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Site Maintenance - Aug 18, 8PM-11PM

August 17th, 2017

BEACON Information Commons website (excluding BEACON Express) will undergo scheduled maintenance from 8PM-11PM PDT on Monday, August 21st. The site will be unavailable during maintenance.

Library Journals and Database services will not be affected.

Life of an Eclipse Chaser and Other Ebooks About the Sun

August 17th, 2017

Seeing a total solar eclipse is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, for many who have experienced totality, once-in-a-lifetime is simply not enough. They want more, and are willing to go to great lengths often at great expense to repeat the experience. What is it like to experience totality?What is it about the experience that motivates these eclipse chasers?Is there an eclipse chaser personality? Can eclipse chasing actually be described as an addiction?This book describes the people who dedicate their lives to chasing their dream.

To read this ebook, download it here: Total addiction : the Life of an Eclipse Chaser

Here are additional ebooks about our sun:

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.

Library staff are available to compile similar lists of books or articles for individuals or groups. Please contact the Library Reference Desk at ext.4-4200, or email to initiate a request.

BEACON Express Updated

August 14th, 2017

As part of continued improvements to our systems and services, we have upgraded BEACON Express to a new platform. This platform operates very similarly to our previous platform, but offers additional benefits. To make the transition seamless, users should review the Required Actions below.

New Features

  • Access Anywhere – View your articles, request status, and submit new request all without having to log into Pulse Secure. BEACON Express is now hosted on a publicly accessible site.
  • One account for multiple services – Your Library Account Credentials will grant you access to your Library Account and Beacon Express.
  • Responsive design – Access your account and files on any device.

Required Action

  • Previously Registered Users
    • Set/Reset Pin – Authentication for BEACON Express is now handled through your Library Account.  For your convenience all the previously created accounts have been transferred. Your JPL BADGE NUMBER is your Username and, as a one time process, users must Set/Reset Pin to obtain access.
    • Review Open Requests – All pending requests have been transferred. Contact if you are missing a request.
    • Download Recent Article Files – Download all pdf files from Article requests submitted between July 1st and August 14th. Use this link to log into the old platform and download files No action needed for Purchase or Book Loan requests. Alternatively, you can email and ask for staff to email you the files directly.
  • New Users
    • Register – Authentication for BEACON Express is now handled through your Library Account. To create an account email your badge number to

Questions? 4-4200

JPL Single-Sign On (SSO) Implemented

July 31st, 2017

The library website and Beacon Express now make use of JPL’S Single-Sign On (SSO) service for authentication. Users will be prompted to log into the site using their JPL Username on the familiar JPL SSO site. Furthermore, logging into other SSO protected sites, such as EBIS, in a recent session will allow users instant access to Beacon.

If you have any issues accessing Beacon Express please contact Marlon, 4-9258.