Library News and Much More!

January 28, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Quality Online Streaming Videos, Part II

Today, nearly 18,000 online videos in three video collections are available at Leeward. Two weeks ago I introduced you to Kanopy, the newest collection of high-quality streaming videos available from the Library.  This week I’d like to reintroduce you to two specialized online video collections.

Ethnographic Video Online:  Volume III, Indigenous Voices

A collection of over 260 documentaries, primary source footage, and feature films from Hawaii, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.  Some notable titles include Slack Key: The Hawaiian Way, Waikiki: Riding the Waves of Change, Keepers of the Flame: The Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women, and Kumu Hina.

Films on Demand

Over 3,500 videos in two collections focusing on History and Careers & Job Search.  The brand-new search platform provides a functional and attractive interface to users. The Subject Index includes an extensive breakdown of collection titles by category.  The Library started with only two subject collections but we’re open to acquiring additional ones.  Just contact us if you like what you see but want more content in your discipline or subject area.

Please have a look at these great video resources because I think you’ll like what you see.  Feel free to share your comments or suggestions with me or any librarian.  We want to hear from you!

January 28, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

How OER is saving students money at Leeward CC

Leeward CC starts 2016 with 148 Textbook Cost: $0 classes with a combined enrollment of 2,643 students.   Estimated cost savings for students this semester is $131,334.

A Textbook Cost: $0 designation means that an instructor does not require students in their class to purchase textbooks, supplemental course materials, or access codes.  Faculty teaching a Textbook Cost: $0 class incorporate Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other freely available materials to replace costly commercial textbooks.  Leeward CC faculty use OpenStax and other OERs, library-purchased e-books and streaming videos, faculty-authored materials, and a variety of open web resources to use the Textbook Cost: $0 designation.

The money Leeward CC students are saving through the Textbook Cost: $0 program reduces the overall cost of their education. Students can immediately apply any cost savings towards their living expenses and it reduces the need for part-time jobs or having to work more hours.  Students can even use the savings to help pay for additional classes which potentially reduces time to completion.

Since Leeward CC faculty started replacing commercial textbooks with OERs and zero-cost resources students have saved nearly $300,000!

Leeward CC Textbook Cost: $0 Classes

Leeward CC Student Testimonials and Survey Results

Open Educational Resources @ Leeward CC website

January 21, 2016
by juewang

Trial Safari Tech Books Online

logoPlease trial Safari Tech Books Online. The collection includes many books about programming, networking, digital media, mobile application, web design, and computer security. Some faculty instructors gave positive feedback when we had a trial for the same collection last time. The trial will end Feb. 17, 2016.

We have a feedback form you can fill out, or you can send feedback to Librarian Jue Wang ( The library will make a decision based on your feedback.

January 19, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Quality online streaming videos available

kanopyKanopy is a new video streaming resource providing thousands of high-quality full-length films and documentaries to students, faculty, and staff at Leeward.  This month Kanopy is featuring a Spotlight on African-American Filmmakers and Artists.

Kanopy offers a new acquisition model for library purchasing of video resources. Instead of paying for individuals titles outright, Kanopy gives us access to their entire video library of over 13,000 titles.  The Library pays for only titles which trigger a purchase; a purchase is triggered upon the 4th viewing. After purchase the video is available for one year with unlimited access.

Try Kanopy at


  • Huge selection of high quality, full-length videos
  • Attractive, user-friendly interface
  • Free of ads and other distractions
  • Create custom playlists and film clips
  • Majority of videos are close captioned (captions for others available upon request)
  • Accessible to all Pearl City, Waianae, and Distance Education classes
  • DVD players not required
  • Videos can be viewed outside of class time
  • We only pay for what will be viewed

The Library has set aside enough funds to cover the purchase of 32 titles for FY2015-16.  Purchases are automatically triggered upon the 4th viewing. If you find a title you plan to use for class, please let us know and we will make the purchase immediately to guarantee its availability. Remember, titles are available for one full calendar year from the trigger date or the date of purchase.

Try Kanopy at

Contact Wayde Oshiro,, or Jue Wang,, for more information or to request a purchase.

January 5, 2016

Convocation Week — Library Open House

Thursday, January 7 from 9 am – 10:30 am

Revealing New Treasures at Your Library: Streaming videos, Curriculum Builder for Laulima, Ancestry, JSTOR, and more! Drop by for coffee and pastries with The Librarians of Leeward.

The Library offers a wealth of resources and services that you need to know about.  Our open house is designed to be an informal opportunity to discover the different ways the Library is ready to support you and the courses you teach.  Whether it’s a database, e-book collection, course reserves, or research skills session, there’s something we can offer to almost everyone.  Drop by and meet your librarians and professional support staff to learn how we can help you.  Newly acquired resources include JSTOR, eHRAF, Kanopy streaming videos, Ancestry Online, and EBSCO Curriculum Builder.  Learn about these and much more.  Coffee and pastries provided.

For more information, visit

January 5, 2016

Library Work Day in the Hālau Garden

On December 28, 2015 the Library volunteered for its first work day in the Hālau Garden. A big mahalo to Keahiahi Long and Frani Okamoto for organizing this worthwhile day. We learned so much and got quite the workout!

This event is just one way that the Library is continuing to strengthen our relationships with other departments/people on campus. This day was incredibly rewarding and really emphasized the “giving” aspect of the holiday season.


January 29, 2016
by Ralph Toyama

How to Link to Articles from Our Databases

Would you like to send or post a link to an article, e-book, or streaming video you found in one of our research databases?

It usually doesn’t work to simply copy the URL in your browser’s address bar as you’re viewing the article. Those URLs are often generated just for that particular viewing, and either won’t work or will only work for a short period of time if you try to send it to someone else. However, many of our databases will provide you with a stable URL that will let you link back to a particular record. For example, in an EBSCOhost database, click on the Permalink icon on the right side of the screen.

For specific instructions on how to find stable URLs in our different databases, please see the Linking to Articles, E-Books, & Videos page on our website.

This is a great way for faculty to send readings to students, because the copyright issues are already taken care of through our database contracts.

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