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Mar 18, 9AM-12PM, Site Maintenance

March 15th, 2017

BEACON Information Commons website (including BEACON Express) will undergo scheduled maintenance from 9AM-12PM PDT on Saturday, March 18.

Library Journals and Database services will not be affected.

J. of Physics: Condensed Matter Selected Papers from 2016

February 28th, 2017

The editors at Journal of Physics: Condensed Maters has highlighted several 2016 papers to demonstrate their scope and editorial standards. These papers are further grouped into several topic areas:

  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Soft matter, biophysics and fluids
  • Nanostructures and nanoelectronics
  • Structure, dynamics and phase transitions
  • Physics of materials
  • And more

Seven Exoplanets Near TRAPPIST-1: The Original Paper

February 22nd, 2017

Here is the original paper from Nature on the discovery of the seven planets near the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1:

“Seven temperate terrestrial planets around the nearby ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1”.  Michaël Gillon et al.  Nature 542, 456–460doi:10.1038/nature21360



Finding NASA and Other Standards

February 8th, 2017

Did you know that JPL employees have a single point of access to technical standards, tools, and best practices?  The NASA Technical Standards Program’s (NTSP) Standards System, sponsored by the Office of the NASA Chief Engineer, provides one-stop access to a wide range of standards, including those from NASA, NASA Centers, ISO (International Standards Organization) and other major standards organization.  The URL for the site is []

NASA and Center Standards, Technical Memoradums (TM) and Technical Reports (TRs) can all be accessed from this site.

If the standard you are looking for is not displayed in one of the pages from this site, you can login then search for it.  To login, you need your NASA LaunchPad ID.  If that standard is NOT in the subscribed collection, there is a provision to request it right there (usually pretty quick, a few days).

NOTE that standards suppliers typically watermark and/or footer standards that users download, with the user’s name, date, etc. – the standards are NOT intended to be distributed further.

At JPL, the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer is the contact for questions regarding NASA and JPL Standards.

P.S. If you are looking for IEEE Standards, they are also available through the JPL Library’s subscription to IEEE Explore.

Mar 29, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Deborah Vane

March 6th, 2017

JPL Stories Presents:

A Near-Death Experience: Saving the CloudSat Spacecraft from a Severe Battery Anomaly


Presented by: Deborah Vane, CloudSat Project Manager

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104


A battery anomaly in April 2011 drove the CloudSat spacecraft into its lowest-level of fault protection. This is a story of the technical challenges of the recovery and also of the human aspects of a long, protracted recovery effort. It is a story of team will-power, talent and perseverance, with the support of JPL and NASA management and not a small measure of luck. Learn how “DO-Op Rocks” became the CloudSat team mantra!


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.


Mar 24, 10:00-11:00, Introduction to NTRS Registered!

February 23rd, 2017

NTRS Registered is a database which contains the complete NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) collection. These documents are acquired by NASA’s STI Program from all the NASA centers and non-NASA sources. This database is available by registration only to U.S. Government civil servants, contractors, and grantees. Come learn about this valuable resource which provides access to over 1.3 million full text documents and external links. Types of information you will find include: technical reports, conference and meeting papers, journal articles, patents, contractor and grantee reports, images, and technical videos. This session will help you navigate the interface, conduct a search, and save searches. You will understand why you should register for NTRS-Registered rather than rely on the NTRS which only has publicly available content.

Access to the NTRS Registered is only available through the NASA Application Management System (NAMS) and requires you to have an established NASA Agency User Identity (AUID) and a NASA Launchpad password in the NASA Identity Management and Account Exchange (IdMAX) system.

Easter Digangi, Outreach Specialist from NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program will present this session through WebEx. You can attend the session from your office. You can also come to the Hub (111-104) to watch the session with your colleagues, JPL Library staff will be on hand for additional questions.

For WebEX:

Call into the meeting for audio: 1-844-467-6272, Passcode 583417

Meeting number: 994 923 582

Meeting password: bSePfX$2

Mar 21, 11:30-12:30, JPL Family/Children Benefits

February 23rd, 2017

Check back for more details.

Mar 7, 11:30-12:30, Communication at Your Fingertips

February 23rd, 2017

Sending a Lab-wide e-mail? Need social media guid­ance? Seeking a PowerPoint presentation template? Looking for outreach handouts? Help is just a click away.

The new website, located at outlines features and services of the Communications and Education Direc­torate (18x).

The site clearly explains the gamut of communications and identity materials available for both internal and external audiences. It is configured for use on desktop com­puters as well as all mobile devices.

The services offered by the directorate’s offices for in­stitutional communications, television operations, public services, education, public engagement, media relations, and visualization technology and applications develop­ment are outlined.

Most importantly, it provides guidelines for consistency and usage tips for all documents, websites, applications and e-mail.

Join Jon Nelson, Manager of Online Publishing in Institutional Communications, and learn how JPL has developed a new standardized look, how and when to use it and where to find the templates and usage guidelines.