Library News and Much More!

December 6, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

New Best Sellers

Behind Closed Doors: a Novel by B.A. Paris (Voyager)
Commonwealth: a Novel by Ann Patchett (Voyager)
Here I Am: a Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (Voyager)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba (Voyager)
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist (Voyager)

December 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Our Experiences @ the 2016 HLA Conference

2016 Hawaii Library Association conference logoThe 2016 Hawaii Library Association Conference on the Big Island was a opportunity for Leeward’s librarians to hear from a nationally-recognized expert in the library community, share best practices, discover new products and services, and network with our colleagues from across the State.  This year, Leeward was again well-represented in the conference schedule with our librarians presenting six sessions.

Are You Open Today? A Simple JavaScript Project Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian

Ralph: “We wanted the new library website to show the current day’s hours of service, but only if the displayed hours could change automatically on holidays. I shared the solution I came up with because it was a great project for a novice JavaScript programmer to understand, implement, and adapt to other uses.”

Comments from attendees:

“Was great to see code that I can use on my own site – no re-inventing the wheel ! It was also helpful to know that there are variations that can be used to express library hours in several ways.”

“Ralph was very forthcoming and informative about his process and how he constructed the java script. Will try to implement for my own library website!”

Management of Ebooks: Acquisition, Cataloging and AccessJue Wang, Technical Services Librarian

Comments from attendees:

Jue had a very good grasp of the subject matter.”

I learned about the different issues that need to be taken into account when acquiring e-books for the library. The presentation was well-organized and covered the topic in a concise manner.”

I learned about all the cataloging and management concerns with E-books.”

Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen Natalie Wahl, Circulation Services Manager and Daniela Dutra-Elliott, Instructor in Botany and Horticulture

Natalie: “I especially enjoyed co-presenting “Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen” with Dr. Daniela Dutra-Elliott. Many of our attendees were representing public librarianship, which is a population I do not typically have the opportunity to collaborate. They were a wonderful audience, and offered many interesting thoughts and ideas after our presentation.”

Comments from attendees:

“This session reminds me of a friend who caught his fish, photographed, cooked and consumed it, & later painted the fish. Students propagate the seeds, read about, select, design & package them & distribute through the library.” 

“Awesome! Great content, enthusiastic presenters, and even goodies to take home!  Loved it, can’t wait to get a seed library for our branch!”

“They clearly worked well together and are very passionate about the project. I think it’s really inspiring how they are tying in a library program with multiple departments on campus and working towards a no waste facility.”

Changing Faces: The Journey to a New Leeward Community College Library Website – Carina Chernisky, Public Services Specialist, Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, and Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian

Web Team (Carina, Wayde, Ralph):  Mission accomplished!!!

Comments from attendees:

“This session was very informative on their process to a new website which turned out beautiful. The presenters were very engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed this panel.”

“I enjoyed learning about the process that LCC followed. Seeing a real-world example of a site redesign will be very helpful for my own redesign.”

“It was fascinating (if not a little daunting, haha) to learn the whole process by which LCC went about redesigning their website, and how much time and effort went into the whole process. It is a good eye opener for anyone who thinks that web design (or any type of project) should be easy and straightforward; there is often a lot more to do and a lot more potential challenges and obstacles than one might expect.”

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa: Navigating Hawaiian Librarianship – Keahiahi Long, Librarian-Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Shavonn Matsuda-Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Keikilani Meyer, Librarian-Chaminade University of Honolulu, Annemarie Paikai-former Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System & NEW Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian-Leeward Community College), and Kapena Shim, Hawaii Specialist Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Annemarie: “It was exciting to co-present at HLA about Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa.  Overall we had great feedback and I personally feel more motivated than ever to continue the work we have started with this organization, especially now that I am representing Leeward as well.” 

Comments from attendees:

“I appreciated the discussion of how the group debated issues as they were developing their bylaws and operating procedures.”

“Excellent session. Future LIS leaders for Hawai’i. Can’t wait to see where these young professionals will be in the next 5-10 years.”

“I was surprised that it took this long for an Indigenous Hawaiian Library Association to form. Did not know it was an issue. I am glad that it formed and that they are all very enthusiastic and learned.”

“I so appreciate and applaud this energetic group of professionals who see the importance of promoting and supporting Hawaiian librarianship”

Check Us Out! New Services at Our Libraries – Becky DeMartini, Head of Instructional Services-BYUH, Zoia Falevai, Reference Librarian-BYUH, Justin Marshall, Systems Librarian-BYUH, and Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian-Leeward Community College

Wayde:  “I was invited by BYUH to join them on a presentation highlighting new services at our libraries. I shared our new mobile printing service ( as well as the small projects we’ve implemented to improve the overall student experience such as additional power options, mobile device charging stations, and low-cost furniture options. I was blown away by the amazing new technology and furniture at the Joseph F. Smith Library.  We’re scheduled to visit their library this month so we can see all their cool stuff in action.

