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May 19, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Libguide on Renewable Energy.

Are you interested in the world’s current energy crisis and the resources offered by the Library that cover the topic? Do you assign work to your students about renewable energy? 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 renewable energy.

Check it out yourself!Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.19.44 AMLibguides 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 lccref@hawaii.edu.

May 14, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Support KiMOBEAN this summer!

Do you enjoy coffee, tea, baked goods, and/or paninis?! If so, please support our wonderful campus coffee shop, KiMOBEAN, this summer!

They will be open during Summer Session I (5/26-7/2) from 7:30 am – 1 pm.

If they do well during that time, they will return for Summer Session II….and we definitely want that!

Don’t forget to bring in your Fac/Staff ID for a 10% discount!

kimobean

May 12, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Interim and Summer Hours

The Library will be closed during the interim (5/18-5/22), will be closed in honor of Memorial Day (5/25), and will re-open to the public on Tuesday, May 26. Our hours during the summer sessions are:

Monday – Thursday = 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Friday = 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

May 6, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Keahiahi Long, Hawaiian/Pacific Resource Librarian

IMG_5687Please help us to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our team, Keahiahi Long!

Keahiahi Sharon Long graduated from the Library and Information Science program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in December of 2014. As a student, she was involved with Na Hawai’i Imi Loa, a graduate student organization aimed at strengthening the Native Hawaiian presence in the field of Library and Information Science. She was also a Graduate Research Assistant at the Laka me Lono Resource Center at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. In May 2014, Keahiahi was selected as a Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow, and she spent three months focusing on the preservation of dance materials in libraries and archives. Keahiahi also holds bachelor’s degrees in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies from UH-Manoa.

Keahiahi‘s strengths include specialized content knowledge, language proficiency, collaborative experience in academic settings, technology skills, and her engaging teaching style.

Keahiahi, what do you hope to accomplish here at Leeward CC?

I’m so excited and so humbled to be part of the Leeward CC community.  I’m greatly looking forward to connecting with everyone on campus in an effort to provide the best resources to our students, staff, and faculty.  I also want to contribute to Leeward CC’s commitment to serving Native Hawaiian students and to creating a Hawaiian place of learning.

We are all so excited to see what Keahiahi will accomplish here! Keahiahi can be reached at 455-0390 or at keahiahi@hawaii.edu.

May 5, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro
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2015 Library User Survey Results

The Library recently concluded its annual Library User Survey on April 24.  During the two week survey period (April 13-24) surveys were available at the Library Circulation desks and on the Library’s website. The survey measured user satisfaction with facilities, services, resources, technology, and support.  A total of 144 completed surveys were collected from faculty, staff, and students.  Survey findings and selected results are shared below.  View full results here.

Survey Findings

Demographics

Sixty-nine percent of the respondents were students and 31% were faculty/staff.  Of the student respondents, 73% identified as Full-time and 27% as Part-time.  Eighty-six percent of respondents (combined students and faculty/staff) chose Pearl City as the location of their classes.  Sixty-seven percent of student respondents visit the Library 4-6 times a week.

Gender / Age

Gender / Age

Status / Location

Status / Location

Library visits per week

Library visits per week

Primary Uses of the Library

Students indicated that the most common reasons for using the Library are for technology (computers/laptops/iPads), studying, photocopying/printing, and borrowing books and materials.  On the other hand the primary uses by faculty/staff is to borrow books, meet with librarians, and meet with students.

I primarily use the Library for (students)

I primarily use the Library for (students)

I primarily use the Library for (Fac/Staff)

I primarily use the Library for (Fac/Staff)

Library Hours

Ninety percent of student responding and 84% of faculty/staff responding are satisfied with the Library’s hours.

I am generally satisfied with the Library's hours. / I usually find enough books to meet my course needs.

I am generally satisfied with the Library’s hours. / I usually find enough books to meet my course needs.

Resources

Ninety-six percent of students responding usually find enough books to meet their course needs, 100% are generally satisfied with the UH Intra-system loan service, and 91% get enough articles from the Library’s research databases.

Ninety-three percent of faculty/staff responding usually find enough books to meet their course needs, 91% are generally satisfied with the UH Intra-system loan service, and 87% get enough articles from the Library’s research databases.

Ninety-eight percent of students and faculty/staff responding indicated that the Library website is useful.

I am generally satisfied with obtaining items from other UH-System Libraries via ISL./ I get enough articles from the Library's research databases to meet my course needs.

I am generally satisfied with obtaining items from other UH-System Libraries via ISL./ I get enough articles from the Library’s research databases to meet my course needs.

Services and Support

Class sessions with a librarian have increased my understanding of libraries and research./ The Library staff help guide me to the resources I can use.

Class sessions with a librarian have increased my understanding of libraries and research./ The Library staff help guide me to the resources I can use.

