Library News, Research Tips, and Much More!

August 18, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

What’s new for Fall 2015 @ the Library

Welcome back!

While you have been away this summer library faculty and staff have new seating 1been busy working on many projects both inside and outside of the Library.  Here’s what we’ve been up to.

In the Library we continually review and evaluate the print collections to ensure materials are relevant, updated, and accessible. One of the benefits of this effort is that we’ve been able to open up space and add new seating for students.  These seats and more will be filled come next week.  It’s a little change that took a lot of effort but the pay off has been well worth it.

As part of our ongoing process of continuous improvement of services and facilities we’ve relocated our service desks this summer.  The Circulation desk and its functions are now consolidated on the 2nd (main) floor while the Reference desk has moved to the 3rd floor to put the librarians closer to the resources they use.

Throughout it all we’ve been planning and developing some exciting new projects for Native Hawaiian students, working to extend our collaborations across the campus and throughout the UH system, and developing a community outreach program targeting keiki in the community.   To learn more about these projects, please read on.

Hawaiʻi-Pacific Resource Room:  In Fall 2015, the Library will debut the Hawaiʻi Pacific Resource Room, located in LC 203 (formerly the Reference, Research & Reading Room). Read more…

Keiki Reading Program:  To expand outreach to elementary schools in our community and build valuable relationships with various departments on campus, the Leeward CC Library will be debuting a Keiki Reading Program in November 2015.  Read more…

Open Educational Resources Initiative:  A May 2015 survey of OERnearly 1,000 Leeward students found that 55% have NOT purchased a textbook due to cost and 58% use textbooks costs in their decision to register for classes.   Read more…

Seed Share:  The Library is excited to unveil their new collection of FREE SEEDS for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons!  Read more…

Collaboration Mapping Project:  Leah Gazan and Natalie Kahn are exploring the use of data visualization software and platforms to highlight the Library’s existing cross-campus relationships and help identify new opportunities for collaboration.  Read more…

New E-resources:  A 52,000 title ebook collection and an interactive learning platform which guides students through the research process and helps them complete research paper assignments.  Read more…

New Library website in development:  Over the Spring and Summer, we AVS close uphave been working diligently to plan the information architecture of our future website, familiarize ourselves with the capabilities of the new platform, and to bring our vision to life.  Read more…

New Pay-for-Print System:  A new system for printing in the Library and Learning Commons will be installed by the start of the academic year.  Students will release print jobs by scanning their Leeward ID card which will be linked to individual print/copy accounts.  A self-service kiosk for adding value to accounts will be available.  


August 17, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Call for Course Reserves!

It’s that time again! Course Reserves are a great way to provide students with priority access to an item that belongs to either you or the Library. You can specify if you’d like the item to have a same-day loan period (3 hours) or a 3-day loan period.

More information about Course Reserves can be found here and you can submit items for Course Reserve here.

August 17, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Support KiMOBEAN, our campus coffee shop!

KiMOBEAN will soon be re-opening their doors and offering a wonderful selection of coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods, and acai bowls. They will operate on the following schedule starting Mon, 8/24:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – 7:00pm

Friday: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Don’t forget to bring your Leeward CC fac/staff ID for a 10% discount…Enjoy!

July 20, 2015
by Ralph Toyama

Mobile-Friendly Databases and E-Resources

We periodically review our research databases and e-resources to see which ones offer mobile-friendly interfaces. These are listed on our mobile website at under the “Research Tools and E-Publications” link.

To qualify for this list, a database has to present a complete or nearly-complete mobile experience, with the search screen, results list screen, and the article or record display all formatted for mobile devices.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Credo Reference
  • EBSCOhost Research Databases
  • Encylopædia Britannica Online Academic
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Hawaiʻi Voyager Online Library Catalog
  • OneSearch
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • ProQuest Research Companion
  • Science

June 30, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Printing News

In an effort to streamline our overall printing process, we will be utilizing a new print management system. Here’s what you need to know.

This affects everyone that prints at the Library.

The new printing system (Pharos) will replace our old printing system (GoPrint).

The process will start this week and will be entirely implemented by August 14.

Actions to Take
If you’ve printed at the Library in the past using a print card, you will need to deplete the balance on that card by August 14. It costs $0.08 to print out one black/white page with the print card. We will not issue refunds for leftover funds and the card will no longer work after August 14. Please spread the word to your colleagues and students.

*Additional information about the new system and how it works will be released in the coming weeks.

June 29, 2015
by junie

Free Textbooks from OpenStax!


Want to learn about free textbooks and resources developed and peer-reviewed by educators? Join us for a special webinar and discussion on Open Educational Resources (OER) presented by the Faculty Mentoring Program at Outreach College and OpenStax College.

OpenStax College is a leader in developing no-cost quality, peer-reviewed learning materials for higher education.   The presenter will be Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director, Institutional Relations at OpenStax College, Rice University.  Sara Rutter, Open Educational Resources Librarian, Outreach College will host a discussion following the presentation. The library and EMC staff will also be on hand to answer your questions about getting started with OER for your classes.

  • Date and Time: Friday, July 10, 2015, 12 noon until 1:15 pm
  • Location: Leeward Community College, LC 108A (located on the first floor of the Learning Commons Building in EMC)
  • Registration: Please email or call 455-0680 to reserve a space

Watch a short video about OpenStax

Explore OpenStax College algebra, biology, chemistry, economics, physics, sociology, statistics textbooks

June 2, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Summer Reading Suggestions

Drop by to see the new library display, which highlights “favorite” books selected by library staff.


Staff selections (stop by to read why these books were chosen!):

Wayde – Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
Junie – Dragon Rider and The Fault in Our Stars
Jue – Thirty Years in a Red House: a memoir of childhood and youth in Communist China and Waiting
Keahiahi – A Discovery of Witches, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, and The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia
Natalie – Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, and Cook’s Illustrated
Eileen – Cannery Row
Carina – Missoula: rape and the justice system in a college town, Zen Shorts, and These Broken Stars

June 2, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Call for Summer Course Reserves!

It’s that time again! Course Reserves are a great way to provide students with priority access to an item that belongs to either you or the Library. You can specify if you’d like the item to have a same-day loan period (3 hours) or a 3-day loan period.

More information about Course Reserves can be found here and you can submit items for Summer 2015 Course Reserve here.