Library News, Research Tips, and Much More!

February 4, 2016
by Ralph Toyama

Where is the Library?


If you’re reading this, you probably already know where we are.

But if not, click on this link for Google Maps driving directions to the parking lot entrance nearest to our building. Tap on it on your smartphone for real-time navigation guidance.

The Library is in the Learning Commons building, in the middle of campus behind the flagpole. From the parking lot, look for the double sliding doors just to the left of the center of that side of the building. We’re on that level and on the floor above.

For a map of the campus and access roads, detailed driving directions for getting on campus (including the infamous sharp turn that many people miss the first time they come here), and information on getting here on the bus, see our Where We Are page on our website. There is also a mobile-optimized version of that page.

February 3, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

New Books

Please check the location of the following items, as some are on our new book cart located on the third floor, 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 you can only place hold requests on items from our General Collection.

General Collection
Buzzed: the Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson (Voyager)
The Complete Tips: Ideas for Actors: 507 Ways to Improve Your Work Now by Jon Jory (Voyager)
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi (Voyager)
GMO Food: a Reference Handbook by David E. Newton (Voyager)
I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networking and the Death of Privacy by Lori Andrews (Voyager)
Kidding Ourselves: the Hidden Power of Self-Deception by Joseph T. Hallinan (Voyager)
LGBT Youth Issues Today by David E. Newton (Voyager)
The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (Voyager)
Military Robots and Drones: a Reference Handbook by Paul J. Springer (Voyager)
The Psychology Book: from Shamanism to Cutting-Edge Neuroscience, 250 Milestones in the History of Psychology by Wade E. Pickren (Voyager)
Riveted: the Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, And Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe by Jim Davies (Voyager)
Short Stories in Spanish by John R. King (Voyager)
Steroids and Doping in Sports: a Reference Handbook by David E. Newton (Voyager)
Vaccination Controversies: a Reference Handbook by David E. Newton (Voyager)

Hawai’i-Pacific Resource Room
Arts and Crafts of Hawaii by Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter H. Buck) (Voyager)
The Hawaiian Survival Handbook by Brother Noland (Voyager)
Ka Lei Ha’aheo: Beginning Hawaiian by Alberta Pualani Hopkins (Voyager)
Ka Na’i Aupuni: Kamehameha & His Feathered Gods, Tahitian Colonies, & Sorcery by the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Naea Chun (Voyager)
Ke Ao Nani: He Puke Hua’olelo 1000 by Alohalani Housman and Eve Furchgott (Voyager)
Ke Kumu Aupuni by Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau (Voyager)
Niue 1774-1974: 200 Years of Contact and Change by Margaret Pointer (Voyager)
Pacific Art Niu Sila: the Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts by Sean Mallon & Pandora Fulimalo Periera (Voyager)

Hawaiian Pacific Collection
Articulating Rapa nui: Polynesian Cultural Politics in a Latin American Nation-State by Riet Delsing (Voyager)

Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: from Acacia to Zinnia (A-F) by Christopher Cumo (Voyager)
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: from Acacia to Zinnia (G-P) by Christopher Cumo (Voyager)
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: from Acacia to Zinnia (Q-Z) by Christopher Cumo (Voyager)

February 2, 2016
by keahiahi

Join Us For Movies and Popcorn in the Library!

This is our schedule of films we'll be showing for the month of February 2016 for our "Feature Film Fridays" series.

This is our schedule of films we’ll be showing for the month of February 2016 for our “Feature Film Fridays” series.

The Library is excited to begin our new initiative, Feature Film Fridays.  Beginning this week, the Library will screen a film every Friday at 1pm in the Group Study Rooms located on the Main Floor of the Learning Commons.  Popcorn will be provided!

Feature Film Fridays will showcase the Library’s moving image resources.  Currently, the Library subscribes to three streaming moving image databases.  To learn more about these databases, read this blog post about Ethnographic Videos Online and Films on Demand, and this other blog post about Kanopy Streaming Videos.  The Library also has a vast collection of DVDs available for students, staff, and faculty to borrow.

In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, Feature Film Fridays will kick off this Friday with Ancient Chinese Sports: A Window on Chinese History and Culture (2007). This film comes from the Films on Demand database. Where was golf invented? And soccer? And polo? Research has revealed that the answer to all three questions is China. In this 52-minute program, these and other sports—archery, acrobatics, the martial art wushu, dragon boat racing—are each set securely within the contexts of Chinese history and culture.

Other films screening this month will be:

  • February 12: Animals and Love (2015)
  • February 19: Hawaiian Voices: Bridging Past to Present (1998)
  • February 26: 12 Years a Slave (2014)

So bring a friend and join us this Friday for our first installment of Feature Film Fridays!

January 29, 2016
by Ralph Toyama

How to Link to Articles from Our Databases

Would you like to send or post a link to an article, e-book, or streaming video you found in one of our research databases?

