Library News and Much More!

August 28, 2017
by An

Fall Events, New Blog Banner, & New Staff

Upcoming Library Events

Fall 2017
Hoikeakea:  HWST 107 Final Project Exhibit – Kapunawai
Aug-Nov 2017
Fossil Exhibit by Roger Kwok – Learning Commons Entrance
Thu, Sept 7: 1:30-2:45pm
Ann Inoshita: What We Must Remember Literary Reading – Kapunawai
Thu, Sept 21:  12:30-1:30pm
Library Learning Series:  Banned Books
Mon-Fri, Sept 25-29
Banned Books Week
Thu, Oct 19:  12:30-1:30pm
Library Learning Series:  Green Library Resources
Sat, Nov 4:  9:00am-2:00pm
Discovery Fair:  Used Books Corner
Mon-Fri, Nov 27-Dec 8
Finals Countdown

Stay tuned for more events by checking out our library event page here

Library Blog Banner Contest

Jon Snyder

At Leeward CC Library, we like to encourage our student workers to use their talents to contribute to our library.  This summer, we held a Blog Banner Contest and asked our students to submit their banner designs for our library’s blog.  Congratulations to Jon Snyder (Liberal Arts student) for winning our Blog Banner Contest!  His banner is now displayed on our library’s blog.  The following is Jon’s banner submission statement explaining how he came up with his design:  


“My banner design was inspired by the term ‘fostering discovery’ in the Leeward CC Library mission statement.  The fishhook of Maui was used to bring up the Hawaiian islands from the bottom of the ocean.  The voyaging canoe sails are representative of the history of how the Hawaiian people came to be here and our continuing sea voyaging explorations along the lines of the Hōkūleʻa.  The bird in the upper right corner is a frigatebird, the `iwa,  thought of as a good omen that land was near, alluding to the discovery of a new land.  Annemarie Paikai, our Hawaiʻi-Pacific Resource Librarian, was kind enough to help me with the translation of our school motto ‘To help people learn’ into Hawaiian.  ‘No ka hoʻonaʻauao ʻana i ka lehulehu’ was the phrase that came the closest, meaning ‘So that the multitudes are educated’ . . . “

Please check our blog often for any library updates:

New Library Staff

Have you been to the library recently?  You will see a couple of new faces at our circulation desk!

Kalekona Kingsbury

Kalekona “Kale” Kingsbury graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa, and has a Master’s in Library Science (MLiS).  He previously worked at Hawaiʻi Pacific University Libraries, was there for 8 years, and held the title of Head of Access Services.  Kale’s first day at Leeward Community College was June 26, 2017 and is currently our circulation manager.  His main duties include managing the main service desk and scheduling.  Fun fact:  he is currently reading The Game of Thrones series and his favorite character is Tyrion Lannister!


" "An Hollowell graduated from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She also worked at Hawaiʻi Pacific University Libraries and was there for 13 years!  An’s previous title was Operations Manager of Atherton Library.  Her first day at Leeward Community College was August 14, 2017, and she is currently our public services specialist.  A few of An’s duties include updating the library’s website, marketing and events, and supporting the library staff and the main service desk.  What she enjoys about Leeward Community College so far–she is impressed by the friendliness of the campus.  Fun fact:  although An does not think of herself as a risk-taker–a couple of the most heart-pounding activities she has ever participated in were whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky River through North Carolina and Tennessee and dropping down the Leap of Faith water slide tunneling through a lagoon filled with sharks at Atlantis, Bahamas!

If you need assistance with circulation services, course reserves, etc.–please contact Kale and An!

August 28, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Notice: ScienceDirect Access Ends on December 31

Access to the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection with 2,298 journal titles published by Elsevier ends on December 31, 2017.

Our access to ScienceDirect is via a UH System Libraries consortial arrangement coordinated by UH-Manoa, Hamilton Library. Manoa has carried most of the costs over the years and we are grateful for their generosity to the other campuses. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, they can no longer afford to maintain this resource under existing terms.

Elsevier journals are expensive and it would be difficult for Leeward to afford a journal package let alone a single journal title in many cases. Recently, a group of German universities canceled their Elsevier contracts en masse to put pressure on the Dutch publisher during contract negotiations. Universities in other countries such as Taiwan and Finland have made similar attempts to force the publisher to agree to more favorable pricing and to guarantee that publicly-funded research will remain open access. Will that pressure tactic work here? It’s possible but it will be difficult due to our relatively small size and Manoa’s need to cut costs.

Our EBSCOHost Academic Search Complete database includes many Elsevier titles. However, these titles are under a publisher (Elsevier) embargo. The embargo means that recently published articles are not available until 6-18 months after publication. Back issues are full text.