After the conference we were ready for some fun.  All of us took advantage of the long weekend to explore Hilo and the surrounding areas and eat ʻono food!

Panoramic image of Hilo Bay

Hilo Bay, from the Grand Naniloa Hotel.

November 28, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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Annemarie Paikai, Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian

4vr6bndvh34uhspbpvllgtg3wccgkmvg-ptafxh6pkeq1zr2rcnjj9tdutbwmcee26cjg9y7hpdtfbcw1280-h658The Library is happy to welcome Annemarie Paikai to our team as our new Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian. We are excited to work with Annemarie and hope that you will help us to welcome her to the Leeward CC campus.

Annemarie Aweau Paikai has a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and a Master’s in Library & Information Science (MLISc) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Annemarie has worked in a variety of archival and library repositories including the National Park Service, the Hula Preservation Society, the Hawaiian Historical Society, and the Hawaiʻi State Library’s Hawaiʻi and Pacific collection. She is currently serving as a board member for Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of Hawaiian knowledge systems, services, and research in the library and information science profession.

Annemarie, what do you hope to accomplish in your position here at Leeward CC?

I am thrilled to be joining the Leeward CC ʻohana! What excites me about this campus is the clear commitment to perpetuate a thriving academic and collaborative community. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with the students, faculty, and staff here at Leeward. In an effort to contribute to the advancement of the educational goals of our Native Hawaiian students, I as the Hawaiʻi and Pacific Resource Librarian, hope to provide support and instruction in such a capacity that helps students have access to the services and resources that they need to succeed.   

Annemarie can be reached at 455-0390 or at I Mua!

November 22, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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Flipster is the Library’s new online newsstand for popular magazines. This collection currently contains 37 different magazines! Let us know which titles you’d like us to consider by submitting your request here. You can access Flipster via its carousel on our homepage, or by clicking here. For offline reading, download the Flipster mobile app available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Popular titles:screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-8-33-12-am
Clean Eating
Consumer Reports
Food + Travel Magazine
Men’s Health
Motor Trend
The New Yorker
Popular Science
Surfing Magazine
Vanity Fair
Vegetarian Times
W Magazine
….and many more!

November 22, 2016
by Natalie Kahn

Finals Countdown begins November 28th!

Finals Countdown has been revamped to better prepare students for final projects and exams. Gone are the two late-late night events, and in their place, we will now offer TWO WEEKS of extended hours AND review sessions.

Monday, 11/28 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 11/29 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 11/30 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, 12/1 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, 12/2 Regular Fall Hours 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Monday, 12/5 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 12/6 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 12/7 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, 12/8 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, 12/9 Regular Fall Hours 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • MORE REVIEW SESSIONS/Office hours:

Sign-up here to lead a review session or hold office hours between 11/28 and 12/9


Students may sign up at the circulation desk for sessions between 5-8 pm, 11/28-12/9


Call or email Natalie Wahl if you have any questions or would like to help:

November 7, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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Awesome! The Library is happy to announce that we are now offering our patrons “unlimited” online access to news, features, archives, and educator content from The New York Times. Register your account by clicking on THIS LINK and following the prompts. If you encounter any difficulties or have a question, please contact Ralph Toyama at


  1. Full access to, including everything they’ve published since 1851 (the only limitation is for articles from 1923-1980: users can only access 100 articles per 4 weeks, due to a copyright ruling)
  2. Mobile apps for phones and tabletsMultimedia, including interactive features (here are their best from 2015), video section, new VR features, and all new multimedia to come
  3. Each user gets a personal account, which includes:
    1. Email newsletters
    2. Customized alerts: get a notification when an article is published about a topic you’re interested in, or get a weekly digest of those articles.  This is a particularly useful feature for professors, as they can require students to set a specific alert that functions as curriculum updated in real-time.
    3. Cross-platform save; any article you save on is easily accessible from any device.
    4. Article recommendations based on topics you most commonly read about.
  4. The New York Times InEducation*:  a huge range of resources to assist professors to integrate The Times in the classroom
  5. Our contacts at The New York Times, who will collaborate with students, staff and faculty to maximize awareness of our partnership through faculty workshops, co-curricular activities, contests and other creative methods.

*Disclaimer from The New York Times: The Leeward CC Library pass does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords, Times Insider or The New York Times Crosswords apps. NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices. Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited. You must have a valid email address from a participating organization. Other restrictions may apply.

