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October 26, 2015

Unacceptable Behavior in the Learning Commons

For the past month, certain individuals have been wreaking havoc in the Learning Commons and behaving in ways unexpected of college-level students. Examples of this unacceptable behavior:

  • Acting extremely raucous – to the point that other students complain or leave the facility
  • Playing guitars and ukuleles
  • Throwing items across the room
  • Knocking furniture over
  • Standing on top of furniture
  • Blasting music
  • Despite numerous warnings, consistently eating food items that are prohibited in the facility (Library’s Food & Drink Policy)

Library staff have been struggling to correct these individuals’ behavior and to re-establish the Learning Commons as a resource for ALL, not just for a small minority that are dominating the space and making it unwelcoming to others. Please consider discussing the problem with your students and going over the rules below. We thank you for your assistance.

For more information, please read our Acceptable Behavior Policy.


October 26, 2015
by juewang

Kanopy Streaming Videos Trial


Kanopy has a broad collection with over 26,000 films from 800 top producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, The Great Courses, etc.  Kanopy’s Patron Driven Acquisition program is a popular program. We can design our own collection, set our own budget limit, and only pay for films used heavily. If no films are used, we pay nothing. If instructors find a film that helps your teaching, the library can purchase it.

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang (


October 26, 2015

New Books: Oct. 26, 2015

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”.

General Collection
Art Worlds: Artists, Images, and Audiences in Late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai by Roberta Rue (Voyager)
Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea by Albert Park (Voyager)
Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos by Simon Creak (Voyager)
51qhSzAZ3FL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan by Asuka Sango (Voyager)
A Handbook of Korean Zen Practice: a Mirror on the Son School of Buddhism translated and with an introduction by John Jorgensen (Voyager)
Hokusai’s Great Wave by Christine Guth (Voyager)
Holy Ghosts: the Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction by Rebecca Suter (Voyager)
Imagining Exile in Heian: Banishment in Law, Literature, and Cult by Jonathan Stockdale (Voyager)
The Lost Territories: Thailand’s History of National Humiliation by Shane Strate (Voyager)
The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960 by Bridie Andrews with David Schwarzkopf (Voyager)
Marathon Japan: Distancing Race and Civic Culture by Thomas Havens (Voyager)51I-2QvQSPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
The Mongol Century: Visual Cultures of Yuan China 1271-1368 by Shane McCausland (Voyager)
Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power Between Burma and the West by Tamara Ho (Voyager)
Tea in China: a Religious and Cultural History by James Benn (Voyager)
To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg (Voyager)
The White Plum: a Biography of Ume Tsuda, Pioneer of Women’s Higher Education in Japan by Yoshiko Furuki (Voyager)
Women Pre-Scripted: Forging Modern Roles through Korean Print by Ji-Iun Lee (Voyager)

Bestsellers Collection
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson (Voyager)
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (Voyager)
51zlMF2ZtZL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb (Voyager)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Voyager)
–The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Voyager)
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Voyager)
–The Murder House by David Ellis (Voyager)
The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Voyager)
The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert (Voyager)
Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Voyager)

October 19, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

Impact of Open Textbooks on Learning Outcomes

JCHEA recently published study analyzed the impact of open textbooks vs. traditional commercial textbooks on the learning outcomes of 16,727 college students at four universities and six community colleges.

The study, “A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students”¹ published in the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, looked at five measures of student success:  course completion, passing grade of C- or better, course grade, credits enrolled, and credits enrolled in the following semester.   The sample group included 4,909 students enrolled in courses using OER only and 11,818 students enrolled in courses using commercial textbooks only.

The study found that in the key measures of course completion, passing grade of C- or better, and course grade, students in the courses using OER performed as well or better than students in courses using commercial textbooks.  In the key measures for enrollment intensity, the study found that students in the OER courses “enrolled in a significantly higher number of credits in the next semester.”  The authors speculate that this is due to the OER cost savings since “funds saved on textbooks can be applied directly to enrollment in additional courses.”

This is the largest study to date exploring the the impact of OER on student outcomes in terms of access and affordability.  According to the authors, the study “demonstrates that at least one non-instructional design option exists that can effectively improve student outcomes.”

¹Fischer, L., Hilton III, J., Robinson, T.J., Wiley, D.A. (2015). A multi-dimensional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education.  Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s12528-015-9101-x

October 16, 2015
by Natalie Wahl

Free Seeds Available – Leeward Library Seed Share!

Leeward CC Library’s newest collection provides FREE SEEDS for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons! The seeds have been propagated here on campus and are ideal for planting in our area at 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 plants locally and share seeds and information with others to support a more sustainable food system.


 This week, the library teamed up with the Leeward CC Living Lab and Hawaii Horticulture & Nutrition class for a seed party, where students processed and packaged thousands of seeds collected in the Living Lab that had been cleaned and dried during class time. Library staff will maintain the seed collection, create packaging and labeling, and keep a libguide with seed propagating resources, including books and online tools to help support seed share participants.

Fall 2015 seeds – Available NOW: orange cosmo flowers, yellow, orange, and yellow & orange mixed marigold flowers, ‘koba’ green onion, cilantro, ‘selma suns’ sunflower (and more to come in November!)

October 8, 2015
by juewang

JSTOR Archival Journals Trial

jstorWe are trying out JSTOR archival journal databases: Arts and Sciences I, Arts and Sciences II, Arts and Sciences III, and Arts and Sciences IV. When you go to and do any search, the results that appear should only be from the four collections. You can also check individual titles from the following title lists like “American Historical Review” or “Pacific Affairs”.

Arts and Sciences I
Arts and Sciences III
Arts and Sciences IV

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang (

October 1, 2015
by juewang

New Library Database Trial

We are trying out a new library database called Communication & Mass Media Complete. It is available in the alphabetical listing of EBSCO databases on the library website. The expiration of the trial is December 22, 2015. Please let us know what you think about it. We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang (

EBSCO Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC ) incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource of unprecedented scope and depth encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline. CMMC offers cover-to-cover (“core”) indexing and abstracts for more than 570 journals, and selected (“priority”) coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 770 titles. Furthermore, this database includes full text for over 450 journals.

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