ScienceDirect will be available through the end of the year. After it ends, the library will still provide full-text article coverage to nearly 25,000 journal titles through Academic Search Complete. I am open to hearing your concerns about the loss of this resource and to discuss what options we have for access to scholarly resources. Contact me to schedule a meeting or send an email to

Lastly, this is an issue important to higher education. The loss of the Elsevier titles is upsetting because these are prestige scholarly publications that are respected and relied upon for current research in your disciplines. Unfortunately, academic publishers have used this (prestige) to their advantage and employ practices that result in exorbitant costs and restricted access. It’s unbelievable to think that publications like Cell require authors to pay up to $5000 to publish an article on research that is often publicly funded. After paying that fee you would think that the authors would at least have access to their article, but no. The article is published behind a pay wall and is only available if the individual or institution, i.e. library, pays for it. In this instance, a one-year institutional subscription to Cell is $2020 per year. This is the major reason why open access (scholarly publishing) and open educational resources (teaching materials) are such important issues that we need to address.

  • 9/5/17: This post was updated to remove confidential pricing information.
  • 9/6/17: Updated to clarify that it is the current UH System Libraries consortial agreement with Elsevier that is ending.

August 21, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Welcome Back! Library Services for 2017-18

Welcome back, Leeward faculty and staff! The Library is ready and eager to support you this coming year. To learn more about Library services and resources, go to our website at, or contact us using our Library Staff Directory.

The following list highlights just a few of the services and resources we offer:

New Extended Hours

In response to student feedback, the Library is extending its daily closing by one hour. Mondays-Thursdays, the Library will remain open until 8 pm. Friday hours are extended until 4:30 pm. The new Fall 2017 hours begin on August 21st.

  • Monday – Thursday   7:30 am-8:00 pm
  • Friday   7:30 am-4:30 pm

Course Reserves

The Library accepts copies of textbooks furnished by faculty for its Course Reserves collection. Titles “on reserve” are available for short-term student use at the Library’s Circulation Desk. Library-owned titles can be placed in Course Reserves upon faculty request as well.

For more information about Course Reserves and the process to place items, please see our Course Reserves guide at

Course Reserves contacts are Kalekona Kingsbury ( and An Hollowell (

Library Instruction

Last year, the Library collaborated with faculty to provide 319 library instruction sessions to students. These sessions introduced students to various aspects of library services, resources, information literacy concepts, and research techniques. Librarians can work with you to tailor a presentation to the needs of your students. Presentations can be conducted in the library, in your classroom, or in a computer lab.

Please contact the librarian serving your subject area to arrange for a library presentation. Language Arts liaisons are Natalie Wahl ( and Junie Hayashi ( Our Halau and Waianae Moku liaison is Annemarie Paikai (

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Leeward is the leader in the UH System in faculty adoption of OER and zero-cost textbooks and other teaching materials. Last semester, Leeward faculty taught 279 “Textbook Cost: $0” sections with 5,121 students enrolled, representing 23% of total CRNs. Leeward’s OER initiative is jointly led by the Educational Media Center (EMC) and the Library. The Library helps faculty identify open textbooks and other materials that can replace costly commercial versions.

To learn more about OER, go to the Go Open, Go Free OER @ Leeward website at Here you’ll learn why we’re committed to OER, how we’re doing it, and the availability of faculty resources and support.

To start reviewing OER in your subject area, go to the Library’s OER resource guide at

Library OER contacts are Wayde Oshiro ( and Junie Hayashi (

Resource Acquisitions

The Library acquires resources that support the curriculum. The majority of our spending is on online resources such as journal databases, ebook collections, and streaming video collections which provide the widest possible access for faculty and students at both Leeward campuses and for those enrolled in online courses. Print books are still purchased and new titles can be requested using our online book request form at

Before submitting your order, please search the Hawaii Voyager Catalog to find out whether we already own the title. Go to

Contact Jue Wang ( with your questions about our collections and acquisitions policy.


The Library’s website is your main portal to information about our services and provides direct access to online resources. Go to

Note: The Library’s subscription resources are available both on- and off-campus. Off-campus users must log in using the UH Web Login authentication system.

Consult our Database Access Help page at, or contact Ralph Toyama ( for troubleshooting requests.

If you didn’t see something you need or expected to see contact me at  Have a great start to your semester!

August 8, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Library Closed August 14-18

The Library will be closed next week as faculty and staff prepare for the new academic year. Our doors will be closed but everyone will still be available. Please contact any of us directly if you require our assistance.

Library staff directory

We will re-open on August 21 at 7:30 am with our newly expanded schedule of hours.

Fall Semester Hours

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am-8:00 pm

Friday, 7:30 am-4:30 pm


August 27, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Did you know…The Chronicle of Higher Education

" "The Library provides access to The Chronicle of Higher Education for Leeward faculty, students, staff, and administrators.

Leeward’s site license allows you to enjoy premium content both on and off-campus. Stay on top of the issues and changes impacting the landscape of higher education.

Chronicle offers several daily and weekly newsletters covering higher education news and topics, including one dedicated to community colleges. Get newsletters delivered straight to your inbox by customizing your Chronicle experience today.

  • Go to the Chronicle website
  • Click LOG IN (next to the Subscribe button – upper right corner of the screen)
  • Create an account
  • Your name will appear instead of LOG IN. Click your name and select Newsletters from the drop-down menu.

Please contact me if you have questions or require any assistance. Call x378 or email


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