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4,000+ Computer Science Ebooks Added To Library

August 31st, 2015

JPL Library is happy to announce that we have acquired more than 4,000 computer science electronic books. These books are published between 2011 and 2014 by Springer, available from SpingerLink website.

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1,000+ Physics Ebooks Added To Library

August 28th, 2015

JPL Library is happy to announce that we have acquired more than 1,000 physics electronic books. These books are published between 2012 and 2014 by Springer, available from SpingerLink website.

These books can be broadly categorized into the following sub-disciplines:

More specific topics can be searched once on the SpringerLink web site.  JPL Library’s license with the publisher allows JPL staff to download single copy of selected books for individual use, no re-distribution to other people is permitted. If you would like to recommend a book to a colleague, please ask them to download their own copy.

Library staff is happy to compile lists for more specific topics, please contact the Library at or ext 4-4200 for requests and comments.


PP2B Books Available

August 28th, 2015

JPL Parents and Parents to Be (PP2B) Group has been keeping a small collection of  books for its members. Over the Summer, PP2B and JPL Library staff agreed to incorporate these books into the Library’s collection, and make them available to all JPLers.

Here is a list of books.  These are all printed books, and they can be checked out three-months at a time.  They are placed on a cart next to the dictionary stand in the book wing of the Hub.


Ebooks on Social Media and Networks

August 10th, 2015

Here is a short list of selected electronic books on various aspects of social media and social networks from JPL Library ebook collections. They can be downloaded from within the JPL Network. Our license agreement allows for individual uses; please do not forward any downloaded copy to others. If you want to recommend books/chapters to your colleagues, please ask them to download their own copy.

  • Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interaction, 2014
    • This book investigates food issues as they intersect with participatory Internet culture — blogs, wikis, online photo- and video-sharing platforms, and social networks.
  • Gameful World:Approaches, Issues, Applications, 2014
    • What if our whole life were turned into a game? What sounds like the premise of a science fiction novel is today becoming reality as “gamification.” As more and more organizations, practices, products, and services are infused with elements from games and play to make them more engaging, we are witnessing a veritable ludification of culture.
  • Media Technologies:Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society, 2014
    • Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena.
  • Reality Mining:Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World, 2014
    • In this book, the authors explore the positive potential of big data, showing the ways in which the analysis of big data (“reality mining”) can be used to improve human systems as varied as political polling and disease tracking, while considering user privacy.
  • Social Machine:Designs for Living Online, 2014
    • Computers were first conceived as “thinking machines,” but in the twenty-first century they have become social machines, online places where people meet friends, play games, and collaborate on projects. In this book, Judith Donath argues persuasively that for social media to become truly sociable media, we must design interfaces that reflect how we understand and respond to the social world.
  • Collaborative Media:Production, Consumption, and Design Intervention, 2013
    • With many forms of digital media–including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr — the people formerly known as the audience no longer only consume but also produce and even design media. The authors term this phenomenon collaborative media, and in this book they investigate the qualities and characteristics of these forms of media in terms of what they enable people to do.
  • Digital Methods, 2013.
    • In Digital Methods, Richard Rogers proposes a methodological outlook for social and cultural scholarly research on the Web that seeks to move Internet research beyond the study of online culture. How can we study social media to learn something about society rather than about social media use?
  • Phantasmal Media:An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression, 2013
    • The concept of phantasmal media, the author argues, offers new possibilities for using the computer to understand and improve the human condition through the human capacity to imagine.
  • Net Smart:How to Thrive Online, 2012
    • Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century.
  • Networked:The New Social Operating System, 2012
    • The authors show how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making, and personal interaction.
  • Technology of Nonviolence:Social Media and Violence Prevention, 2012
    • How technology and community organizing can combine to help prevent violence, with examples from Chicago to Sri Lanka.

July 29, 2:00-2:45, 3D Printing, Interns, and Innovation

July 23rd, 2015

The 3-D printers at the Hub have been buzzing this Summer, several interns have been using them extensively. The finished products range from curious to amazing. Mary Bessell with the Planetary Surface Instruments Group, and Juliana Martinez with IT Technology and Innovation Group will present what they have been exploring with the technology and what they have accomplished. Others are welcome to join in the conversation.

This session will be held on the South side of the Hub (111-104), in front of the 3D printers.

July 28, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: The Stuff of Dreams

July 23rd, 2015

The Stuff of Dreams

In late 2013, JPL’s Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the space between the stars—the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the breath of our sun’s wind. What is more is that, this is not the first “first” record that Voyager has made. Since their commencement in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft have made numerous “firsts”. However, what isn’t widely known is that the project almost never got off the ground.

Written, produced and directed by Blaine Baggett, JPL’s Director for Communications and Education, “The Stuff of Dreams” describes the challenges mission managers and the lab had to face developing and launching the twin Voyager spacecraft and operating them during the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. Through first-hand accounts of those who were there, the film shows how the mission and JPL survived times of uncertainty and debate about the future of the U.S. space program and managed to fly the smartest robots of that age on the most ambitious planetary tour ever designed.

July 22, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Larry James

July 1st, 2015

JPL Stories Presents:

The Early Days of GPS: My Time as a Shuttle Payload Specialist


Presented by: Larry James, JPL Deputy Director

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104


GPS (Global Positioning System) is now an indispensable worldwide utility. However, the early days of GPS were both technically and politically challenging. Larry was selected as the Air Force Shuttle Payload Specialist to fly with the first operational GPS satellite. Come hear about the growth of GPS, the Payload Specialist program, and the impact the Challenger disaster had on the overall program.


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.


July 21, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

July 1st, 2015

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, we are showing “Destination Moon” on July 21st at the Hub.

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email, or leave a comment here.