Library News, Research Tips, and Much More!

March 3, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

New Books

Please check the location of the following items, as some are on our new book cart in the Reference, Research, and Reading Room, in a display case, or have already been placed in the stacks.   The titles can be “held” via Voyager (click on the link below and follow these directions). Please note that titles from our Bestsellers or Reference Collection cannot be “held”.

51l3pIz356L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_General Collection
–Encountering Modernity: Christianity in East Asia and Asian America by Albert L. Park and David K. Yoo (Voyager)
–Scrutinized: Surveillance in Asian North American Literature by Monica Chiu (Voyager)
–Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Voyager)

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
–Hawaiians of Old: Na Kanaka Maoli O Ka Wa Kahiko by Betty Dunford (Voyager)
–No Makou Ka Mana: Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Voyager)

Reference Collection
–The Hawaiian Monarchy by Allan Seiden (Voyager)

March 3, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

New Student PIRGS report on open textbooks

A recently released report by the Student PIRGS, “Open Textbooks:  The Billion Dollar Solution,” examines the potential savings for students when faculty move to open textbooks.  By analyzing five pilot projects around the country, the researchers determined that a student saves $128 when a course uses an open textbook instead of a traditional publisher’s textbook.  The institutions included in this study were UMass Amherst, Kansas State University, Tacoma Community College, University of Kansas, and University of Maryland.

The open textbook and open educational resources movement is gaining momentum around the country.  Outreach College is leading the initiative at UHM with over 50 “zero textbook cost” courses on the summer session schedule.  The Library and the EMC at Leeward are working with faculty in several divisions to identify quality OER and turn their courses into “zero textbook cost” courses.  See OER@Leeward for more info.

February 24, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

New Books

Please check the location of the following items, as some are on our new book cart in the Reference, Research, and Reading Room, in a display case, or have already been placed in the stacks.   The titles can be “held” via Voyager (click on the link below and follow these directions). Please note that titles from our Bestseller’s Collection cannot be “held”.

General Collection
Balinese Food: the Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali by Vivienne Kruger (Voyager)
Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain by Matthew Carr (Voyager)
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan (Voyager)
tumblr_mxcgoszDsw1qz6gheo1_500–Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of the Creative Revolution: from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin (Voyager)
Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrr: Plants of the Bible and the Quran by Lytton John Musselman (Voyager)
Frankenfoods: Controversy, Lies, and Health Risks by Michael Wald (Voyager)
The Future of God: a Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times by Deepak Chopra (Voyager)
The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know About the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber (Voyager)
510xXtbBvdL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_–The Meaty Truth: Why Our Food is Destroying our Health and Environment–and Who Is Responsible by Shushana Castle (Voyager)
The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself – The Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuk (Voyager)
The Reef: A Passionate History by Iain McCalman (Voyager)
Say This, Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Interpersonal Communication by Carl Alasko (Voyager)
The Small Food Garden: Growing Organic Fruit and Vegetables at Home by Diana Anthony (Voyager)
Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World by Jeff Madrick (Voyager)

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
African Americans in Hawaii by D. Molentia Guttman (Voyager)
51hh5t-GGoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_–Call me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea by Susan Scott (Voyager)
Hawai’i’s Animals: Do the Most Amazing Things by Marion Coste (Voyager)
The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook: Fresh Island Products from A to Z by Joan Namkoong and Hayley Matson-Mathes (Voyager)
How Hawai’i Changed America by Tom Coffman (Voyager)
Manoa Stream poems by Ann Inoshita (Voyager)
Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai’i’s Kusuma Cooray by Kusuma Cooray (Voyager)
Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania by Diana Looser (Voyager)
Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850 by Bronwen Douglas (Voyager)
A Splash of Aloha: A Healthy Guide to Fresh Hawaiian Seafood by Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawai’i (Voyager)

Bestsellers Collection
All Fall Down: Book One of Embassy Row by Ally Carter (Voyager)
The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory –Symptoms and Diseases by Amy Myers (Voyager)51akGWxnrVL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger (Voyager)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Voyager)
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel (Voyager)
Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner (Voyager)
Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains by Susan Greenfield (Voyager)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Voyager)
Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: a True Story by Hubert Wolf (Voyager)
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt (Voyager)

February 11, 2015
by Ralph Toyama

The Library Back-Up Website

For the rare occasion when a technical problem makes the library website unavailable, we have a back-up website on an off-campus server. It has links to the special research databases and online information resources that the library subscribes to.

Visit and bookmark the page at , or do an Internet search for “leeward library backup”.

February 3, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Libguide on GMOs.

Are you interested in GMOs and the resources offered by the Library that cover the topic? Do you assign work to your students about GMOs? If so, this handy guide is for you! In it, you’ll find relevant books & DVDs at Leeward CC and throughout the UH-system, ebooks that can be read from any computer with an Internet connection, and online databases that will provide you with a multitude of articles about GMOs.

Check it out yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 7.29.43 AM

Libguides are a fantastic resource for you and your students. If you’d like a Libguide to be made for your class or on a particular topic, please email

January 23, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Fri,1/30: Early Closure at the Library

The Library and KiMOBEAN will be closing at 2:30 pm (instead of 3:30 pm) on Friday, January 30th so that staff can attend a Crisis Prevention Training session. The Writing Center will remain accessible via the Pearl Harbor entrance until 3:00 pm. Please plan accordingly and notify your students. We apologize for any inconvenience.

January 16, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

New Bestsellers

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen (Voyager)
Derek Jeter: Jeter Unfiltered by Derek Jeter with Anthony Bozza (Voyager)
The Escape by David Baldacci (Voyager)



Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Voyager)
*Best Books of 2014-NPR
*Amazon Editors’ Pick for the Best Books of 2014



In the Blood by Lisa Unger (Voyager)
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: the Untold Story by Barbara Leaming (Voyager)
The Job: a Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Voyager)
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Voyager)

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters (Voyager)
*Best Books of 2014 – NPR
*The Ten Best Books of 2014- The Washington Post
*Amazon Editors’ Pick for the Best Books of 2014


Revival by Stephen King (Voyager)



The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: a Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs (Voyager)
*Best Books of 2014, According to O Magazine


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Voyager)StationElevenHCUS2
*Best Books of 2014-NPR
*The Ten Best Books of 2014- The Washington Post
*Amazon Editors’ Pick for the Best Books of 2014
*Best Books of 2014, According to O Magazine


There Was a Little Girl: the Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields (Voyager)
These Broken Stars by Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Voyager)
This Shattered World by Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Voyager)
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye (Voyager)
Yes, Please by Amy Poelher (Voyager)

January 15, 2015
by Natalie Kahn

How to Avoid Library Fines & Fees



Help! Manuheleku has three books that will be overdue tomorrow, but he will not be on campus until next week! What to do? Renew!


  1. You can renew most items online through your “My Account” page in Voyager
    or under “My Tools” tab in your UH Portal
  2. You can come in to the library and renew your items at the 2nd or 3rd floor Circulation Desk
  3. You can call Circulation at 455-0210 or 455-0681, and we can renew the items for you

Additional info about UH Library fines & fees can be found here



Image credit: Library Journal