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New Furniture

November 29, 2018 by Wayde Oshiro | 0 comments

Thanks to Campus Innovation Funds, the library recently purchased new furniture to enhance the learning environment for our students.

Brody WorkLounges

Our plan was to install two individual privacy booths [New Window] which would offer students a completely private space for studying, making phone calls, or even conducting video interviews.  After a failed RFQ, I reached out to Sandy Maeda for assistance. You might recall that Sandy brought in vendors to display their furniture on campus a while back. One of the products displayed was the Steelcase Brody Worklounge [New Window]. With her expert help, we purchased and installed 5 semi-enclosed private workspaces on the 3rd floor. Each study pod provides ergonomic seating, adjustable work surfaces, integrated power, personal LED task lamp, and a footrest.

The Brody Worklounges are proving popular with our students. They give off a modern feel and are very comfortable. One student commented that the worklounge was like sitting in “first-class!”

Learning Commons New Shelving

The Learning Commons is a very busy place with over 1,100 people entering the space on a typical day. The open floor plan and mobile furniture offer a lot of flexibility for students wanting to meet in small groups. Generally, our library staff doesn’t monitor the noise level unless it becomes excessive, which has occurred during several periods in the past. A regular comment in the Library’s Annual User Surveys [New Window] is that the Learning Commons is too noisy.

Our new radius-style mobile shelving is meant to address several issues, including excessive noise. A common occurrence on the 3rd floor is to hear students talking loudly as they climb the stairs but immediately lower their voices upon seeing the book stacks. Students entering the Learning Commons will see bookshelves on the main floor for the first time. The presence of books serves as a visual cue that they’re now in a library and should behave accordingly.

Another issue concerns the library and its whereabouts. It’s not uncommon for first-year students and visitors to ask the staff at the Circulation Desk, “Where is the library?” The Library is a Learning Commons partner and library staff manage the Learning Commons area, yet it’s not apparent to the uninitiated that there is a library and they’re in it. The bookshelves create a visible link between the upstairs library and the Learning Commons. Moving two smaller collections (Best Sellers and ESL) gives these books increased visibility. According to our daily and annual survey comments, some students do not know we had any recreational books. Now, it’s right in front of them!

It’s not clear from the photo but the new shelves are modular and are on wheels. The present configuration creates a semi-enclosed space on the reverse side where we’ve placed a study table – a secluded space in a sea of activity. In the future, the shelving will be pulled apart and moved as our needs change. Don’t be surprised when library staff changes it up from time to time.

College Resources Collection

Lastly, we also created a College Resources collection which is displayed on the shelf next to the KIC scanning station (across from the new bookshelves). This non-circulating collection provides information/resources on financial aid, four-year colleges, and majors. We have always had these books but they were “hidden” in our Reference Collection. This is a new initiative to highlight little-known titles from our collections.

December 2018 Best Sellers

November 29, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Here’s what’s new in our Best Sellers collection:

After The Fire Am I There Yet? Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation The Lunar Chronicles: Arch Enemies Court of Shadows: A House of Furies Novel Empress of all Seasons The Female Persuasion The Mars Room: A Novel Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations Red Clocks: A Novel The Lunar Chronicles: Renegades There There: A Novel Together We Rise: The Women's March

Click on the book’s image to place a hold on it in our Voyager catalog! For instructions on placing a hold on a library item, click here [New Window].

If you are anticipating a new release or have a suggestion, please fill out our Best Sellers suggestion form [New Window]!

Other Reminders . . .

November 29, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Library Extended Hours

The last day of instruction is Thursday, December 6th, but we will continue to host library extended hours and offer study snacks until Thursday, December 13th! Please encourage your students to drop by the library Monday – Thursday, 4:00-8:30 p.m., to get study snacks! Snacks are funded by Student Government.

Partners in Development Toy Drive Instagram Post

Our toy drive for Partners in Development (PIDF)’s Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program [New Window] ends this Friday, December 7th. Please consider donating a new/unwrapped toy for children ages 5 and under.

Mahalo for your support!

Finals Countdown Kick-Off!

November 28, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Finals Countdown Snacks

We kicked off Finals Countdown this week with Library Extended Hours, KiMOBEAN Extended Hours, Focused Workshops at the Writing Center, and faculty review sessions/office hours! Please promote our events to your students!

There’s still time and space! If you would like to host a review session, office hours, or an event, please fill out our Finals Countdown Space Request Form [New Window].

For more information about Finals Countdown and event schedules, please view our Finals Countdown page [New Window].

Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) Ka Pa’alana Holiday Toy Drive

November 28, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Toy Donation Box

We are collecting as many new/unwrapped toys as we can! The toys will be distributed to the Partners in Development Ka Pa‘alana Program [New Window], which serves homeless and at-risk families on the Leeward Coast. Toys should be geared towards pre-school children, ages 5 and under. The drive ends Friday, December 7th.

This will be the library’s last 50 Acts of Service event for the year.

If you have any questions, please contact An Hollowell ( or x301).


In Remembrance of December 7, 1941

November 28, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Friday, December 7, 2018 marks the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Because our campus is right next to this sacred battleground, James Fujita, Associate Professor of History, was inspired to display his Pearl Harbor memorabilia. If you haven’t seen his display yet, please come by!

The FC Period starts next week!

November 19, 2018 by An | 0 comments

Finals Countdown Fall 2018

Finals Countdown [New Window] begins next week! Please spread the word to the students!

What we currently have planned:

  • Library Extended Hours
  • KiMOBEAN Extended Hours
  • Faculty Review Sessions and Office Hours
  • Focused Workshops offered by the Writing Center
  • 10 Minute Talks – Library Research Support Sessions
  • De-Stressing Activities
  • Snacks funded by Student Government

If you would like to host an event during Finals Countdown, please fill out this form: [New Window].

50 Acts of Service: Ka Pa‘alana Holiday Toy Drive

November 19, 2018 by An | 0 comments

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Ka Pa‘alana Holiday Toy Drive
Dates: November 26 – December 7
Location: Learning Commons’ Main Entrance
Contact: An Hollowell

The library is hosting a holiday toy drive for the Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program [New Window], which serves homeless and at-risk families on the Leeward Coast. The drive begins Monday, November 26th.

Please consider donating a toy, two, or more so we can ensure each child participating in this program has a gift for the holidays. Toy donations should be geared towards pre-school children ages 5 and under. We are aiming for 150 toys!

Mahalo for your support and Happy Holidays!

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