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September 27, 2016

Banned Books Week 2016: Defend Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is upon us! Censorship affects all of us and is an issue that continues to exist today. Educate yourself on the issues and remain aware.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the Library will be hosting short readings from challenged/banned books every day this week at 1 pm in the Learning Commons general seating area. We hope to see you there.

In America, the top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Read it as an e-book via Overdrive.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).


September 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Textbook Prices Up 88 Percent

Textbook costs continue to rise faster than overall college costs.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items. Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.

The student cost for an Open Educational Resources textbook?  $0

An interactive graph is available at

Bureau of Labor statistics chart showing 88 percent increase in college textbook costs since 2006

September 14, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

ABI-INFORM Complete for Business Research

ABI-INFORM Complete is the key online resource for business research today.  Find important business journals, newspapers, trade publications, and market reports in full-text.  The recent addition of ABI-INFORM to the library’s collection of online research databases bridges a long-standing gap in our subject coverage.

  • Business
  • Economic conditions
  • Corporate strategies
  • Management theory
  • Management techniques
  • Business trends
  • Competitive landscape and product information
  • Accounting
  • Finance

Contact a librarian to show you what this resource offers, to schedule a in-class session for your students, or to discuss your resource needs.

  • Our subject liaison for Business is Junie Hayashi,

ABI-INFORM provides

Key ongoing full-text journals including:

  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Economic Literature
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Organization Science
  • Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • American Economic Review
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • MIT Sloan Management Review
  • China Quarterly
  • Review of Accounting Studies

Key ongoing full-text periodicals including:

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • The Economist
  • Fast Company
  • Financial Times
  • Maclean’s
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Women’s Wear Daily (WWD)

Key ongoing full-text analyses including market and industry reports from:

  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Hoovers/Dunn and Bradstreet
  • Business Monitor International
  • Oxford Analytica
  • Oxford Economic Forecasting
  • Emerging Markets Direct
  • Experian
  • Euromonitor
  • Acquisdata

Contact Wayde Oshiro,, with questions concerning resource acquisitions by the Library.

September 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro
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Railroading Paradise

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 9.01.56 PMRailroading Paradise: Environmental Preservation vs. New Housing in Hawaii explores the contentious debate over transit, housing development, and Hawaii’s future through deliberations in the Sierra Club’s Hawaii Chapter Executive Committee in the run-up to the 2012 Honolulu mayoral election. Interviews with a multitude of politicians, activists, and experts representing differing viewpoints is offered. The film presents rail as the defining issue for Oahu’s economic development, sustainability, and quality of life. You’ll want to watch this regardless of which side you’re on.

Railroading Paradise is available via the Library’s Kanopy online video collection.

September 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Take Reading into Overdrive

Overdrive is the library’s newest ebook collection and quite possibly our most user-friendly and easily navigable digital platform for reading.  Unlike our other ebook platforms like ebrary, Gale Virtual Reference Library, or Safari Books, Overdrive specializes in general interest non-fiction, fiction, and bestsellers. Our small starter collection includes a variety of titles we think you’ll be interested in. More titles will be added throughout the year.   Other features include:

  • Read online or download to device
  • Kindle and EPUB eBook formats
  • 14 day loan period
  • Specialized collections

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Course Reserves Collection

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Community College Collection

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Let us know what you think.  Send your comments and requests for new titles to me at, or to Carina Chernisky at

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