation’s economy.  Trained as a petroleum engineer, Jewell started her career with Mobil Oil Corp. in the oil and gas fields of Oklahoma and the exploration and production office in Denver, Colo. where she was exposed to the remarkable diversity of our nation’s oil and gas resources.

Jewell has worked to ensure that public lands are accessible and relevant to all people from all backgrounds, and to build a connection between the great outdoors and a new generation of Americans.

This is the first time the JPL Library uses the Hub as remote viewing site for AGU Meetings. We would like to know your thoughts and experiences. Please leave your comments below, or contact the Library Reference Desk at or call ext 4-4200.