Library News, Research Tips, and Much More!

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.

May 19, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

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

May 14, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

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!


May 12, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

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

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