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October 20, 2014
by Wayde Oshiro
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Database Makeover: Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Gale/Cengage Learning’s Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online is not a new resource at the library but it has recently emerged from a major update with an entirely new look for 2014.

What is Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online?

The DLB Complete Online is literally the comprehensive online resource for “critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures.”  DLB Complete Online includes three Gale literary series:  Dictionary of Literary Biography (vols. 1-348), Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series (50 vols.) and Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (23 vols.).  Search over 400 volumes for 12,000 biographies and literary criticisms for thousands of authors.  Students can use DLB Complete Online to follow the development of an author’s catalog  and understand their place in literary history.

What’s new in Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online?DLB_term cluster

  • Improved and simplified search interface
  • Term Results track search terms over time and see trends visually
  • Term Clusters identify central themes and topics related to search terms

Take another look at this overlooked resource which recently got a whole lot better.  What’s old is new again!

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Contact Wayde Oshiro, waydeo@hawaii.edu, or Jue Wang, juewang@hawaii.edu, for more information.

October 13, 2014
by Wayde Oshiro
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Survey of User Satisfaction with UH Library Systems

The UH system libraries are collectively surveying user satisfaction with our integrated library systems over the next two weeks, October 13-24.   The library systems included in the survey are the Voyager library catalog, OneSearch discovery tool, and SFX link resolver.

Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions about the user interfaces and full text article linking capabilities of our systems.  As chair of the committee charged with conducting this year-long systems review, I can assure you that your feedback is valued and will be used in the final report we submit to the UH Library Council next spring. This report will serve as a guide for the Library Council in its technology resources decision-making for all UH system libraries.

Take survey at:  http://goo.gl/qC6M0J

You will be asked for your UH Web Login to access the survey but your responses are anonymous.  No personal data will be collected.

Students are encouraged to take this survey, too.  A link to the survey is also found at the library’s homepage:  www.leeward.hawaii.edu/lib

Please contact me at x378 or waydeo@hawaii.edu if you have any questions.

Mahalo for your support!

October 13, 2014
by Wayde Oshiro
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Try JSTOR for a limited time only

JSTOR

The Library has a trial subscription to the JSTOR digital journal archives until October 24.

JSTOR provides full text articles to back issues of core scholarly journals.  All titles in JSTOR begin from the first issue and extend up to a publication date of 3-5 years ago. Issues are added on an ongoing basis, however, current issues are never available in JSTOR since its defining mission is to serve as a permanent, accessible and complete archival record of journals.

JSTOR at the community college level exposes students to an important resource that they will encounter at four-year institutions.  It provide access to academic research not accessible through our current subscription databases.  JSTOR can bridge the gap in our journal holdings.

JSTOR offers nearly 30 Arts & Sciences and Life Sciences collections.  Take advantage of this free trial and tell us if you like what you see by giving us feedback.  See our database trials page for more resources we’re checking out!

Botanists, plant biologists and horticulturalists:

The Global Plant Initiative from JSTOR offers 2 million high resolution plant type specimens from hundreds of herbaria around the world.  Let us know if you want to arrange a trial of this unique resource.

Contact Wayde Oshiro, waydeo@hawaii.edu, or Jue Wang, juewang@hawaii.edu, for more info.

October 6, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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Leah Gazan, Instruction Librarian

Leah GazanWe welcome back Leah Gazan, our new Instruction Librarian. As many of you remember, Leah previously worked with us in a causal hire position from October 2013 through February 2014, so we are elated to have her on-board permanently!

Leah obtained her B.A. in Psychology from UH-Manoa and continued on to earn her MLISc (Master’s in Library & Information Science). She has substantial experience in the Library field, as she spent 7 years working at the Health Sciences Library of the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Leah can be reached at (808)455-0673 or lgazan@hawaii.edu.

Leah, what do you hope to accomplish at Leeward CC?

I am thrilled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to be working with everyone in the Library again.

