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November 17, 2015
by juewang

Ancestry Library Edition Trial


Ancestry Library Edition is a new genealogy research tool created for the library market and provides patrons instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. The trial ends December 11, 2015.

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang (

November 17, 2015
by Natalie Kahn

Finals Countdown Fall 2015!

Aloha Leeward ‘Ohana,

Finals Countdown is a joint effort by the LibraryLearning Resource Center, and Writing Center to offer students additional support during the final days of the semester.  On December 2-3, the Library and Learning Commons will remain open until 9 PM to provide students with:

  • study spaces
  • faculty-led review sessions and office hours
  • computers and printers
  • library services
  • de-stress activities and hourly prize drawings
  • a fully-stocked snack bar

In addition, the KiMOBEAN Cafe will be open until 9 PM both nights.

When is it?

  • Dates:  Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd
  • Times:  1:00-9:00 PM

How can I participate?

  • Hold a review/study session to prepare students for their final exam.  This was a popular activity in previous semesters so don’t wait to reserve a space!
  • Schedule additional office hours.  Reserve a table to meet with students individually or in small groups.
  • Reserve your review session space or table now at

What else can I do?

  • Volunteer your time.  Friendly and helpful people are needed to welcome faculty, direct faculty and students to designated areas, stock the snack bar, take headcounts, and answer questions.    Volunteer now at
  • Donate snacks/prizes for students.  We have a small budget for snacks but your donations are welcome.  We accept snack foods that are not too messy (not sticky or greasy) and don’t require refrigeration, utensils or plates to eat, as well as prizes such as Leeward swag or gift cards. Drop off your donations at the Circulation Desk.  Leave your name and email so we can acknowledge your donation.
  • Tell your students!  Help promote the Finals Countdown by telling your students about this great event.

More Info




November 9, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Thank You for Another Successful Discovery Fair!

IMG_0348 What a day! The Library hosted its annual $1 used book sale and Scholastic Book Fair during this year’s Discovery Fair on Saturday, November 7th. We also held our first crafting session in Kapunawai, which was a huge hit with children and parents! Keiki were able to make book page snowflakes, book page pinwheel ornaments, and leaf print art. Thank you to everyone who donated books and supported us by dropping by on the day of the event!


November 6, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

We need Leaves!

We need the following leaves for an event on Nov. 20: uhi, kukui, ki, hau, ʻulu, ʻuala, kalo, ʻohiʻa lehua.

Please drop them off at the Library anytime before Friday, November 20th OR call me at 455-0301 and I will come by to pick them up from you. We’re hoping to get about 200-250 leaves total.

November 2, 2015
by juewang

ABC_CLIO Database Trial



We invite faculty, staff, and students to enjoy open access to ABC_CLIO subject-specific Solutions. Each ABC-CLIO Solution includes three innovative components: a comprehensive reference library, a textbook/course companion, and multiple perspectives on key issues. The trial period will end 11/19/2015 for the following database Solutions:

American History (Academic)Database ImageAmerican History (Academic) Modern GenocideDatabase ImageModern Genocide World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (Academic)Database ImageWorld History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (Academic)
World Religion: Belief, Culture, and Controversy (Academic)Database ImageWorld Religion: Belief, Culture, and Controversy (Academic) World at War: Conflict and Society (Academic)Database ImageWorld at War: Conflict and Society (Academic) World Geography: Understanding a Changing World (Academic)Database ImageWorld Geography: Understanding a Changing World (Academic)

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang (

October 26, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Unacceptable Behavior in the Learning Commons

For the past month, certain individuals have been wreaking havoc in the Learning Commons and behaving in ways unexpected of college-level students. Examples of this unacceptable behavior:

  • Acting extremely raucous – to the point that other students complain or leave the facility
  • Playing guitars and ukuleles
  • Throwing items across the room
  • Knocking furniture over
  • Standing on top of furniture
  • Blasting music
  • Despite numerous warnings, consistently eating food items that are prohibited in the facility (Library’s Food & Drink Policy)

Library staff have been struggling to correct these individuals’ behavior and to re-establish the Learning Commons as a resource for ALL, not just for a small minority that are dominating the space and making it unwelcoming to others. Please consider discussing the problem with your students and going over the rules below. We thank you for your assistance.

For more information, please read our Acceptable Behavior Policy.