November 3, 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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Adnan’s Story: the Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry (Voyager)
Curious Minds: a Knight and Moon Novel by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton (Voyager)
The Fire This Time: a New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward (Voyager)
31845516The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (Voyager)
The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe (Voyager)
The Last Days of Night: a Novel by Graham Moore (Voyager)
Love Warrior: a Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton (Voyager)
Nutshell: a Novel by Ian McEwan (Voyager)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: a Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Voyager)
the Woman in Cabin 10: a Novel by Ruth Ware (Voyager)

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The Affect of Difference: Representations of Race in East Asian Empire by Christopher P. Hanscom and Dennis Washburn (Voyager)
Burnt by the Sun: the Koreans of the Russian Far East by Jon K. Chang (Voyager)
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia by Tiantian Zheng (Voyager)
Fragrant Orchid: the Story of My Early Life by Yamaguchi Yoshiko and Fujjiwara Sakuya (Voyager)
The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most by Peter Felten, John N. Gardner, Charles C. Schroeder, Leo M. Lambert, and Betsy O. Barefoot (Voyager)

61arru-gimlHawaiian Pacific Collection
Food and Power in Hawaii: Visions of Food Democracy by Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata (Voyager)
Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific: the Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II by Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla (Voyager)

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1,001 Accounting Practice Problems for Dummies by Kenneth Boyd (access)
2016/2017 ASVAB for Dummies with Online Practice by Rod Powers (access)
Accounting for Dummies by John A. Tracy (access)
Algebra I for Dummies by Mary Jane Sterling (access)
Basic English Grammar for Dummies by Geraldine Woods (access)
Basic Math and Pre-Algebra for Dummies by Mark Zegarelli (access)
Biology essentials for Dummies by Rene Fester Kratz (access)
Business Plans Kit for Dummies by Barbara Findlay Schenck (access)
Chemistry for Dummies by John T. Moore (access)
Eating Clean for Dummies by Consumer Dummies (access)
Film Studies for Dummies by James Cateridge (access)
Investing for Dummies by Eric Tyson (access)
Investing in Bonds for Dummies by Russell Wild (access)
Investing in Dividends for Dummies by Lawrence Carrel (access)
Investing Online for Dummies by Matt Krantz (access)
Juicing and Smoothies for Dummies by Pat Crocker (access)
Macroeconomics for Dummies by Consumer Dummies (access)
Medical Billing and Coding for Dummies by Karen Smiley (access)
Medical Terminology for Dummies by Beverly Henderson (access)
Microeconomics for Dummies by Lynne Pepall (access)
Mindful Leadership for Dummies by Juliet Adams (access)
Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson (access)
Personal Finance in Your 20s for Dummies by Eric Tyson (access)
Praxis Elementary Education for Dummies with Online Practice by Carla C. Kirkland (access)
Productivity for Dummies by Ciara Conlon (access)
Robert’s Rules for Dummies by C. Alan Jennings, PRP (access)
Statistical Analysis with Excel for Dummies by Joseph Schmuller (access)
Statistics for Dummies by Deborah J. Rumsey (access)
Stock Investing for Dummies by Paul Mladjenovic (access)
Student Finance for Dummies by Phil Davis (access)
Total Body Diet for Dummies by Victoria Shanta Retelny (access)

November 1, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

New Resource – Statista

Statista is your new portal to:

  • 1 million statistics from over 18,000 sources;
  • 3,000 reports and dossiers on industries, companies, and countries;
  • Revenue forecasts for over 400 industries.

Charts, graphs, and infographics are exportable in PNG, PPT, or XLS formats, and can be embedded in websites with auto-generated HTML codes.  Dossiers and reports are available as PDFs.

Some examples:

Take a short video tour of Statista.

Find more statistics at Statista

October 24, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is a movement seeking to make scholarly research freely available to the widest possible audience.  The goal of OA is to advance knowledge through communication and sharing. Sound familiar?  Open Education and OER have roots in OA. All three share a common philosophy of democratizing access to knowledge through a structured framework which gives individuals flexible rights (e.g. Creative Commons) to use existing knowledge to accelerate new discoveries and innovation in the research lab,  the classroom, and elsewhere.  Learn more about OA by viewing this animation, Open Access Explained!

open access week t-shirt logoUH is celebrating Open Access Week, October 24-28th, by hosting a series of events throughout the week. View the complete schedule here.  On Tuesday, October 25th, the Leeward OER Committee is hosting a live viewing of the panel discussion: Copyright, Intellectual Property, Creative Commons & Fair Use via HITS in LC 108B at 10:30 AM.

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.

For more info about this panel, contact Junie Hayashi at

October 21, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Calaveras – Day of the Dead via Kanopy

A guest post by Eileen Sakamoto:

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Calaveras – Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) depicts an autumn celebration from the Mexican culture. The festival honors people who have died and have relatives or friends who still love and miss them. It is believed that the children’s spirits who have died come back on November 1st and the adult’s spirits return on November 2nd

The gravestones of their loved ones are decorated, however, if people cannot decorate the gravestones, they celebrate by building altars that have bright marigold flowers, decorated sugar skulls, candy, favorite items of their lost loved ones, white candles to guide them home, food, water to quench their thirst and most importantly, a photo of the person who has passed on. A very interesting 30 minute film available on Kanopy.

For more information on this celebration, see the Credo Reference Topic Page on Día de los Muertos.

A display celebrating elements of Día de los Muertos will be installed in the Library Foyer next week.

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