Library News and Much More!

February 29, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Introducing SAGE Business Researcher

SAGE Business Researcher_logoOur newest online resource, SAGE Business Researcher, provides balanced and in-depth coverage and analysis of current topics in the areas of business and management.

Modeled after CQ Researcher, content is specially commissioned rather than aggregated from outside resources, and each report includes short feature articles on related topics, expert views often formatted as pro/con debates, and graphs and charts with downloadable data. Each issue provides context to help students understand the topic and lists scholarly resources to guide further research.

The content provided by SAGE Business Researcher can be found nowhere else.  Reports are written for undergraduate students and their research needs.  Through a user-friendly search interface, students will find information that is more thorough than newspaper or magazine articles and more up to date than books or scholarly journals.  Here is a list of recent issues:

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If your students are in need of timely and credible resources on current issues and topics in business and management, SAGE Business Researcher may be the source you’ve been waiting for.

To access SAGE Business Researcher from the Library’s website, click Research Tools and scroll down the list of resources to find it.

Contact a librarian if you’re interested in learning more about this resource, or if you want us to come into your classroom to introduce your students to this and our many other resources.

February 23, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

New Books

Please check the location of the following items, as some are on our new book cart located on the third floor, 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 you can only place hold requests on items from our General Collection.

General Collection
–Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace by Michael R. Frone (Voyager)
–The Cancer Atlas by Ahmedin Jemal, Paolo Vineis, Freddie Bray, Lindsey Torre, and David Forman (Voyager)
–Easy Spanish Reader by William T. Tardy (Voyager)
–Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations by Patricia Rossi (Voyager)
–Le Pendentif: Three Easy Short Stories by Sylvie Laine (Voyager)
–Learn French with Stories by Talk in French (Voyager)
–Making Sense: a Student’s Guide to Research and Writing | Life Sciences by Margot Northey and Patrick von Aderkas (Voyager)
–Reusing Open Resources: Learning in Open Networks for Work, Life, and Education by Allison Littlejohn and Chris Pegler (Voyager)
–Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research by Glenn Geher and Sara Hall (Voyager)
–The Transition to College Writing by Keith Hjortshoj (Voyager)
–Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice: Doing What Works by Arnold M. Washton and Joan E. Zweben (Voyager)
–Voyage a Marseille: An Easy French Story by Sylvie Laine (Voyager)
–You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): a Memoir by Felicia Day (Voyager)

Hawaiian-Pacific Collection
–E Luku Wale E by Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf (Voyager)
–From Then to Now: A Manual for Doing Things Hawaiian Style by Ka’ala Farm (Voyager)
–Hawaiian Son: the Life and Music of Eddie Kamae by James D. Houston with Eddie Kamae (Voyager)
–Na Kai Ewalu: Beginning Hawaiian Lessons by Kauanoe Kamanaluaua and William H. Wilson (Voyager)
–Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise by Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie with Susan K. Serrano and D. Kapua’ala Sproat (Voyager)

Best Sellers Collection
–Ashley Bell: a Novel by Dean Koontz (Voyager)
–Cross Justice by James Patterson (Voyager)
–The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel (Voyager)
–One Child: the Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong (Voyager)
–A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold (Voyager)
–Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson (Voyager)
–The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Upton (Voyager)
–United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists by Peter Bergen (Voyager)

February 22, 2016
by Natalie Wahl

Feature Film Fridays: Black History Month

The Library is excited to continue its new initiative, Feature Film Fridays, where the Library screens a different film every Friday at 1 pm in the Group Study Rooms located on the Main Floor of the Learning Commons. Popcorn is provided!

This week, to honor Black History Month, Feature Film Fridays presents 12 Years a Slave (2013).  This film is based on the true story of one man’s incredible fight for freedom. Set in the pre-Civil War United States, this film unflinchingly looks back at the darkest chapter in US history and helps shed light on our country’s current issues with race and equality.

Feature Film Fridays showcases the Library’s moving image resources.  Currently, the Library subscribes to three streaming moving image databases.  To learn more about these databases, read this blog post about Ethnographic Videos Online and Films on Demand, and this other blog post about Kanopy Streaming Videos.  The Library also has a vast collection of DVDs available for students, staff, and faculty to borrow.

So bring a friend and join us this Friday for Feature Film Fridays!