One hundred percent of students and faculty/staff responding agree that class sessions with a librarian have increased their understanding of libraries and research.  In addition, 100% of students and faculty/staff agree that Library staff guide them to useful resources.

Technology

Ninety-six percent of students responding agree that the Library’s technology meets their needs and 99% agree that the computer resources in the Library contribute to their success in college.

The Library's technology meets my needs.

The Library’s technology meets my needs.

The computer resources in the Library contribute to my success at Leeward CC.

The computer resources in the Library contribute to my success at Leeward CC.

Overall Satisfaction

Eighty-nine percent of  students responding are generally satisfied with the Library’s study areas and 95% are comfortable in the Library.  One hundred percent of faculty respondents are generally satisfied with Library services, resources, and support.

I am generally satisfied with the Library's study areas / I am comfortable in the Library / I am generally satisfied with the services, resources, and support provided by the Library.

I am generally satisfied with the Library’s study areas / I am comfortable in the Library / I am generally satisfied with the services, resources, and support provided by the Library.

Q.  What do you like best about the Leeward CC Library?

Selected comments from students

  • The selection of contemporary materials such as magazines, bestsellers, and kids section.
  • The best thing I like about the library is the study desks located on the top floor.
  • The fact that a student can jump on any of the computers and work on schoolwork is just plain awesome!  All one has to do is hope he or she finds a computer that isn’t currently used, log in to access the glorious internet, and finally, work on any schoolwork that needs to be done.  It is easy, simple, and fast.
  • The designated computer area specifically for DMED/TVPRO students.
  • The staff are helpful, the technology is relatively current, and I have the option to purchase food without having to leave the building.
  • I like knowing that there are so many tools tat you can utilize such as the LRC, Writing Center, ect.[sic]
  • convenient study & meeting place; recently purchased computer science and tech-related books!!; many group study tables; new fiction and general interest books
  • I really like how comfortable the Leeward CC Commons are.

Selected comments from faculty/staff

  • help from the instructional librarians!
  • Helpful staff
  • The librarians are smart and very kind.  My student are often afraid to ask for help at first.  Then, a few do and report back to the others that the librarians are “nice” and “helpful.”
  • staff — good people, friendly, helpful
  • Circ staff – very helpful, supportive
  • I like it that so many students are now using the services you provide.  I like the upgraded look on the first floor and all the equipment you provide for their use.  Thank you for being so student friendly.

Q.  What can be improved at the Leeward CC Library?

Selected comments from students

  • Wi-Fi Printing, or a conveniently accessbile network ‘dropbox’ for printing purposes; authorized users can send documents to print from their personal computers to the library printer while on campus
  • There are inadequate study areas during peak times.
  • Be open on Saturdays
  • People need to be educated about keeping their noise to a minimum when using the computers downstairs.  On several occasions, there were students blasting music on their headphones.  It was difficult to concentrate.
  • Open on weekends.
  • The study areas are kinda crowded right now.  I use the KI offices to find a quiet place to study.  I am fortunate enough to have that option, but I think that a lot of students end up elsewhere.
  • An issue with the campus (not just the library), but affects use of the library and its facilities is inconsistent WiFi connectivity.
  • If the rules for the library could be provided, then that could be more helpful to understand the “do’s” and “don’ts” because it doesn’t seem to be posted anywhere inside.
  • Extended library hours.  Maybe have one evening or one weekend day open for student study? Reduced library services would be ok.  We just need open study spaces!
  • Quiet Study Areas are not very quiet and are sometimes filled with noisy phone conversation.

Selected comments from faculty/staff

  • It would be great if the Library were opened on Saturday.
  • Weekend hrs; Access to more restricted, paid data bases via UHM
  • Make better use of the room behind the circulation desk; use it for public space
  • I think that you have improved a lot over the past two years.  Thank you for all the positive changes.
  • More access to journal articles.  I wish we had the same access as Manoa.  It would make teaching for me a lot easier since my classes require research papers on specific subject areas.
  • I’d like to see longer hours for the library, and possibly limited Saturday hours, particularly during finals week so my students can meet in study rooms.
  • Make website easier for students to understand.
  • More proactive outreach to instructors about what the library can do for them.

What does the Library do with the survey results?

The goal of our surveys is to gather information about the Library’s services and resources to identify areas for improvement.  In response to the 2014 survey the Library

May 5, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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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”.

