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September 27, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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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”).

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September 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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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 http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/college-tuition-and-fees-increase-63-percent-since-january-2006.htm

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

September 14, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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ABI-INFORM Complete for Business Research

ABI-INFORM Complete is the key online resource for business research today.  Find important business journals, newspapers, trade publications, and market reports in full-text.  The recent addition of ABI-INFORM to the library’s collection of online research databases bridges a long-standing gap in our subject coverage.

  • Business
  • Economic conditions
  • Corporate strategies
  • Management theory
  • Management techniques
  • Business trends
  • Competitive landscape and product information
  • Accounting
  • Finance

Contact a librarian to show you what this resource offers, to schedule a in-class session for your students, or to discuss your resource needs.

  • Our subject liaison for Business is Junie Hayashi, junie@hawaii.edu.

ABI-INFORM provides

Key ongoing full-text journals including:

  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Economic Literature
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Organization Science
  • Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • American Economic Review
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • MIT Sloan Management Review
  • China Quarterly
  • Review of Accounting Studies

Key ongoing full-text periodicals including:

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • The Economist
  • Fast Company
  • Financial Times
  • Maclean’s
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Women’s Wear Daily (WWD)

Key ongoing full-text analyses including market and industry reports from:

  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Hoovers/Dunn and Bradstreet
  • Business Monitor International
  • Oxford Analytica
  • Oxford Economic Forecasting
  • Emerging Markets Direct
  • Experian
  • Euromonitor
  • Acquisdata

Contact Wayde Oshiro, waydeo@hawaii.edu, with questions concerning resource acquisitions by the Library.

September 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Railroading Paradise

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 9.01.56 PMRailroading Paradise: Environmental Preservation vs. New Housing in Hawaii explores the contentious debate over transit, housing development, and Hawaii’s future through deliberations in the Sierra Club’s Hawaii Chapter Executive Committee in the run-up to the 2012 Honolulu mayoral election. Interviews with a multitude of politicians, activists, and experts representing differing viewpoints is offered. The film presents rail as the defining issue for Oahu’s economic development, sustainability, and quality of life. You’ll want to watch this regardless of which side you’re on.

Railroading Paradise is available via the Library’s Kanopy online video collection.

September 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Take Reading into Overdrive

Overdrive is the library’s newest ebook collection and quite possibly our most user-friendly and easily navigable digital platform for reading.  Unlike our other ebook platforms like ebrary, Gale Virtual Reference Library, or Safari Books, Overdrive specializes in general interest non-fiction, fiction, and bestsellers. Our small starter collection includes a variety of titles we think you’ll be interested in. More titles will be added throughout the year.   Other features include:

  • Read online or download to device
  • Kindle and EPUB eBook formats
  • 14 day loan period
  • Specialized collections

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Course Reserves Collection

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Community College Collection

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Let us know what you think.  Send your comments and requests for new titles to me at waydeo@hawaii.edu, or to Carina Chernisky at carinac@hawaii.edu

August 30, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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MobilePrint now available

The Library is happy to offer this new service, where patrons can use their personal device to upload files  to Pharos (our printing system). Once this is done, patrons can then go to any of our 4 release stations and release the print jobs. To upload documents, patrons must go to print.leeward.hawaii.edu and login with their printing credentials.

With MobilePrint you can upload documents to Pharos from your home or office or local Starbucks. Print jobs remain in the queue for 24 hours, so you will need to get to campus and release it within one day of uploading the documents.

Previously, files could only be printed if they were sent over by one of the Library’s desktop or laptop computers. Our hope is that MobilePrint will streamline the process for students using a personal device and provide relief for those trying to print during peak times, when desktops are not always available.

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August 26, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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NEW TRIAL of Statista

*Trial use has been extended!  The Library is now considering a full subscription to this resource.  Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged.  Email waydeo@hawaii.edu

The Library has acquired a two-week trial of Statista, one of the leading statistic companies on the Internet. From their website:

With a team of over 250 statisticians, database experts, analysts, and editors, Statista provides users with an innovative and intuitive tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information. The product is aimed at business clients and academics of any size.

The trial ends on October 12. Please let us know what you think of this resource by contacting us directly or by filling out this feedback form.

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Examples of what’s available in Statista:
Infographic: The Smartphone Platform War Is Over | Statista

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Find more statistics at Statista.

August 23, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Electronic Versions of Select Course Materials Available

The Library is making a concerted effort to purchase online access to course materials in line with campus efforts to make education more affordable for our students.  To view a list of available titles go to our website at www.leeward.hawaii.edu/library and select the About Course Reserves button, or click here.

The availability of online versions of titles depends on the publishers so we are unable to purchase all published titles. Online access for commercial textbooks is excluded from this service.  The traditional textbook business model relies on individual student purchases of textbooks and libraries are generally unable to purchase e-book versions for campus-wide access.  For textbooks, use our existing Course Reserves service for print materials.  Click here for more info.

When an e-book version of your title is available, unlimited access can be purchased (if it’s an option) so all students can use the book concurrently.  When unlimited access is NOT available, multiple copies will be purchased, however, providing enough online copies for ALL students to use concurrently is NOT possible. When multiple copies are purchased, the situation will be akin to our print course reserves model in which a handful of copies is available on a first come, first serve basis, but with online access.

The purchased e-books on the Course Reserves list were taken from this semester’s bookstore list.  We will also purchase additional titles upon request so please contact me to do so. Email:  waydeo@hawaii.edu

 

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