Library News and Much More!

March 29, 2016
by Soledad Lencinas

Finding open textbooks

The use of open textbooks in the classroom can make a positive impact on students’ success as it enhances their access to course materials while reducing textbook expenses. A more widespread implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) is contributing to a rapid increase in the number of available materials. This makes adopting quality educational resources a viable option to teach courses in a variety of subject areas.

Open textbooks can be used, reused and shared; and, depending on their license, many of them may also be modified, allowing you to tailor their content to the specific needs of your course. The Open Textbooks page in our library’s OER subject guide provides links to open textbooks available in many subject areas including: Math, Economics, Marketing, History, Biology, Botany, English, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, Anthropology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, Chemistry and Culinary Arts. Links to additional resources are regularly added to the guide but you may also let us know if you need help finding resources for a particular course.

March 14, 2016
by Natalie Wahl

Finals Countdown Spring 2016: Coming SOON!


The Library, LRC, and Writing Center are working on our 6th Finals Countdown: a two-day event with review sessions, writing workshops, de-stress activities, free snacks, and prizes kicking of extended Library hours through finals week.

SAVE THE DATES: Wednesday, April 27th and Thursday April 28th in the Learning Commons.

Visit our LibGuide for more info!

March 30, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Are You Ready for Open?

Questions to ask yourself when considering Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Do you want to improve student success?
  • Do you want to reduce/eliminate course material costs for students?
  • Do you have the required computer and Internet skills?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are ready to start exploring the materials that are available in your subject.



Learn more at Go Open, Go Free Using Open Educational Resources @ Leeward CC

Start looking for open textbooks from our Open Educational Resources Guide

March 8, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Textbook Cost: $0

Leeward’s Textbook Cost: $0 program is saving students real money.  This semester’s estimated savings for students in classes taught by 25 faculty who switched from commercial texts to OER or zero-cost resources is $131,000.  Any course can be designated TC:$0 by the instructor.  Go to the Textbook Cost: $0 page for more information.

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For more information about the Textbook Cost: $0 program at Leeward, go to the OER @ Leeward Textbook Cost: $0 page and look for Frequently Asked Questions.

March 8, 2016
by juewang

Safari Tech Books Online

safari     Aloha, here is good news from the library. Last year some instructors expressed their interest in Safari Tech Books Online . Now we have it for you.  The Library has recently started the subscription to Safari Tech Books Online. This collection has about 6,000 titles that were published in recent years.  The topics include computer programming, mobile application, digital media, networking and so on. Please share this great collection of e-books with your colleagues and students.


March 8, 2016

Today is International Women’s Day, so pick up one of these books!

Here are two of MANY great options for you!

In Order to Live: A North Koren Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park is the gripping, harrowing tale of a young woman’s inhumane existence in North Korea and her abuse as a refugee in China. Park eventually finds freedom in South Korea and is now a human rights activist.

“In North Korea, even arithmetic is a propaganda tool. A typical problem would go like this: ‘If you kill one American bastard and your comrade kills two, how many dead American bastards do you have?'”

Watch her speech at the “One Young World“2014 Summit in Dublin, Ireland here.


Women Photographers: from Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald is a collection of the stories of 55 groundbreaking female photographers: their lives, their style, and their pictures. The collection portrays the diversity in not only the photographers, but also in their subjects, their view through the lens, and their craft.

“All these are the viewpoints of women for whom the term ‘woman photographer’ is often not precise enough. For highly individual reasons. Zanele Muholi, for example, sees herself as a visual artist. Claude Cahun saw herself as being beyond femininity, masculinity, or androgyny.”

March 3, 2016
by junie

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate the women in your life! We’ve put together a sample of books and videos celebrating important women and women’s issues throughout history. This display will be available for viewing throughout the month of March. Special thanks to Jayne Bopp, Instructor, Social Sciences for sharing her personal collection of vintage Marwal Industries, Inc. chalkware busts, micro-enterprise project doll from Kenya, and burka from Afghanistan.



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