Bestseller Collection
5181na4nLjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Food Babe Way by Vani Hari (Voyager)
The Liar by Nora Roberts (Voyager)
Memory Man by David Baldacci (Voyager)
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer (Voyager)
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (Voyager)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (Voyager)

General Collection
The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story illustrations by Sergio Cariello (Voyager)
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (Voyager)413dmYirIfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
Death with Dignity: the Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia by Robert Orfali (Voyager)
Everyone’s a Critic: Winning Customers in a Review-Driven World by Bill Tancer (Voyager)
How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (Voyager)
Japanese the Manga Way: an Illustrated Guide to Grammar & Structure by Wayne P. Lammers (Voyager)
Legends of the Tour by Jan Cleijne (Voyager)
Marco Polo: the Journey that Changed the World by John Man (Voyager)
Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art by Alan Cowsill (Voyager)
Moocs by Jonathan Haber (Voyager)
No Fear Shakespeare: Hamlet illustrated by Neil Babra (Voyager)
Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play by Robert Alan Brookey and Thomas P. Oates (Voyager)
A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects by Henry Rosemont Jr. (Voyager)
Search: How the Data Explosion Makes us Smarter by Stefan Weitz (Voyager)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Voyager)
Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization by Elena Conis (Voyager)
Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age by Thomas Leitch (Voyager)

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
978-0-8248-5485-0-frontcoverThe Confessions of a Number One Son: The Great Chinese American Novel by Frank Chin (Voyager)
Huihui: Navigating Art and Literature in the Pacific by Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Georganne Nordstrom (Voyager)
Sea of Opportunity: the Japanese Pioneers of the Fishing Industry in Hawaii by Manako Ogawa (Voyager)

Reference Collection51T-v0Y7tJL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_
The Bonsai Bible: the Definitive Guide to Choosing and Growing Bonsai by Peter Chan (Voyager)
The History of the Book in 100 Books: the Complete Story, from Egypt to e-book by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad (Voyager)
The Social Atlas of Europe by Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling, and Benjamin Hennig (Voyager)

April 27, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro
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Countdown to Finals starts Wed at 1 PM

 

What is the Finals Countdown?

  • Two days of sessions and workshops in the Library and Learning Commons to help prepare students for end of semester deadlines and finals. 
  • Exam review sessions in subjects such as biology, chemistry, English, history, ICS, Japanese, math, religion, and Spanish.   Full schedule here
  • Writing Center workshops to help students put the final touches on their final papers and to prepare for essay exams.  Seats still available!   Full schedule here
  • Are your students stressed out?  Staff from Mental Health America of Hawaii will be on hand to offer tips for handling stress.  Free stress balls while supplies last.
  • 1-5 PM:  Fully stocked snack bar on the 2nd floor.
  • 5-8 PM:  Games, prizes, and survival kits on the 2nd floor provided by the Student Activities Board.

When is the Finals Countdown?

  • April 29-30 starting at 1 PM
  • Games and prize drawings begin at 5 PM
  • Learning Commons open until 9 PM

How can my students participate?

  • Tell your students to visit the Library and Learning Commons on Wednesday and Thursday from 1 PM until closing.  
  • Remind them to bring their valid Leeward CC student I.D. card* as it is required to partake in snacks and to participate in the games and prize drawings.

The Finals Countdown is organized by the Library, Learning Resource Center, and Writing Center in partnership with the Student Activities Board. Funded by the student government Budget & Finance Committee and the Library.

*Food and prizes are restricted to current Leeward CC students with valid student ID.

Click here or call x378 for more info.

April 27, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro
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Library hours through May 22

Our schedule for the rest of the semester.  Summer hours to be posted soon.

Mon, Apr 27

Spring

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tue, Apr 28

Spring

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed, Apr 29

Finals Countdown

7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Thu, Apr 30

Finals Countdown

7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Fri, May 1

Extended

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Mon, May 4

Extended

7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Tue, May 5

Extended

7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed, May 6

Extended

7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thu, May 7

Extended

7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri, May 8

Spring

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Mon, May 11

Finals

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tue, May 12

Finals

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed, May 13

Finals

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thu, May 14

Finals

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri, May 15

Finals

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
May 18 -22

Interim

Closed

April 21, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Earth Week at Leeward CC Library

IMG_5668Join us as we honor Mother Earth. In addition to this bright and beautiful display, we will be showing a different earth-themed movie each day at noon!

Tuesday: An Inconvenient Truth
Former V.P. Al Gore explains global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warming have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause.

Wednesday: Planet Earth (Disc 5 – “The Future”)
Rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.

Thursday: No Impact Man
A writer decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible.

IMG_5670Lastly, join us on Wednesday for our first “Seed Share” Social. Organized by Natalie Kahn, Tara Rojas, and Daniela Elliott, there will be a table on the Library concourse from 10-2. Stop by and see what they’ve been working on!

These new collections of FREE SEEDS have been prepared for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons! The seeds, which include heirloom red okra, cilantro, kabocha, Roselle hibiscus (for tea), Pigeon peas, Parda beans, and Hawaiian chili pepper, have all been propagated here on campus, and are ideal for planting in our area 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 food locally and share seeds and information with others to support a more sustainable food system.
To learn about seed saving, go to http://guides.leeward.hawaii.edu/sustainability