Library News, Research Tips, and Much More!

March 27, 2015
by junie

Service: When Women Come Marching Home

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Library and Veterans Resource Center will feature a documentary that portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. From the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee, from Iraq to New York City, we watch these women wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma.

We will also have a special guest speaker who will share her personal experience as a veteran.

Please come and spend your lunch with us. A light lunch and refreshments will be served!

Date: TUESDAY, March 31, 2015

Time: 12 noon – 2:00 pm

Place: GT-105.

March 17, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

New 52,000 title ebook collection available

Leeward CC students, faculty, and staff can now access a new collection of ebooks specifically developed for the needs of community colleges.  The EBSCOHost eBook Community College College Collection is a

“multidisciplinary collection contain[ing] more than 52,000 titles, including over 4,100 Workforce Development titles from notable publishers including, Packt Publishing, Emereo and Charles C Thomas Publishers. Content within the collection covers topics across programs and fields of study in key subject areas such as the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Science & Technology, and Literary Criticism.

The complexity of the information available in this collection varies from introductory/basic content to higher-level content, providing students with a range of information to meet their needs as they develop in their area(s) of study.”

To access this collection, go to the Library’s homepage and select EBSCOHost under ResearchScreen Shot 2015-03-17 at 6.31.10 AM Tools.  Then choose eBook Collections.  Contact a librarian to learn more about this new resource.

The addition of the Community College Collection brings the total number of ebooks available through the Library to 161,000 unique titles. These electronic collections have been acquired to support the research needs of our Pearl City, Waianae, and distance education students.

Other Library ebook collections include ebrary, Credo Reference, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Capstone Interactive Library. Refer to our Research Tools page to access these collections.

For more info contact Jue Wang or Wayde Oshiro.

March 16, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Soledad Lencinas, Library Intern

IMG_0721The Library is happy to introduce our newest intern, Soledad Lencinas, a graduate student at UH-Manoa. Soledad has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Montclair State University, and is currently working towards her Master’s in Library & Information Science from UH-Manoa. She hopes to earn her degree in 2016. Soledad is interested in all aspects of librarianship, and many of you may have had the pleasure of having her assist with library instruction for your students. Soledad will be interning with the Leeward CC Library throughout the duration of the Spring 2015 semester.

Soledad can be reached at

Soledad, what do you hope to accomplish during your time here at Leeward CC?

I am very pleased to be doing an internship at Leeward Community College library this semester. I am thankful for having the opportunity to work at a library that is so genuinely committed to its community.
As a library intern, I look forward to helping the library maintain that commitment to the Leeward CC community by working with staff members to improve library services for faculty and students. Also, I wish to help students and faculty meet their information needs by connecting them with resources they need to succeed in their academic endeavors.

March 3, 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”.

51l3pIz356L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_General Collection
–Encountering Modernity: Christianity in East Asia and Asian America by Albert L. Park and David K. Yoo (Voyager)
–Scrutinized: Surveillance in Asian North American Literature by Monica Chiu (Voyager)
–Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Voyager)

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
–Hawaiians of Old: Na Kanaka Maoli O Ka Wa Kahiko by Betty Dunford (Voyager)
–No Makou Ka Mana: Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Voyager)

Reference Collection
–The Hawaiian Monarchy by Allan Seiden (Voyager)

March 3, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

New Student PIRGS report on open textbooks

A recently released report by the Student PIRGS, “Open Textbooks:  The Billion Dollar Solution,” examines the potential savings for students when faculty move to open textbooks.  By analyzing five pilot projects around the country, the researchers determined that a student saves $128 when a course uses an open textbook instead of a traditional publisher’s textbook.  The institutions included in this study were UMass Amherst, Kansas State University, Tacoma Community College, University of Kansas, and University of Maryland.

The open textbook and open educational resources movement is gaining momentum around the country.  Outreach College is leading the initiative at UHM with over 50 “zero textbook cost” courses on the summer session schedule.  The Library and the EMC at Leeward are working with faculty in several divisions to identify quality OER and turn their courses into “zero textbook cost” courses.  See OER@Leeward for more info.

February 24, 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 Bestseller’s Collection cannot be “held”.

General Collection
Balinese Food: the Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali by Vivienne Kruger (Voyager)
Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain by Matthew Carr (Voyager)
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan (Voyager)
tumblr_mxcgoszDsw1qz6gheo1_500–Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of the Creative Revolution: from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin (Voyager)
Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrr: Plants of the Bible and the Quran by Lytton John Musselman (Voyager)
Frankenfoods: Controversy, Lies, and Health Risks by Michael Wald (Voyager)
The Future of God: a Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times by Deepak Chopra (Voyager)
The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know About the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber (Voyager)
510xXtbBvdL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_–The Meaty Truth: Why Our Food is Destroying our Health and Environment–and Who Is Responsible by Shushana Castle (Voyager)
The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself – The Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuk (Voyager)
The Reef: A Passionate History by Iain McCalman (Voyager)
Say This, Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Interpersonal Communication by Carl Alasko (Voyager)
The Small Food Garden: Growing Organic Fruit and Vegetables at Home by Diana Anthony (Voyager)
Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World by Jeff Madrick (Voyager)

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
African Americans in Hawaii by D. Molentia Guttman (Voyager)
51hh5t-GGoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_–Call me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea by Susan Scott (Voyager)
Hawai’i’s Animals: Do the Most Amazing Things by Marion Coste (Voyager)
The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook: Fresh Island Products from A to Z by Joan Namkoong and Hayley Matson-Mathes (Voyager)
How Hawai’i Changed America by Tom Coffman (Voyager)
Manoa Stream poems by Ann Inoshita (Voyager)
Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai’i’s Kusuma Cooray by Kusuma Cooray (Voyager)
Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania by Diana Looser (Voyager)
Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511-1850 by Bronwen Douglas (Voyager)
A Splash of Aloha: A Healthy Guide to Fresh Hawaiian Seafood by Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawai’i (Voyager)

Bestsellers Collection
All Fall Down: Book One of Embassy Row by Ally Carter (Voyager)
The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory –Symptoms and Diseases by Amy Myers (Voyager)51akGWxnrVL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger (Voyager)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Voyager)
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel (Voyager)
Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner (Voyager)
Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains by Susan Greenfield (Voyager)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Voyager)
Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: a True Story by Hubert Wolf (Voyager)
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt (Voyager)

February 11, 2015
by Ralph Toyama

The Library Back-Up Website

For the rare occasion when a technical problem makes the library website unavailable, we have a back-up website on an off-campus server. It has links to the special research databases and online information resources that the library subscribes to.

Visit and bookmark the page at , or do an Internet search for “leeward library backup”.

February 3, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Libguide on GMOs.

Are you interested in GMOs and the resources offered by the Library that cover the topic? Do you assign work to your students about GMOs? If so, this handy guide is for you! In it, you’ll find relevant books & DVDs at Leeward CC and throughout the UH-system, ebooks that can be read from any computer with an Internet connection, and online databases that will provide you with a multitude of articles about GMOs.

Check it out yourself!

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Libguides are a fantastic resource for you and your students. If you’d like a Libguide to be made for your class or on a particular topic, please email