Five service points on two campuses provide 145 hours of service each week during the Fall and Spring semesters. That’s a lot of services to students and it’s always with a friendly smile!
Library reference hours at Kapunawai, Halau, and Wai’anae campus are provided by our Hawai’i-Pacific Resources Librarian, a Title III grant funded position.
Gate counts record visitors entering the Learning Commons. Total visits = Total Gate Counts ÷ 2.
How many of these visits are to the Kimo Bean Cafe? To learn that we’ll need to find out how many cups of coffee they serve.
Head counts are taken every hour throughout the day. The Library is busiest right before lunchtime and our daily high head count averages around 99 people on two floors.
Head counts are for Library-managed spaces only and exclude Kimo Bean Cafe, Writing Center, and the LRC.
Questions and requests are tracked using an online data collection platform. Generated reports provide insights into the types of services requested and overall demand for these services. This information is used to schedule desk coverage and to monitor the impact of changes to operations, services, policies, and procedures.
Our Library circulates more items than any other UHCC campus. In fact, we circulate 44% of all items circulated by all the UHCC campuses on Oahu. Our circulation staff members are busy! That said, there was an 11% decline in items circulated last year. This is a development we will be monitoring closely over the next year.
Global Perspectives on the United States will enable US citizens to see their country through the eyes of others, providing useful information for international encounters and interactions, both personal and professional, in this interconnected world. For students and professionals elsewhere in the world, it is an essential source of background and comparative information that will help put current events into a deeper and broader context. The many, varied voices of the contributors, conveying perspectives of people from nations in all sorts of circumstances, spanning the spectrum of relations with the United States (from friendly intimacy to open hostility), will, we hope, help Americans and others see the world through clearer eyes.
Excerpt from an article found in the section on US Values:
Americans have always believed that they are a special people with a special destiny. This is the essence of American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States is set apart from other nations by its unique national character and a global mission to spread the values of freedom and democracy. Americans have embraced this national myth for more than two centuries. It holds that the Americans possess trademark qualities of rugged individualism and entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to fight for democratic principles, and a strong sense of morality and idealism. These qualities are coupled with the belief that the United States is endowed with a special responsibility to serve as a global champion of liberal and democratic values….
We’ve added many new e-resources over the past year. The current objectives are to ensure that faculty awareness of these resources is high and to monitor and evaluate usage before our next renewal.
Total expenditures for library resources increased by 28% since 2016. Expenditures for e-resources are up 42%.
Print periodical subscriptions decreased as more titles were purchased in digital formats. Book volume counts hold steady for now but will begin a slow downward trend as more outdated volumes are removed than new volumes are acquired.
Online article downloads fell from the previous year but remain higher than 2011. The cause for this decline is unknown at this time. We’ll learn if this is a trend once we tally the counts for the past year. Circulation of physical items (books and equipment) continued a downward trend and are below the 2011 level. Despite the declining numbers Leeward still circulates more items than any other UHCC campus. In 2015, 46% of total circulation volume for Oahu UHCC campuses happened at Leeward.
The Library is using SurveyApp to collect ongoing feedback from our patrons. The tablet-based SurveyApp is intuitive and attractive, providing students, faculty, and staff with a quick and anonymous way to rate library customer service, collections, and study spaces. Users can add comments to share suggestions or concerns. They can also provide contact information if they wish to hear from us directly.
SurveyApp will enable the Library to respond more quickly to issues and concerns as they happen. The feedback received will be used, along with the results from our Annual Library User Survey, to improve services so we better meet the needs of all campus users. Results from this survey will also help us assess Library support area outcomes for Access, Collections, and Environment.
The SurveyApp survey can be found at the iPad kiosk adjacent to the large-screen information monitor in the Library.
It might not be a surprise to learn that the US doesn’t provide any paid parental leave for fathers since we’re one of just two countries not providing paid leave to new mothers. What might surprise you is the country that offers the most paid leave for fathers. Guess where? Go to the Statista page, “Where Fathers Get the Most Paid Parental Leave” to find out.
Statista is a database providing over 1 million statistics from 18,000 sources. Charts, graphs, and infographics are exportable in PNG, PPT, or XLS formats, and can be embedded in websites with auto-generated HTML codes. Thousands of dossiers and reports on companies, industries, and countries are available as PDFs. Ask a librarian if you have any questions about Statista.
of thud and thump and thunder
man’s relevance to books
continues to declare.
Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout,
and drumbeats in the air.
Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks and this poem at Brain Pickings. Additional poems, a selected bibliography, and essays marking her recent centennial can be found at poets.org
JoVE Science Education is a database of video demonstrations teaching science fundamentals such as laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Learn more about JoVE and how you can create quizzes at the JoVE User’s Guide.
Mechanical engineering junior at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Ana, demonstrates conservation of angular momentum. (27 seconds)
Since 2015, the UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy has used the OpenStax College Physics textbook to teach introductory physics courses. Now, a faculty-led project funded by an Outreach College UHM OER Project grant is developing a database of physics problems that can be paired with the open textbook.