As a casual hire, it was exciting to work at a Library that has such a strong relationship with the students, and staff and faculty from different departments on campus, and I’d like to continue to develop and strengthen these relationships.  I also look forward to working with Library staff on designing instruction sessions that continue to inform and engage, and I am very excited about exploring new assessment practices that will help us improve our information literacy program.

We are excited at all she’s sure to accomplish here at Leeward CC. Here’s to you, Leah!

October 5, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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Call for Book Donations! Contribute to our $1 Used-Book Sale!

Everyone loves Clifford!!

Everyone loves Clifford!!

If you have gently-used books that you’d like to donate to the Leeward CC Library, please bring it to the Library’s Circulation Desk before October 31st (Halloween!). The donated books will be used in our $1 used-book sale; we will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair. Both events are a part of the Leeward CC’s annual Discovery Fair, which will be held on Sat., Nov. 1st, and we hope to see you there!

Call us at 455-0210 if you have any questions.

October 5, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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School Pride: Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa included in Ulukau

Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, the Leeward CC Native Hawaiian Writing and Art website, is featured as a resource in Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library. The purpose of Ulukau, according to its website, is to “make these resources available for the use, teaching, and revitalization of the Hawaiian language and for a broader and deeper understanding of Hawaiʻi.” Pat Kamalani Hurley, Leeward CC professor and editor of Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, is thrilled at the website’s inclusion as a “special feature/Noiʻi Nowelo” as it’s a fantastic way to not only promote writing and art about anything-Hawaii, but it also showcases the hard work of our students, faculty, and other contributors throughout community. According to Hurley, “most of the works [featured on the website] are by students, faculty, and community members who aren’t professional artists and writers. Our kuleana is to provide a creative space for our community to tell our stories in whatever form these stories — mele, photos, poetry — take.”

Congratulations to Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, as they continue to accomplish great feats.

Ulukau

October 2, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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Second Stage of Art Installation

The Library just received our last installation of art courtesy of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the ArtsArt in Public Places” program. Take a look at these stunning pieces!

October 2, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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Here’s to Good Health!

There’s never a bad time to talk about health! With all the recent health scares, the anti-GMO movement, and the newfound interest in organic farming, I want to highlight the vast realm of resources offered on these topics at the Leeward CC Library. It’s important for all of us to stay abreast of what it is we’re putting into our bodies…and about the pandemics that may one day reach us.

And if you’re interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while supporting local farms, contact me at 455-0301 or carinac@hawaii.edu to learn more about Oahu Fresh, a program that some Leeward CC employees already utilize and enjoy.

Fun fact: it’s Vegetarian Awareness Month!

September 30, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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Reading Club

readingclubThe Library is proud to host the Reading Club, which meets every Wednesday from 1:15-2:15 in our Reference, Research, and Reading Room. Led by Tricia Tolentino, of UH Manoa’s Center on Disability Studies, the group is meant to be a safe place where students can discuss each week’s book and learn from one another. There will be no quizzes, fees, or grades. Snacks are offered and the book will be provided to attendees. If you think any of your students may benefit from such a group, please relay this information to them. The first meeting will begin tomorrow, October 1.

Space is limited, so contact Tricia at triciato@hawaii.edu or (808)358-4858 to reserve your space!

September 29, 2014
by Wayde Oshiro
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New Resource: History Video Collection

Nearly 2,600 streaming videos on historical topics are now available in our new Films on Demand Digital Educational Video collection. Producers include American Experience, BBC, Cambridge Educational, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Frontline, History Channel, Ken Burns, National Geographic, NBC News, NOVA, PBS, Empires, and The Open University.

Benefits of using Films on Demand History Collection videos in your courses:

In addition to the History Collection, we have a Careers & Job Search Collection to choose from.  Let us know if you are interested in additional subject collections by contacting your subject area librarian.

History Liaison:  Wayde Oshiro, x378 or waydeo@hawaii.edu