October 26, 2015
by juewang

Kanopy Streaming Videos Trial


Kanopy has a broad collection with over 26,000 films from 800 top producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, The Great Courses, etc.  Kanopy’s Patron Driven Acquisition program is a popular program. We can design our own collection, set our own budget limit, and only pay for films used heavily. If no films are used, we pay nothing. If instructors find a film that helps your teaching, the library can purchase it.

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang (


October 26, 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”.

General Collection
Art Worlds: Artists, Images, and Audiences in Late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai by Roberta Rue (Voyager)
Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea by Albert Park (Voyager)
Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos by Simon Creak (Voyager)
51qhSzAZ3FL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan by Asuka Sango (Voyager)
A Handbook of Korean Zen Practice: a Mirror on the Son School of Buddhism translated and with an introduction by John Jorgensen (Voyager)
Hokusai’s Great Wave by Christine Guth (Voyager)
Holy Ghosts: the Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction by Rebecca Suter (Voyager)
Imagining Exile in Heian: Banishment in Law, Literature, and Cult by Jonathan Stockdale (Voyager)
The Lost Territories: Thailand’s History of National Humiliation by Shane Strate (Voyager)
The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960 by Bridie Andrews with David Schwarzkopf (Voyager)
Marathon Japan: Distancing Race and Civic Culture by Thomas Havens (Voyager)51I-2QvQSPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
The Mongol Century: Visual Cultures of Yuan China 1271-1368 by Shane McCausland (Voyager)
Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power Between Burma and the West by Tamara Ho (Voyager)
Tea in China: a Religious and Cultural History by James Benn (Voyager)
To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg (Voyager)
The White Plum: a Biography of Ume Tsuda, Pioneer of Women’s Higher Education in Japan by Yoshiko Furuki (Voyager)
Women Pre-Scripted: Forging Modern Roles through Korean Print by Ji-Iun Lee (Voyager)

Bestsellers Collection
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson (Voyager)
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (Voyager)
51zlMF2ZtZL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb (Voyager)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Voyager)
–The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Voyager)
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Voyager)
–The Murder House by David Ellis (Voyager)
The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Voyager)
The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert (Voyager)
Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Voyager)

October 19, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

Impact of Open Textbooks on Learning Outcomes

JCHEA recently published study analyzed the impact of open textbooks vs. traditional commercial textbooks on the learning outcomes of 16,727 college students at four universities and six community colleges.

The study, “A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students”¹ published in the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, looked at five measures of student success:  course completion, passing grade of C- or better, course grade, credits enrolled, and credits enrolled in the following semester.   The sample group included 4,909 students enrolled in courses using OER only and 11,818 students enrolled in courses using commercial textbooks only.

The study found that in the key measures of course completion, passing grade of C- or better, and course grade, students in the courses using OER performed as well or better than students in courses using commercial textbooks.  In the key measures for enrollment intensity, the study found that students in the OER courses “enrolled in a significantly higher number of credits in the next semester.”  The authors speculate that this is due to the OER cost savings since “funds saved on textbooks can be applied directly to enrollment in additional courses.”

This is the largest study to date exploring the the impact of OER on student outcomes in terms of access and affordability.  According to the authors, the study “demonstrates that at least one non-instructional design option exists that can effectively improve student outcomes.”

¹Fischer, L., Hilton III, J., Robinson, T.J., Wiley, D.A. (2015). A multi-dimensional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education.  Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s12528-015-9101-x

October 16, 2015
by Natalie Kahn

Free Seeds Available – Leeward Library Seed Share!

Leeward CC Library’s newest collection provides FREE SEEDS for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons! The seeds have been propagated here on campus and are ideal for planting in our area at this time of year. Our hope is that the Seed Share collaboration between the library, campus agriculture, and class curriculum will inspire and enable our Leeward ‘Ohana to grow plants locally and share seeds and information with others to support a more sustainable food system.


 This week, the library teamed up with the Leeward CC Living Lab and Hawaii Horticulture & Nutrition class for a seed party, where students processed and packaged thousands of seeds collected in the Living Lab that had been cleaned and dried during class time. Library staff will maintain the seed collection, create packaging and labeling, and keep a libguide with seed propagating resources, including books and online tools to help support seed share participants.

Fall 2015 seeds – Available NOW: orange cosmo flowers, yellow, orange, and yellow & orange mixed marigold flowers, ‘koba’ green onion, cilantro, ‘selma suns’ sunflower (and more to come in November!)