Library News and Much More!

June 16, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

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The Library is using SurveyApp to collect ongoing feedback from our patrons.  The tablet-based SurveyApp is intuitive and attractive, providing students, faculty, and staff with a quick and anonymous way to rate library customer service, collections, and study spaces. Users can add comments to share suggestions or concerns. They can also provide contact information if they wish to hear from us directly.

SurveyApp will enable the Library to respond more quickly to issues and concerns as they happen. The feedback received will be used, along with the results from our Annual Library User Survey, to improve services so we better meet the needs of all campus users. Results from this survey will also help us assess Library support area outcomes for Access, Collections, and Environment.

The SurveyApp survey can be found at the iPad kiosk adjacent to the large-screen information monitor in the Library.

The results of our 2017 Library User Survey are in! To view the results, go to our website at and hover over the About tab and select Survey Results and Infographics.

June 15, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Statista Chart of the Day – Spending on Father’s Day

How much will you end up spending for Father’s Day? Statista, the Portal for Statistics, charts the numbers:

Infographic: The Numbers Behind Father's Day Spending In The U.S. | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

It might not be a surprise to learn that the US doesn’t provide any paid parental leave for fathers since we’re one of just two countries not providing paid leave to new mothers. What might surprise you is the country that offers the most paid leave for fathers. Guess where? Go to the Statista page, “Where Fathers Get the Most Paid Parental Leave” to find out.

Statista is a database providing over 1 million statistics from 18,000 sources. Charts, graphs, and infographics are exportable in PNG, PPT, or XLS formats, and can be embedded in websites with auto-generated HTML codes.  Thousands of dossiers and reports on companies, industries, and countries are available as PDFs. Ask a librarian if you have any questions about Statista.

June 13, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Book Power by Gwendolyn Brooks


image of book shelves

“Books” by ep_jhu is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


In all this willful world

of thud and thump and thunder
man’s relevance to books
continues to declare.

Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout,
and drumbeats in the air.

Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks and this poem at Brain Pickings. Additional poems, a selected bibliography, and essays marking her recent centennial can be found at

A copy of her Selected Poems is available in our General Collection (PS3503.R7244 A6 1963)

June 6, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

JoVE Science Education Database is Live

The Library now offers the following JoVE Science Education video series: Basic Biology, Advanced Biology, and Environmental Science.

JoVE Science Education is a database of video demonstrations teaching science fundamentals such as laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Learn more about JoVE and how you can create quizzes at the JoVE User’s Guide.

JoVE Basic Biology series includes

  1. General Laboratory Techniques
  2. Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  3. Essentials of Biology 1
  4. Essentials of Biology 2

JoVE Advanced Biology series includes

  1. Essentials of Neuroscience
  2. Essentials of Developmental Biology, Essentials of Genetics
  3. Essentials of Cell Biology

JoVE Environmental Science series includes

  1. Essentials of Environmental Science
  2. Essentials of Environmental Microbiology
  3. Essentials of Earth Science

Find JoVE at

Image of research databases tab on the library's website

June 6, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

UHM OER Grant Project: Open Physics Database

Mechanical engineering junior at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Ana, demonstrates conservation of angular momentum. (27 seconds)

Since 2015, the UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy has used the OpenStax College Physics textbook to teach introductory physics courses. Now, a faculty-led project funded by an Outreach College UHM OER Project grant is developing a database of physics problems that can be paired with the open textbook.

Learn more about this exciting project from project lead Christina Nelson at

Have questions about OER? Get in touch with your Leeward OER Team:

  • Junie Hayashi, Public Services Librarian
  • Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian
  • Leanne Riseley, Educational Media Center Coordinator
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