Are you looking to catch up on your reading during Spring Break? Have you been meaning to read something but haven’t had the time to order it from Amazon or pick it up at the public library? Well, look no further than your campus library.
The Library has two curated collections of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles for your reading pleasure:
Bestsellers Collection: Print collection located on the 3rd floor. Come up and browse!
Overdrive Collection: If you have an e-reader, take a look at our newest e-book collection of fiction and non-fiction titles. It’s an interesting mix of titles. You can access Overdrive from our website. Click the E-Books button and select Overdrive from the list of e-book collections. See screenshots below.
Note: Off-campus access requires UH login credentials. Select Leeward Community College as your library to access our collection.
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first peer-reviewed science video journal. The Library has started a limited access trial to JoVE’s Science Education Database which provides nearly 1,000 videos covering scientific fundamentals. Easy to understand video demonstrations on laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Watch this short video to learn more.
For more info about JoVE and Leeward’s trial access, see last week’s blog post.
Just in time for the Holi festival celebrated by Hindus around the world, the World Religions database is available to all Leeward users. Click here to access.
World Religions main page
The Infobase World Religions database was acquired by the Library after receiving positive feedback from religion faculty members during our recent database trial. World Religions can be accessed from the Library’s homepage.
Library website (www.leeward.hawaii.edu/library) showing the Research Databases button view and database drop-down menu.
Contact me or any librarian to learn more about our research databases and other electronic resources.
ProQuest News & Newspapers, an important resource for accessing full text article content from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Advertiser, and Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers was recently replaced by a new database.
US West Newsstream (also by ProQuest) is the new database for accessing articles from the Honolulu dailies. In addition, US West Newsstream also includes coverage from 270 news sources from Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Contact a librarian if you have any questions about database access or content.
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first peer-reviewed science video journal. The Library has started a limited access trial to JoVE’s Science Education Database which provides nearly 1,000 videos covering scientific fundamentals. Easy to understand video demonstrations on laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. View a short video describing how JoVE is used in the classroom.
The collections available during this trial
Basic Biology – General Laboratory Techniques, Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Essentials of Biology 1: yeast, Drosophila and C. elegans, and Essentials of Biology 2: Mouse, Zebrafish, and Chick
Advanced Biology – Essentials of Neuroscience, Essentials of Developmental Biology, Essentials of Genetics, and Essentials of Cell Biology
Psychology – Essentials of Behavioral Science, Essentials of Experimental Psychology, Essentials of Cognitive Psychology, and Essentials of Developmental Psychology
Environmental Sciences – Essentials of Environmental Science, Essentials of Environmental Microbiology, and Essentials of Earth Science
Chemistry – Essentials of General Chemistry, Essentials of Organic Chemistry, and Essentials of Analytical Chemistry
Trial ended. World Religions is now available for all Leeward users. Click here.
The Infobase World Religions database provides historical and contemporary coverage of major world religions and spiritual movements. World Religions is not a comprehensive religion resource. It offers access to concise articles on each religion, select primary source materials, sacred texts, music clips, and videos. Supplemental resources include images of religious art, architecture, and rituals; historical timelines; maps and graphs; and a calendar of religious holidays and observances.
Students can use World Religions as a gateway to exploring religion-related topics in a structured and unbiased manner, or as a resource for maps and images that can be used to provide a finishing touch on their research assignments.
With the upcoming national celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday on January 16th, this Kanopy film has excerpts of some of his most eloquent and inspiring speeches. He speaks of the rights of all people to achieve racial equality through ‘protest without violence’. He felt empowered by the Christian faith and influenced by the demonstrations of Gandhi.
In the 11-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2500 times, wherever there was a need to contest injustice and racial prejudice. Kanopy offers other films on this brilliant orator and writer.
In Fall 2016 the library initiated a new resource acquisition model with the purchase of selected course readings in electronic format and making them available to students at no cost. This new library initiative is in support of the UHCC strategic goal to implement OER to replace most textbooks by 2021.
The project started by identifying the books students were required to purchase for their classes. The process involved scanning the bookstore’s Fall 2016 Textbook List and selecting the non-textbook course readings.
Why did we ignore traditional textbooks? Libraries cannot purchase textbooks as e-books with campus-wide electronic access or share the access codes.
The 80 non-textbook titles were then searched for by library staff in our Voyager library catalog. We discovered 6 titles which were already available electronically in one of our existing e-book collections. We informed faculty of the immediate availability of these titles.
The next step was to check our e-book vendors to identify titles we could purchase. At the same time, we started a new e-book service called Overdrive partly in support of this project. We identified 18 titles that we could purchase as e-books. The majority of the publishers did not provide an option for unlimited user access (our ideal) so we were left to purchase individual copies of each title. In the end, we purchased a total of 18 titles (or 53 copies) for $1,685.
But the title is available in the Kindle store. Why can’t the library just purchase a copy? Yes, titles may be available in one of several e-book stores for individual purchase but it wouldn’t work for the library. Individual purchases are tied to a single user account and access cannot be shared. We must purchase e-books which can be made available to all authenticated Leeward users. Overdrive is our e-book platform that supports both the Kindle format and UH user authentication. However, Overdrive focuses on non-academic titles so we cannot rely on it exclusively.
As you can see, this was not a straightforward process nor is every single title available as an e-book. Even the titles we could purchase limited access to 3-5 concurrent users or had a one copy/one user restriction. These are publisher imposed limits. The Online Course Reserves project is only a partial solution to the problem of student access to course materials.
We plan to continue this project into the new year. If you would like the library to purchase an e-book to support your course, please submit your request using the online Course Reserves Purchase Request Form. If the e-book is available, we will purchase up to 5 copies and let you know when they are available to your students.