It usually doesn’t work to simply copy the URL in your browser’s address bar as you’re viewing the article. Those URLs are often generated just for that particular viewing, and either won’t work or will only work for a short period of time if you try to send it to someone else. However, many of our databases will provide you with a stable URL that will let you link back to a particular record. For example, in an EBSCOhost database, click on the Permalink icon on the right side of the screen.

For specific instructions on how to find stable URLs in our different databases, please see the Linking to Articles, E-Books, & Videos page on our website.

This is a great way for faculty to send readings to students, because the copyright issues are already taken care of through our database contracts.

January 28, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Quality Online Streaming Videos, Part II

Today, nearly 18,000 online videos in three video collections are available at Leeward. Two weeks ago I introduced you to Kanopy, the newest collection of high-quality streaming videos available from the Library.  This week I’d like to reintroduce you to two specialized online video collections.

Ethnographic Video Online:  Volume III, Indigenous Voices

A collection of over 260 documentaries, primary source footage, and feature films from Hawaii, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.  Some notable titles include Slack Key: The Hawaiian Way, Waikiki: Riding the Waves of Change, Keepers of the Flame: The Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women, and Kumu Hina.

Films on Demand

Over 3,500 videos in two collections focusing on History and Careers & Job Search.  The brand-new search platform provides a functional and attractive interface to users. The Subject Index includes an extensive breakdown of collection titles by category.  The Library started with only two subject collections but we’re open to acquiring additional ones.  Just contact us if you like what you see but want more content in your discipline or subject area.

Please have a look at these great video resources because I think you’ll like what you see.  Feel free to share your comments or suggestions with me or any librarian.  We want to hear from you!

January 28, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

How OER is saving students money at Leeward CC

Leeward CC starts 2016 with 148 Textbook Cost: $0 classes with a combined enrollment of 2,643 students.   Estimated cost savings for students this semester is $131,334.

A Textbook Cost: $0 designation means that an instructor does not require students in their class to purchase textbooks, supplemental course materials, or access codes.  Faculty teaching a Textbook Cost: $0 class incorporate Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other freely available materials to replace costly commercial textbooks.  Leeward CC faculty use OpenStax and other OERs, library-purchased e-books and streaming videos, faculty-authored materials, and a variety of open web resources to use the Textbook Cost: $0 designation.

The money Leeward CC students are saving through the Textbook Cost: $0 program reduces the overall cost of their education. Students can immediately apply any cost savings towards their living expenses and it reduces the need for part-time jobs or having to work more hours.  Students can even use the savings to help pay for additional classes which potentially reduces time to completion.

Since Leeward CC faculty started replacing commercial textbooks with OERs and zero-cost resources students have saved nearly $300,000!

Leeward CC Textbook Cost: $0 Classes

Leeward CC Student Testimonials and Survey Results

Open Educational Resources @ Leeward CC website

January 26, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Veterans’ Resource Center — Spring Lecture Series

Do your part to understand your Veteran students by attending one of the VRC lectures, which will be held the first Thursday of each month from 3-4:30pm in Kapunawai, the Library’s Hawai’i-Pacific Resource Room. vrc-lectureseries

For more information please call Nadine Shigezawa, Ph.D. at 594-8039 in the Veterans Resource Center BS-103

January 21, 2016
by juewang

Trial Safari Tech Books Online

logoPlease trial Safari Tech Books Online. The collection includes many books about programming, networking, digital media, mobile application, web design, and computer security. Some faculty instructors gave positive feedback when we had a trial for the same collection last time. The trial will end Feb. 17, 2016.

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang ( The library will make a decision based on your feedback.

January 19, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Quality online streaming videos available

kanopyKanopy is a new video streaming resource providing thousands of high-quality full-length films and documentaries to students, faculty, and staff at Leeward.  This month Kanopy is featuring a Spotlight on African-American Filmmakers and Artists.

Kanopy offers a new acquisition model for library purchasing of video resources. Instead of paying for individuals titles outright, Kanopy gives us access to their entire video library of over 13,000 titles.  The Library pays for only titles which trigger a purchase; a purchase is triggered upon the 4th viewing. After purchase the video is available for one year with unlimited access.

Try Kanopy at


  • Huge selection of high quality, full-length videos
  • Attractive, user-friendly interface
  • Free of ads and other distractions
  • Create custom playlists and film clips
  • Majority of videos are close captioned (captions for others available upon request)
  • Accessible to all Pearl City, Waianae, and Distance Education classes
  • DVD players not required
  • Videos can be viewed outside of class time
  • We only pay for what will be viewed

The Library has set aside enough funds to cover the purchase of 32 titles for FY2015-16.  Purchases are automatically triggered upon the 4th viewing. If you find a title you plan to use for class, please let us know and we will make the purchase immediately to guarantee its availability. Remember, titles are available for one full calendar year from the trigger date or the date of purchase.

Try Kanopy at

Contact Wayde Oshiro,, or Jue Wang,, for more information or to request a purchase.

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