Global Perspectives on the United States will enable US citizens to see their country through the eyes of others, providing useful information for international encounters and interactions, both personal and professional, in this interconnected world. For students and professionals elsewhere in the world, it is an essential source of background and comparative information that will help put current events into a deeper and broader context. The many, varied voices of the contributors, conveying perspectives of people from nations in all sorts of circumstances, spanning the spectrum of relations with the United States (from friendly intimacy to open hostility), will, we hope, help Americans and others see the world through clearer eyes.
Excerpt from an article found in the section on US Values:
Americans have always believed that they are a special people with a special destiny. This is the essence of American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States is set apart from other nations by its unique national character and a global mission to spread the values of freedom and democracy. Americans have embraced this national myth for more than two centuries. It holds that the Americans possess trademark qualities of rugged individualism and entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to fight for democratic principles, and a strong sense of morality and idealism. These qualities are coupled with the belief that the United States is endowed with a special responsibility to serve as a global champion of liberal and democratic values….
We’ve added many new e-resources over the past year. The current objectives are to ensure that faculty awareness of these resources is high and to monitor and evaluate usage before our next renewal.
Total expenditures for library resources increased by 28% since 2016. Expenditures for e-resources are up 42%.
Print periodical subscriptions decreased as more titles were purchased in digital formats. Book volume counts hold steady for now but will begin a slow downward trend as more outdated volumes are removed than new volumes are acquired.
Online article downloads fell from the previous year but remain higher than 2011. The cause for this decline is unknown at this time. We’ll learn if this is a trend once we tally the counts for the past year. Circulation of physical items (books and equipment) continued a downward trend and are below the 2011 level. Despite the declining numbers Leeward still circulates more items than any other UHCC campus. In 2015, 46% of total circulation volume for Oahu UHCC campuses happened at Leeward.
It might not be a surprise to learn that the US doesn’t provide any paid parental leave for fathers since we’re one of just two countries not providing paid leave to new mothers. What might surprise you is the country that offers the most paid leave for fathers. Guess where? Go to the Statista page, “Where Fathers Get the Most Paid Parental Leave” to find out.
Statista is a database providing over 1 million statistics from 18,000 sources. Charts, graphs, and infographics are exportable in PNG, PPT, or XLS formats, and can be embedded in websites with auto-generated HTML codes. Thousands of dossiers and reports on companies, industries, and countries are available as PDFs. Ask a librarian if you have any questions about Statista.
JoVE Science Education is a database of video demonstrations teaching science fundamentals such as laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Learn more about JoVE and how you can create quizzes at the JoVE User’s Guide.
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.