February 22, 2016
by junie

Literary Reading by Lisa Linn Kanae

The Leeward CC Library is proud to welcome Lisa Linn Kanae, author of Islands Linked by Ocean and Sista Tongue. Please join us and encourage your students to attend!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Kapunawai Room, Leeward CC Library


February 22, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Hawaiian-Pacific Collection–Water Damage Update–Week 1

As you may recall, on February 12, over 1/3 of our Hawaiian-Pacific collection was damaged by water that fell through the ceiling from an AC condensate pan. We spent the past week acquiring wood and cement blocks, and made a plan-of-action for dealing with the damaged items. Of the 700 titles that were pulled from the collection, well over half are waiting to be sent back to the shelves. The remaining 261 titles are being treated for water damage.

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For information about acquiring Hawaiian-Pacific resources that are not listed above or are not located in the Hawaii-Pacific Resource Room, please reference this Libguide.

Pictures from week 1 of the restoration process:

February 16, 2016
by junie

Literary Reading from Bamboo Ridge authors

The Leeward CC Library is proud to welcome Bamboo Ridge authors Jean Yamasaki Toyama, Juliet S. Kono, Ann Inoshita, and Christy Passion for a reading of renshi (linked poetry) from No Choice but to Follow. Please join us and encourage your students to attend!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Kapunawai Room, Leeward CC Library


February 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Partial Closure of Hawaiian-Pacific Collection Effective Immediately

On Friday February 12, the Library’sIMG_3585 Hawaiian-Pacific Collection, 3rd Floor, suffered serious water damage after an AC condensate pan in the ceiling dumped 15-20 gallons of accumulated water onto several book shelf ranges. Library staff immediately moved 1,000 volumes to the outside lanai for assessment. Several dozen volumes deemed difficult to replace were transported to the UHM Hamilton Library cold storage facility for freezing. Approximately 700 volumes were left to air dry in our Quiet Study Area over the weekend.

This week, librarians and staff under the direction of Keahiahi Long, Hawaii-Pacific Resources Librarian, and Jue Wang, Technical Services Librarian, will begin the process of assessing the damaged volumes and determining whether titles can be preserved and retained, or must be replaced. The books in cold storage will be evaluated at a later date under the professional guidance of the UHM Libraries Preservation Department.

The Library is taking immediate action to preserve affected materials and will order replacements, as available and necessary, but the short-term impact on students is that approximately one-third of the Hawaiian-Pacific Collection is unavailable. Librarians will make every attempt to locate needed materials, but be aware that H-P materials at the majority of UH System libraries are not available for intra-campus loan so students may need to travel to other campuses for access.

The Library will provide further updates on our collection recovery via this blog. Special thanks to Didier Lenglare and Eileen Cain for their offers of assistance and support in the immediate aftermath and recovery last week.

Mahalo for your understanding and support.

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February 9, 2016
by junie

Library Learning Series: Ancestry & Kanopy

Interested in learning more about your family history? Looking for streaming videos for your classes? The Library has two new resources that can help you!

Join us on: Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 1:30 – 2:30 in LC 102

Learn about:ancestry

Ancestry Library Edition, a new genealogy research tool that provides access to a wide rital, church, court, and immigration records.

kanopyKanopy, a new video streaming resource that provides thousands of high-quality full-length films and documentaries.


February 9, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Impact of Textbook Costs on College Students

OER_Covering_the_CostLast week, Student PIRGS released, Covering the Cost: Why We Can No Longer Afford to Ignore High Textbook Prices, a report exploring the impact of high textbook prices on the financial well-being of students.*

Key findings relevant to our student population:

  • Fifty percent of community college students use some form of financial aid to pay for their textbooks (vs. 28% at 4-year public colleges)
  • Sixty-five percent of community college students use financial aid to cover 100% of their textbook costs (vs. 50% at 4-year schools)

The financial burden of higher education has a greater impact on our students. We know that faculty are very concerned about costs and bend over backwards to make course materials available to their students as inexpensively as possible by using older editions, in-class buy back programs, customized versions, course reserves, and other methods to help save money.  But no matter the time and effort you and your students put into reducing textbook costs, none of these really go to the root of the problem which is a textbook publishing market run amok.

The OER movement provides an opportunity to opt-out of the broken marketplace for textbooks.  OERs are not always perfect–is there a perfect textbook?  The available materials may not be as diverse or as in-depth in some subject areas or fields as you may be used but, then again, it’s not built on a profit-driven model.  OERs are created by educators like yourselves seeking to make teaching materials available online and free to everyone.  Moving to OER is not easy but it can be done and you have our Leeward OER faculty leaders to show you the way.  And you can always count on the EMC and Library to answer your questions and help you get started.

*Findings are based on a survey of 4,704 students at 132 schools in 26 states conducted September-October 2015.  

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