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Innovation and Venture Capitals

September 22nd, 2016

Related to the LEAP Seminar on “Why Tech Venture Capitalists Are Flocking to Space” at the Hub on September 22, here are a few electronic books related to this topic:

All ebooks can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. Our licenses with the publishers prevent further re-distribution, so if you would like to recommend your colleagues to read any of the ebooks, please ask them to download a copy themselves. For questions and comments, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200, or leave a comment here.

ProQuest Natural Sciences Collection: for Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences

September 21st, 2016

ProQuest Natural Science Collection is a suite of databases containing full text of articles from peer-reviewed journals, conference papers, book chapters to trade magazines. Selected government reports and websites are also included.  A special feature is that tables and figures inside the articles have been indexed separately, so that they can be searched independent of their parent articles.  This is useful when searching specifically for maps, charts, or photos.

Click here to access the entire Natural Sciences Collection.   This collection covers a broad range of subjects, the default is to search the entire collection. However, it is also possible to search selected subsets that are specifically relevant to the Lab’s current interest. Click on any of the following links for the subset.

Subject scopes at a glance

Atmospheric science: 1974 to present

  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Climatology
  • General meteorology
  • Glaciology
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean-atmospherics
  • Upper atmosphere

Earth sciences: 1693 to present, including the GeoRef database

  • Geology: areal, economic, engineering, environmental, extraterrestrial, hydro, marine, structural, surficial
  • Geochemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology
  • Seismology

Environmental sciences: 1960 to present

  • Energy
  • Geophysical & climate change
  • Global warming
  • Pollutions
  • Population studies
  • Sustainable development
  • Waste management

Other major subjects covered by the Natural Science collection include aquatic sciences, agriculture, biology and biotechnology, medical sciences, and toxicology.

Supplementary Journal Coverage

This collection includes full text from almost a thousand journals in the above subject areas.  JPL Library is not able to subscribe them individually, but we are happy to offer them through this database suite . The full text availability differs from journal to journal, and some of them are under a one-year embargo period, which means the full text of the article is available one year after the publication issue. Check the JPL Library A-Z list for specific coverage.

Customized presentations

Library staff are available to give customized demonstrations about this Natural Science Collection to your group or section. Please contact the Library Reference Desk at or ext 4-4200 to schedule a session.


RESOLVED - BEACON Express Authentication

September 20th, 2016

Earlier today (9/20/16) BEACON experienced authentication issues that prevented users from logging into BEACON Express. These issues have been resolved and BEACON Express is working as intended. If you continue to experience issues logging into BEACON Express, contact Marlon Hernandez at x4-9258. Thank you and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Technology and Ethics, Societal Impacts

September 9th, 2016

All ebooks can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. Our licenses with the publishers prevent further re-distribution, so if you would like to recommend your colleagues to read any of the ebooks, please ask them to download a copy themselves. For questions and comments, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200, or leave a comment here.

September 23, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

September 9th, 2016

The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for September 23, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hub.

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 Friday, September 23, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.

August 10, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Adam Steltzner

July 29th, 2016

JPL Stories Presents:

Time Changes All
My times at JPL in 3 acts and 4 stories

Presented by: Adam Steltzner, JPL Fellow, Mars 2020 Chief Engineer

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104


I arrived at JPL and found myself feeling like a tiny cog in a gigantic machine. Almost 25 years later, I now find myself feeling like a caretaker of a magnificent but fragile machine. The tale of this transition unfolds in 3 acts and 4 stories.


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.


August 3, 10:00-11:00, Operations from Mobile Devices: App for Curiosity

July 29th, 2016

This summer, the Mars Science Laboratory operations team began receiving notifications directly to their phones whenever there is new data arriving from the spacecraft. Communication windows as well as critical spacecraft state changes that are usually sent as email updates are now also being delivered as push notifications directly to iPhones and Android phones.

The MSL project in collaboration with the 397 Flight Engineering and Human Interfaces groups have designed an end-to-end system for timely, secure data delivery from JPL through the Amazon cloud to JPL-managed mobile devices. In this talk we will describe how:

  • Developers and users working closely together in agile fashion accelerated our work and increased our chances for success
  • Cloud computing frameworks gave us scalability and multiple platform support from the start
  • Design thinking and techniques produced a multi-tiered spacecraft data visualization app that minimizes the burden on the operator to stay plugged into what’s happening onboard.

Mark Powell and Sloan Swieso, both from Section 397, will describe and discuss this app at the Hub, on Wednesday, August 3, 10:00-11:00 am.

July 29, 12:00-1:00 pm, Scopus/SciVal Demonstration and Workshop

July 15th, 2016

In order to introduce more people to Scopus and SciVal, library staff will demonstrate these two systems at the Hub on July 29, 12:00-1:00 pm.  You are welcome to bring your own laptop computer to try it during or immediately after the session, ask questions and give feedbacks.

What are Scopus and SciVal?

  • Scopus is a very large reference and abstract database for peer-reviewed and academic literature in all disciplines, from science, engineering, medicine, to social sciences and humanities. It also features several smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize scholarly research. It is a major competitor to Web of Science.
  • SciVal
    Based on the records in Scopus and analytics technology, SciVal provides overviews of research output at institution level, allows for benchmarking with other organizations, helps in identifying collaboration partners, and analyzes research trends with citation and usage data.

For more information about Scopus and SciVal, please contact library reference desk at