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September 24, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Banned Books Week (September 24-30)

Library Staff:  What would you do if I told you that you could not read your favorite book because it is banned?

Student:  I will fight you!

This week is Banned Books Week!  Each year, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to promote awareness on our freedom to read which is protected by the 1st Amendment of our U.S. Constitution.

The circulation staff created book displays and a Library Learning Series:  Banned Books session (hosted by Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian) was held in the Kapunawai last week.

Books selected for the displays were labeled with quotes of reasons why the books were challenged.  A few passersby who briefly glanced at the displays were compelled to walk to the circulation counter to ask why their favorite books were banned.  The staff explained that the books were not banned and asked, “what if they were?”.  It was amazing to hear their passionate responses!

Come by and check out our displays!  The circulation desk staff will be prepared for any comments and discussions!

For more information about Banned Books Week and viewing lists of frequently challenged titles, go to http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks

September 11, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro
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$tudents $ave with OER & Textbook Cost: $0

" "Leeward continues to lead the system with OER and zero-textbook cost courses this Fall.

Total student enrollment in the 289 Textbook Cost: $0 courses is 5,371. Ninety-two instructors are teaching Textbook Cost: $0 courses this semester. Direct cost savings to students for Fall 2017 is $512,630. Average savings per enrolled student is $95.

Since 2014, Leeward faculty making the leap from commercial textbooks to OER and zero-cost have saved students an estimated $1,627,749!

Hats off to Leeward faculty for making the tough decision to opt out of the commercial textbook marketplace. Not only have you saved your students $$$, but your actions are having a direct impact on the for-profit textbook publishers and their heretofore unchallenged pricing strategies. This has led to lower price inflation in the textbook market. Competition is a good thing.

For many of you, the time and effort spent converting to OER were not inconsequential. However, your hard work has resulted in great benefits for both you and your students, including:

  • Freedom from high costs. OER is zero-cost to students.
  • No mandated edition changes. OER gives you full control over the content.
  • Materials are customizable according to your specific teaching needs. OER is openly-licensed for you to use.
  • No restrictions on access. OER is available to all students from day one and beyond. No time limits.

Want to learn more?

Textbook Cost: $0 infographic showing Fall 2017 figures: 289 Textbook Cost: $0 courses; 5300+ enrollment; 27% of total courses at Leeward are Textbook Cost: $0. Breakdown of courses by division. Leading divisions with OER courses are Social Sciences, Language Arts, Arts & Humanities & Math & Sciences

View this infographic online at https://magic.piktochart.com/output/24165646-textbook-cost-0-fall-2017-copy

9/12/17: Infographic updated to use the correct name for the Business division.

September 11, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Student Wish List for the Library

Student Library Wish List

Last week, the circulation staff put out an interactive white board asking patrons to write suggestions to improve the library.  We have received some interesting–but useful–suggestions!  Currently, the top 3 needs are:

  1. More study spaces/tables
  2. More computers
  3. More food options

We appreciate the patrons’ enthusiasm in participating and will consider their suggestions.  The board is still on display waiting to be filled with more comments!

September 11, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Library Aide I – Federal Work Study

We still have Federal Work Study positions open in the library!  If you come into contact with students in search of campus jobs and have been awarded Federal Work Study, we have posted a job ad in SECE .  If they have any questions, they can contact Kale directly  (x209 or kalekona@hawaii.edu).

September 2, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Sustainability Committee

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On Friday, September 1st, Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian, called the first Sustainability Committee meeting of the Fall semester. A few items on the agenda included campus composting, an ongoing search for a student sustainability coordinator, adopting a campus garden, and planning upcoming events such as Global Climate Change Week (Oct. 9-15) and “Leeward Battle of the Buildings”–each building will compete to see who has used the least electricity in October compared to the usage data collected in September.  Natalie will also hold a Library Learning Series session – Green Library Resources, October 19th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.Kapunawai.

The Sustainability Committee is open to all faculty, staff, and students and its goal is to make our community more sustainable!  If you need more information, would like to join or support the committee in some way–please contact Natalie Wahl (nwahl@hawaii.edu).  The next committee meeting will be Friday, September 22nd, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Kapunawai.  We hope to see you there!

September 2, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Best Sellers Collection

Are you excited a new book is about to be released soon?  Let us know so we can add it in our Best Sellers collection!

The Best Sellers Collection is a rotating collection comprised of popular books covering a variety of genres that have been recently published. The library encourages everyone to submit suggestions on titles, series, authors, and genres to contribute to building our collection.  If you are interested in making suggestions, please contact An Hollowell (ahollowe@hawaii.edu), and she will let you know on its availability and when it arrives.

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