Library News and Much More!

October 20, 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.   Titles from our General Collection can be “held” via Voyager (click on the link below and follow these directions). If an e-book from Overdrive is already checked out, you can place a hold on it so that it’s available to you when it’s returned.

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Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David (Voyager)
Dead Last: a Novel by James W. Hall (Voyager)
Embedded Racism: Japan’s Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination by Debito Arudou (Voyager)
End of Watch: a Novel by Stephen King (Voyager)
pid_23819Extreme Prey by John Sandford (Voyager)
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Voyager)
The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race by Anthony Christian Ocampo (Voyager)
Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: a Clearer Path to Student Success by Thomas R. Bailey, Shnna Smith Jaggars, and Davis Jenkings (Voyager)
Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall (Voyager)

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawaii During World War II by Harry N. Scheiber and Jane L. Scheiber (Voyager)51mnj6slvkl
Maui: a History by Cummins E. Speakman Jr. and update by Jill Engledow (Voyager)
Murder Frames the Scene: a Hawaii Mystery by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl (Voyager)
Picture Bride Stories by Barbara F. Kawakami (Voyager)
The Story of Lanai by George C. Munro (Voyager)
Te Matau a Maui: Fish-hooks, Fishing, and Fisheries in New Zealand by Chris Paulin with Mark Fenwick (Voyager)

9780345534187_custom-16549d50e9c82f945b3f8de3d84f5aa55778c9d0-s400-c85Overdrive Collection (e-books)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (access)
Circling the Sun: a Novel by Paula McLain (access)
College Rules: How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh (access)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (access)9781771642484
The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate by Peter Wohlleben (access)
The Hunting Ground: the Inside Story of Sexual Assaults on American College Campuses by Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, and Constance Matthiessen (access)
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (access)
The Sympathizer: a Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen (access)

October 14, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Flipster Digital Magazines

Flipster is the Library’s new online newsstand for popular magazines. We’re starting with 22 37 titles and more are on the way. Let us know which titles you’d like us to consider by submitting your request here.

Find the Flipster carousel on our website at For offline reading download the Flipster mobile app available in the Apple and Google Play stores.


October 13, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Big Library Read: This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Cover of Big Library Read book, This is Where it EndsThe Big Library Read is a global book reading event taking place October 13-27.  This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp explores the impact of a school shooting as it takes place at a fictional high school.  Learn more about the book and the Big Library Read here.  This is Where it Ends will be available with unlimited access for the next two weeks.

The organizer of the Big Library Read is Overdrive.  Overdrive is the leading provider of fiction and non-fiction e-books for libraries. Check out Leeward’s growing collection of titles at

October 11, 2016
by junie

Copyright, Intellectual Property, Creative Commons & Fair Use Presentation



Help us celebrate International Open Access Week, October 24 – 30, 2016! On October 25th from 10:30 – 11:30 am, we would like to invite you to attend a UH Manoa sponsored panel discussion on Copyright, Intellectual Property, Creative Commons & Fair Use via HITS in LC 108B. Topics include:

  • Key points to consider when using Open Access materials or creating your own;
  • Copyright maximalism in the information age;
  • Creative Commons licenses, including examples in our everyday lives; and
  • Four factors of the Fair Use doctrine and how to apply them.


Brian Huffman, Electronic Services Librarian and teaches Scholarly Research at William S. Richardson School of Law.

Debora Halbert, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the author of The State of Copyright, the co-edited Handbook of Intellectual Property.

Billy Meinke, OER Technologist for the UHM Outreach College; formerly at Creative Commons, specializing in education applications of their open licenses.

Peter Shirts, Music & Audiovisual Librarian, Acting Head of Sinclair Library & the Wong Audiovisual Center.

Please join us to learn more about copyright issues and how they can affect you! Seating is limited so please email if you plan to attend. Thank you!

October 6, 2016
by Natalie Kahn

Learning Commons Update

Aloha all,

Last October, our head librarian sent out an email asking for your help in addressing problems related to unacceptable behavior in the Learning Commons (LC). Many members of our faculty & staff responded with suggestions and words of encouragement, which we considered along with input from student and community patrons, administrators, and friends from other libraries and learning commons’. Things have really improved in the LC since last fall, so we wanted to share an update to thank you for your help, and hopefully, to share our strategies, as they may be useful to others having similar difficulties with conduct or behavior.

In October 2015, we began keeping records of incidents that occurred after a student received a verbal warning. The results are significant. Number of records:

  • Fall 2015: 116
  • Spring 2016: 64
  • Fall 2016: 4

How did we do it? We decided to combat the issue by changing the physical environment to better support teaching and learning and creating a new protocol for handling misconduct in the LC.

Physical Changes: The librarians worked over the summer sessions to consolidate the Reference Collection, so that we could remove three book ranges and create a reading space on the 3rd floor by moving seating from the loud and over-crowded 2nd floor common area. We have also designated a quiet study area on the 3rd floor, added partitions to group tables and computer stations, and added charging stations and power strips to attract more patrons upstairs. More patrons upstairs and fewer downstairs have helped reduce the noise problem. Improved signage was also added on tables, in individual study carrels, study rooms, and computer stations to designate appropriate volume and food & drink policy for that specific area.


Protocol Changes: We knew that verbal warnings alone were not effective, but we did not want to subject students to a potential campus ban for things like playing ukulele inside or eating a sandwich at a computer. Therefore, we worked with administrators to outline how we can use the Student Conduct Code effectively, by involving the head librarian and deans of academic services and student services who were willing to speak with patrons with behavior problems, and potentially prescribe sanctions, such as removal from the LC for the day or even volunteering at the library, in order to curb the behavior without threatening their success in school. No such sanctions have been made to date, but this additional support has made a larger impact on patrons than previous warnings from library staff.

Thank you again for your creative ideas, recommendations, and most of all, your support. If you haven’t yet visited us this semester, please feel free to come by and check out our new and improved Leeward Library and Learning Commons!

October 3, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

NEW TRIAL for PrepSTEP: A College Skills Learning Platform


PrepSTEP is an online learning platform designed to help students build the skills they need to succeed in college.  Core modules contain self-guided online tutorials, e-books, quizzes, and videos covering,

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Core English Skills Review
  • Core Math and Science Skills Review
  • Placement Test Preparation
  • Career and Workplace Preparation
  • College Success Skills
  • And more…

The Library has initiated a 30 day trial for you to explore this platform.  The trial expires on October 26th.

A username and password is required to access the trial account. You are free to test drive all the features in PrepSTEP but be aware that everything is shared and nothing will be saved once the trial ends.

To begin, click this link:

  • User Name:
  • Password:     password

IMPORTANT:  The trial account is shared.  DO NOT edit the user name or password at any time as this will make PrepSTEP inaccessible to the rest of the campus.

After you’ve had a chance to explore PrepSTEP, please take a few minutes to complete our feedback form. Your feedback will be considered in the Library’s resource acquisition decision-making process.  Submit your feedback here.PrepStep flyerPrepStep flyer

September 27, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Banned Books Week 2016: Defend Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is upon us! Censorship affects all of us and is an issue that continues to exist today. Educate yourself on the issues and remain aware.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the Library will be hosting short readings from challenged/banned books every day this week at 1 pm in the Learning Commons general seating area. We hope to see you there.

In America, the top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Read it as an e-book via Overdrive.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).


September 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Textbook Prices Up 88 Percent

Textbook costs continue to rise faster than overall college costs.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items. Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.

The student cost for an Open Educational Resources textbook?  $0

An interactive graph is available at

Bureau of Labor statistics chart showing 88 percent increase in college textbook costs since 2006

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