Library News and Much More!

February 20, 2018
by Wayde Oshiro

Rosetta Stone Trial Available Through March 31st

The library has initiated trial access to the Rosetta Stone Library Solution Plus language learning platform for a limited time. Rosetta Stone Library Solution Plus offers the following:

  • 30 languages (some up to 5 levels);
  • Lessons building reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills;
  • CEFR B1 proficiency for selected languages.

To get started, click here [New Window] to create your 30-day trial account. After creating your Rosetta Stone account your access is good for 30 days, or until March 31st, whichever comes first.

Important Note: Your progress is not saved after the 30-day trial ends.

Your feedback will inform the library’s decision to acquire this resource in the future. Please complete our Trial Database Feedback Form [New Window] to let us know what you think.

November 30, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Mango Languages Demo on December 5th

Mango Languages is an interactive language learning platform supporting 71 foreign languages. A webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th at 12:00 pm. Tony Casali, Mango Languages representative, will provide a 30-40 minute demonstration of the features of this innovative online language learning resource.

The webinar is open to faculty and staff. To attend, please use the following link to register:

November 14, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Are you interested in Mango Languages?

Mango Languages is an interactive language learning platform supporting 71 foreign languages and English for Non-English speakers.

The library will schedule a webinar if there’s interest in learning more about this resource. Reply using this online form:

Reply by Monday, November 20, 2017.


November 7, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Statista Infographics

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Statista is a leading statistics platform based in Hamburg, Germany providing over a million charts, graphs, and infographics from hundreds of credible sources. The intuitive search tool allows students to search for and find statistics on any topic that can be easily incorporated into their assignments.

Here are representative charts published in the Statista Infographics Bulletin:

Infographic: The Most and Least Popular U.S. Senators | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

Infographic: Mass Shootings in America | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

Where can you find Statista off-campus? Go to the library’s homepage at

Select Research Databases. Then open the Select a Database drop-down menu and scroll down.

Screenshot of library homepage

October 24, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Turnitin Testers Wanted

Leeward recently initiated a campus site license to [New Window]. Funding for the $20,328 annual license came about through a Faculty Senate application for Innovation Funds.

As Leeward’s Turnitin site administrator, I am seeking instructors interested in testing the functionality and use of the tool and helping me to configure the platform for the campus. Testing will occur this semester. The vendor will offer a one-time web-based training for us. I will work with volunteer testers to schedule a training in the next 2-3 weeks.

Turnitin campuswide rollout is scheduled for Spring 2018. More information about open enrollment and training opportunities will be shared with the campus at a later date.

As a Turnitin Tester, you agree to:

  • Start exploring and using Turnitin this Fall;
  • Attend the web-based training;
  • Attend one meeting this semester to share feedback;
  • Help plan and facilitate at least one training workshop in Spring 2018;
  • Help assess the effectiveness of Turnitin through a survey or other method of assessment in Spring 2018.

If you’re interested in serving as a Turnitin Tester this Fall, please email me at by October 30, 2017.

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 30, 2015
by Ralph Toyama

Mobile-Friendly Databases and E-Resources

We periodically review our research databases and e-resources to see which ones offer mobile-friendly interfaces. These are listed on our mobile website at under the “Research Tools and E-Publications” link.

To qualify for this list, a database has to present a complete or nearly-complete mobile experience, with the search screen, results list screen, and the article or record display all formatted for mobile devices.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Credo Reference
  • EBSCOhost Research Databases
  • Encylopædia Britannica Online Academic
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Hawaiʻi Voyager Online Library Catalog
  • OneSearch
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • ProQuest Research Companion
  • Science

August 18, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

What’s new for Fall 2015 @ the Library

Welcome back!

While you have been away this summer library faculty and staff have new seating 1been busy working on many projects both inside and outside of the Library.  Here’s what we’ve been up to.

