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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.

August 23 - September 22, Winning PostDoc Posters on Display

August 17th, 2017

Congratulations to all participants of the 2017 Postdoc Research Day for a successful poster session! The posters summarizes the exciting research being conducted by postdocs at JPL. Five posters were selected by a panel of judges as the best in their respective subject categories.  These posters are now on display at the Hub at the BEACON Information Commons until September 22, 2017, the week of National Post Doc Week!

August 21, 9:00-11:00, Solar Eclipse on NASA TV at Hub

August 17th, 2017

JPL Library will show NASA TV’s coverage of the total solar eclipse at the Hub (111-104) on Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00 am.

NASA TV will cover the eclipse with a pre-show starting at 9 a.m. PDT, followed by the main program at 10 a.m. The broadcast will follow the path of the eclipse from Oregon to South Carolina with views from jet aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and solar telescopes, and will include live reports from locations in the path of totality, including Salem, Ore.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Neb.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Carbondale, Ill.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Clarksville, Tenn.; and Charleston, S.C.

Come watch this phenomenon event with your colleagues at the Hub.

August 2, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: "Explorer One" (repeat)

July 10th, 2017

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On August 2, we are showing “Explorer One” again for those who may have missed it earlier this Summer.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

July 26, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: "The American Rocketeer" (Repeat)

July 10th, 2017

For those who missed the showing of the first episode in the series “The Beginning of Space Age” earlier this Summer, JPL Library and Archives is showing it again on Wednesday, July 26.

The American Rocketeer

This video tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, how one man’s dreams and idealism changed his life, Caltech, and the nation.

Today, space probes designed, built and managed within earshot of the first rocket firing on a desolate Southern California canyon wash have reached every planet in our solar system and peered well beyond its boundaries. Each probe carries on it the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But more importantly, each probe carries with it the legacy of scientific and engineering excellence that began some three-quarters of a century ago in an isolated, scrub-strewn gulch northeast of Los Angeles.

On Halloween day in 1936, Malina led a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts to the Arroyo Seco, where they conducted their first stand-up rocket engine test that would lay the groundwork for the Lab’s founding. Malina’s personal letters, drawings and paintings reveal an extraordinary story of how JPL came to be. Though many other fascinating characters populate “The American Rocketeer,” at its core the film is a personal story of one man’s dream – and how his ideas and idealism put him on a collision course with the world.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.