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Implication of water on Mars, Link to the Paper

September 28th, 2015

Here is the link to the Nature Geoscience article, published on September 28, that is the background of the day’s big NASA announcement:

Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring slope lineae on Mars, Nature Geosciencedoi:10.1038/ngeo2546



Paper Records Inventory (PRI) System Upgrade

September 23rd, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 28 the Paper Records Inventory application — which supports records storage, retrieval and return of inactive paper records to off-site storage — will be on a new user-friendly interface.

All data and records will be migrated to the new system. Some improvements include advanced search for storage request and box searches. There is also a new “my submissions” feature, which displays all the requests that you have created in the system.

For help using the application, please call the JPL Records help desk at ext. 4-5469 or visit the Records Management page.

For technical assistance, contact the JPL IT service desk: 4-HELP.

Cyber Security: Understanding, Defense, and Trust

September 22nd, 2015

October is Cyber Security Month. Following is an updated list of selected electronic books on the various aspects of cyber security.


All ebooks can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading. Our license with the publishers specifies that ebooks are for individual use, and they cannot be re-distributed to others. If you would like to recommend certain books to your colleagues, please ask them to access their own copy.

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics. For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

Water: Resources for Study, Modeling and Applications

September 11th, 2015

In support of the Water Initiative at the Lab, here are some useful resources from the JPL Library.


  • ProQuest Natural Science Collection: An extensive database containing full text and records of journal articles, trade magazines, book chapters and websites related to earth sciences, environmental studies, biology and agriculture.
  • Web of Science: A database for records of scholarly journals from all subjects and disciplines. Links to the full text article is available if JPL subscribes to the electronic journal.

Selected Electronic Journals:

Electronic Book Series:

Selected Electronic Books:

Additional resources are also available. Contact the Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200, for more information.

Oct 12-Oct 25, Minor Remodeling Taking Place at Hub

October 8th, 2015

After five years of operation, some of the furniture at the Hub are showing wear and tear and need to be replaced. At the same time, Hub staff have also learned how people prefer to use some of our space.  With the support from Division 27 Management, we are excited to get new furniture and we will reconfigure some of the set up on the south side of the Hub, the area near the vending machines and 3D printer.  From October 12 through October 25, the south side will be un-available from time to time, and there may be working noise in close-by area.

The north side of the Hub remains to be open during this time. The 3D printers will be moved to the table in front of the Library Circulation/Reference Desk. Both Library Circulation/Reference Desk and OCIO Help Desk are open and continue to offer support to all.

Pardon our dust!


Sep 23, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: John Callas

August 31st, 2015

JPL Stories Presents:

An Adventure with Spirit: the ultimate tale of an intrepid rover

Presented by: Dr. John Callas, Project Manager, Mars Exploration Rovers

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104


Contact was lost with Spirit on March 22, 2010 after six years of operation from this 90-day rover. The circumstances that ultimately led the loss began years before the rover’s end, with Spirit’s survival always in question. But it was those same challenges to survival that resulted in Spirit’s greatest discoveries. Come hear the story of survival and discovery on the surface of the Red Planet.


The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.


Sep 10-11, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

August 31st, 2015

Summer is winding down, and Fall is coming.  The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for September 10th and 11th, 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 sciences, engineering, business management, and computer applications.   The Exchange will be held on September 10th and 11th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.

Aug 13, 2:00-3:00, Mathematica

August 10th, 2015

The Office of the Chief Information Officer is sponsoring a presentation about Mathematica at the Hub. Watch for announcements from OCIO.