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Sorry! Kanopy is resting

March 20, 2018 by Wayde Oshiro | 0 comments

Kanopy’s recent popularity is thrilling but it has come at a price. Unfortunately, we’ve spent down our entire account for the year and we can no longer support the patron-driven acquisition model, i.e. click and view. In fact, Kanopy has placed our account on pause mode. The result is that the convenient PDA model is now a somewhat less convenient librarian-mediated model.

The Kanopy PDA Model

The Kanopy PDA model is based on the number of triggers a film receives. A trigger is equal to a single viewing of a film for more than 30 seconds. On the fifth viewing, the film is “triggered” and a purchase is made. The purchased film is licensed for unlimited campuswide use for one calendar year. The trigger happens behind the scenes and the viewer is unaware when a film is triggered.

When it works as intended, the vast majority of films viewed by individuals will not trigger a purchase. This model gives our patrons access to thousands of quality films for free. We’ve been using Kanopy since 2016 and allocated funds based on the first year’s use. This year, usage has increased in a way that we failed to anticipate and this is how we’ve found ourselves in this situation today. Kanopy is not going away, but it won’t be an on-demand service for the time being.

The Kanopy Mediated Model

Kanopy title browsing remains the same. When it comes time to view a film, this request form will appear instead. Please fill out this form and in your message, specify the use (in-class screening, individual viewing for assignment, etc.) and a need by date. Once received, the librarian may email you for additional information before the library purchases the film.

Sample Kanopy request form

What do I do if I’ve already assigned a film this semester?

Submit the request form ASAP. The turnaround period is unknown at this time, but we will do our best to fast-track your request and purchase the film. We will let you know if we cannot meet your deadline.

Is a film I viewed yesterday available for viewing tomorrow?

Probably not. Unless you triggered the film, meaning you were the 5th person to view it, the film you watched yesterday is no longer available.

Is there a way to see which films have been triggered already?

Kanopy doesn’t allow you to filter the collection by licensed (triggered) titles. If want to see a complete list of available films, please contact Jue Wang, Technical Services Librarian, She will be able to forward a current list of licensed films. These are the only titles currently available for on-demand viewing on Kanopy.

How long are triggered films available?

From the trigger date (purchase date) the film is available for one calendar year.

What do I do if I want to assign a film for next semester?

Submit your request. The earlier the better so that we can budget for it. We will try to accommodate your requests as best as we can.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Wayde Oshiro,

Jue Wang,

Please feel free contact me or Jue. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and your students. I promise that we’ll do our best to answer your questions and to fulfill your requests. Mahalo!


The next BIG LIBRARY READ is almost here!

March 19, 2018 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

Coming soon…

Take part in a global reading adventure!

Big Library Read is the global e-book club facilitated by OverDrive where you can read the same e-book with other readers from around the world.

Watch for more information in April.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our OverDrive database collection of e-books.

March 19, 2018
by Wayde Oshiro

Comparing OER to New Textbook Delivery Models & HSSI

To help everyone understand the quickly evolving textbook landscape, the Leeward OER Campus Committee [New Window] developed a side-by-side comparison of OER with the new textbook delivery models now available: IDAP and Cengage Unlimited.

OER vs IDAP vs Cengage Comparison Chart [New Window]

The chart compares the three models for providing course materials and highlights the beneficial features to instructors and students.

Going to HSSI?

The upcoming HSSI will have sessions presenting all three models. As a new Open Textbook Network [New Window] member, the UHCC system invited David Ernst, OTN Executive Director, and Sarah Cohen, OTN Managing Director, to the conference.

Sarah is presenting a session on March 28th on engaging students in the development of open education programs. On Thursday, March 29th, Dave and Sarah are leading an all-day workshop for OER advocates. At the same time, Leanne Riseley, Junie Hayashi, and Wayde Oshiro are offering a condensed version of Leeward’s Go Open, Go Free Using OER training for faculty and staff.

Wednesday, March 28, 1:40-2:40pm

Room 317B

“Engaging Students in Building OER Programs”

Sarah Cohen, Open Textbook Network

Campuses have made successful cases for building open education programs. But does that mean that our campus communities are connected this work? This workshop will share examples from around the nation of how campuses are connecting their students to their open education programs. In so doing, we ensure greater commitment and impact, new ways of building sustainable open education programs.

