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September 29, 2015

We need your books! Now accepting book donations for Discovery Fair!

We are now accepting book donations for the $1 used book sale during the Discovery Fair on November 7th. All levels & genres are welcome, but please no textbooks or magazines.

Thank you sincerely to those who have already dropped books off at the library! We’re off to a great start! Please feel free to call 455-0210 with questions. You may drop off books at the circulation desk or we can pick up items from your car or office.

September 22, 2015

New Books: Sep. 22, 2015

9780824851439_p0_v1_s192x300Hawaiian-Pacific Collection
The Red-headed Hawaiian: the Inspiring Story About a Local Boy from Rural Hawai’i Who Makes Good by Chris McKinney and Rudy Puana (Voyager)
Keka’a: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui by Sydney Lehua Iaukea (Voyager)
Knitting in Hawai’i: Easy, Beautiful Warm Weather Knits by Stephanie Lui Macdonald (Voyager)

indexBestsellers Collection
Deceptions: a Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong (Voyager)
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (Voyager)
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (Voyager)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (Voyager)

September 22, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015: Celebrate YOUR Freedom to Read!

Next week is Banned Books Week! Do your part to defend your freedom to read. Educate yourself on the issues and remain aware. Censorship affects all of us!

In honor of Banned Books Week, the Library will be hosting short readings from challenged/banned books every day at noon (9/28 – 10/2) in the Hawaii-Pacific Resource Room. More information to follow soon!


September 2, 2015
by junie

Zero-textbook cost classes and OER at Leeward Community College


For Fall 2015, Leeward CC is offering 53 classes that have Textbook Cost: $0 designation* in the online course list. This designation applies to any class that does not require students to purchase textbooks.  These classes include 7 sections of ENG 22, 2 sections of ENG 24, 17 sections of ENG 100, and 8 sections of ENG 200. Other classes include ENG 207 and 209, POLS 110, SOC 100, 151, and 250H, and WS 151. In addition, Leeward CC is offering its first open educational resources (OER) ENG 100 online course. Susan Wood, Professor CC of English, was the first at Leeward CC and in the UHCC system to create an open, online course for English 100.

As part of the UH system initiative, the Leeward Library and Educational Media Center (EMC) have promoted the use of OER, no-cost, and affordable solutions to support student success and make higher education more affordable. A May 2015 survey of Leeward CC students found that, of the 987 students responding, 55% did not purchase a required textbook for a course and 65% said that textbook costs influence their decision to enroll in a course.

This summer, the EMC and Library collaborated to offer a track in the Pacific Region Learning Summit entitled “Go Open, Go Free Using OER.” Participants included teaching faculty, librarians, and instructional designers from Leeward CC, Kapiolani CC, Hawaii CC, and UH Maui College.  Leeward is the first campus in the UH system to design and deliver a professional development series to help faculty find and incorporate no-cost, low-cost, and creative commons licensed resources into their courses as replacements to costly commercial course materials.

The Library and EMC continues its partnership to promote OER as a viable alternative to expensive commercial textbooks and work with faculty members to identify and adapt OER materials for their courses. For more information, please see Leeward’s Open Educational Resources website.

*Textbook Cost: $0 classes are self-designated by the instructor.  An instructor teaching classes that do not require students to purchase any textbooks may request to have this designation added to their classes in the online course list.  Contact your Leeward CC Division Secretary to add Textbook Cost: $0 to the Banner SSA Text field for your classes.



September 1, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

3 ways you can help students manage rising textbook costs

Textbook CPI

3.  Try Course Reserves.  Course Reserves is a service in which instructors provide a copy of their current textbook to the Library.  Students go to the Circulation Desk to request the textbook by instructor or course name.  The instructor decides whether the book is Library Use Only (3 hour loan) or 3 Day Loan.  This is a great service for students waiting for textbooks or financial aid checks to arrive. It’s not too late to submit your request.  For more information, please see our Course Reserves LibGuide.

2.  Use Library resources.  The Library has nearly 70,000 print books and 140,000 e-books accessible to all Leeward students, faculty and staff.  We also subscribe to many databases with online access to thousands of journals, reports, and streaming videos.  Check our Voyager catalog to see if any required reading titles are available to your students via the Library.  For a list of all the Library’s online resources, please see our Online Research Tools page

1.  Consider OER.  Open educational resources (OER) is an opportunity to eliminate textbook costs for your students. Leeward CC has adopted the team-based approach to using OER in courses. The team consists of at least one Librarian, one Educational Technologist and one faculty member working together using a systematic, project-based approach for each course adoption of OER. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting student success in making higher education more affordable. For more information, please go to the Leeward OER site.  View our OER @ Leeward Tech It Out Day 2015 presentation.

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