In the Library we continually review and evaluate the print collections to ensure materials are relevant, updated, and accessible. One of the benefits of this effort is that we’ve been able to open up space and add new seating for students.  These seats and more will be filled come next week.  It’s a little change that took a lot of effort but the pay off has been well worth it.

As part of our ongoing process of continuous improvement of services and facilities we’ve relocated our service desks this summer.  The Circulation desk and its functions are now consolidated on the 2nd (main) floor while the Reference desk has moved to the 3rd floor to put the librarians closer to the resources they use.

Throughout it all we’ve been planning and developing some exciting new projects for Native Hawaiian students, working to extend our collaborations across the campus and throughout the UH system, and developing a community outreach program targeting keiki in the community.   To learn more about these projects, please read on.

Hawaiʻi-Pacific Resource Room:  In Fall 2015, the Library will debut the Hawaiʻi Pacific Resource Room, located in LC 203 (formerly the Reference, Research & Reading Room). Read more…

Keiki Reading Program:  To expand outreach to elementary schools in our community and build valuable relationships with various departments on campus, the Leeward CC Library will be debuting a Keiki Reading Program in November 2015.  Read more…

Open Educational Resources Initiative:  A May 2015 survey of OERnearly 1,000 Leeward students found that 55% have NOT purchased a textbook due to cost and 58% use textbooks costs in their decision to register for classes.   Read more…

Seed Share:  The Library is excited to unveil their new collection of FREE SEEDS for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons!  Read more…

Collaboration Mapping Project:  Leah Gazan and Natalie Kahn are exploring the use of data visualization software and platforms to highlight the Library’s existing cross-campus relationships and help identify new opportunities for collaboration.  Read more…

New E-resources:  A 52,000 title ebook collection and an interactive learning platform which guides students through the research process and helps them complete research paper assignments.  Read more…

New Library website in development:  Over the Spring and Summer, we AVS close uphave been working diligently to plan the information architecture of our future website, familiarize ourselves with the capabilities of the new platform, and to bring our vision to life.  Read more…

New Pay-for-Print System:  A new system for printing in the Library and Learning Commons will be installed by the start of the academic year.  Students will release print jobs by scanning their Leeward ID card which will be linked to individual print/copy accounts.  A self-service kiosk for adding value to accounts will be available.  


January 28, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Quality Online Streaming Videos, Part II

Today, nearly 18,000 online videos in three video collections are available at Leeward. Two weeks ago I introduced you to Kanopy, the newest collection of high-quality streaming videos available from the Library.  This week I’d like to reintroduce you to two specialized online video collections.

Ethnographic Video Online:  Volume III, Indigenous Voices

A collection of over 260 documentaries, primary source footage, and feature films from Hawaii, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.  Some notable titles include Slack Key: The Hawaiian Way, Waikiki: Riding the Waves of Change, Keepers of the Flame: The Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women, and Kumu Hina.

Films on Demand

Over 3,500 videos in two collections focusing on History and Careers & Job Search.  The brand-new search platform provides a functional and attractive interface to users. The Subject Index includes an extensive breakdown of collection titles by category.  The Library started with only two subject collections but we’re open to acquiring additional ones.  Just contact us if you like what you see but want more content in your discipline or subject area.

Please have a look at these great video resources because I think you’ll like what you see.  Feel free to share your comments or suggestions with me or any librarian.  We want to hear from you!

January 24, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Save $$ with New e-Resources at Your Library

We’re kicking off our Spring Library Learning Series with a reprise of our convocation breakout session from early January.  If you missed it the first time now’s your chance to catch it again!

  • Tuesday, January 31
  • 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Library, Kapunawai

With Carina Chernisky, Public Services Specialist and Librarians Junie Hayashi, Annemarie Paikai, and Natalie Wahl.

Leeward CC Library staff will show you how new e-resources can support your students and enhance your academic, professional, and personal life.  Featured resources include:

Our next Library Learning Series workshop will be in late February.

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