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New OverDrive e-Books This Spring

April 2, 2018 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

New electronic book titles added to the OverDrive database.

If you are interested in any of these titles below, click on the image to access the e-book’s Hawai’i Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive.

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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.

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
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