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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.