Sarah Cohen is the Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network. Her work focuses on building a community of institutions who share strategies to successful open education programming. UHCC System has joined the 600 plus institutions who constitute the Open Textbook Network.

Thursday March 29, 9:30am-4:30pm

Room 7-532 

OTN workshop (UHCC OER trainers)

Sarah Cohen and Dave Ernst, Open Textbook Network 

OTN will provide one full day of training for leaders from higher education institutions across UH Community Colleges that will focus on: increasing participants’ familiarity with the nuances related to the issues around open textbook adoption; strengthening presentation capacity for future open textbook workshops; and enhancing open textbook program development.

Thursday March 29, 9:30am-12:30pm

Honolulu CC Library

Go Open, Go Free Using OER

Leanne Riseley, Junie Hayashi, and Wayde Oshiro with Lois-lynn Deuel, Leeward Community College
What’s happening with OER at UHCC? Learn where to find OER, get your questions answered, hear about a faculty member’s eye-opening experience adopting OER, and find out who to contact on your campus for support.

Welcome, Cheryl Urasaki!

March 13, 2018 by An | 0 comments

" "Welcome, Cheryl Urasaki, to Leeward Community College!

Cheryl is our new Academic Support Specialist for electronic resources and technical services. Her first day with us was Thursday, March 1st. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has been fortunate to work in various types of libraries, including medical, special, and academic. She comes to us after a 9-year stint at Hawaiʻi Pacific University Libraries, where she worked as a library assistant, Health Sciences Librarian, and Electronic Resources Librarian.

Cheryl was attracted to Leeward because of the philosophy that “everyone is welcome, and anyone can be a college graduate; you don’t need to have a lot of money, or a perfect academic record. It’s a very supportive environment, and we will do everything we can to help students succeed.” She is grateful to have met many kind and friendly people at Leeward, and feels that the strong sense of community is very special.

Fun fact: Cheryl has 3 children and they got her into K-pop, anime, and manga.

We are extremely lucky to have Cheryl and if you haven’t had the chance to meet her yet, please drop by! Maybe you can discuss K-pop, anime, and manga?

March 8, 2018
by Ralph Toyama

OneSearch and ABI/INFORM: All Systems Go / Library Technology in the 21st Century

We are happy to report that the problem with accessing ABI/INFORM content from OneSearch has been fixed.

These kinds of problems can be tricky to troubleshoot sometimes, because multiple computer systems are working together behind the scenes to make access to our information resources as easy and seamless as possible.

One of those systems is SFX, which keeps track of the publications that we have online access to, whether they are included in a research database package like EBSCOhost or they are individually subscribed. You may have seen SFX mentioned as a tool to look up the periodical titles we have that focus on particular topics. But the really cool thing it does is to allow some of our search tools and databases to retrieve articles from other databases and repositories. OneSearch, which we profiled in our last blog post, does not itself have electronic content, but it uses SFX to retrieve articles from our research databases. SFX makes possible the Find It buttons in EBSCOhost that take you to articles in ScienceDirect. SFX allows Google Scholar, which normally only links to free resources, to also link to articles in the databases we pay for. You can even use SFX’s Fetch Item feature to see if an article you want is available from one or more of our databases. Interested in learning more? Look up “link resolver” (which is what SFX is) and “OpenURL” (which is a data exchange format that allows these different systems to work together).

A system that works entirely behind the scenes is EZproxy. We are required to make sure that only our current students, staff and faculty are able to access our paid-for information resources while they are not on campus. The links to the research databases on our website, as well as the links to articles in SFX, go through EZproxy, which automatically detects whether users are on or off campus. On-campus users get connected directly to the resource. Off-campus users have to log in to get to the resource. EZproxy works with the university’s Central Authentication Service, so you use the same UH username and password to access library resources that you use for other UH services like UH Gmail, Laulima, and MyUH.

Having difficulty accessing any of our databases? Check out our Database Access Help guide.

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