Library News and Much More!

January 10, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

More Than Academics

The Library’s mission is to provide an information-rich, learner-centered environment fostering discovery, critical thinking, and innovation in support of academic achievement, student success, and lifelong learning.  While our services and resources will always be focused on supporting classroom instruction, in recent years, we have acquired new resources that support the personal and intellectual growth and well-being of the entire campus.  If you haven’t taken a look at what we have to offer, here’s what you’re missing-

  • News junkies:  New York Times Online.  Full access to online content with the Academic Pass.  Learn how to create your account here.
  • Magazine connoisseurs:  Flipster digital magazines optimized for tablet and smartphones.  Nearly 40 titles and growing. If you don’t see a title you want to read let us know.  Submit your requests here.
  • Bookworms:  As a library we’ve always had books but we acquired few bestsellers or trade fiction and non-fiction titles. Our Bestsellers collection is for dedicated fans of the printed book.  Go to the 3rd floor to browse this collection. Suggest an author and we’ll be on the lookout for new releases.  Submit your requests here.
  • E-book enthusiasts:  Our Overdrive e-book platform is optimized for tablets, e-readers, and smartphones.  Find a variety of personal growth, health and well-being, bestsellers, and Dummies titles here.  This is a growing collection and we are always open to suggestions.  Submit your requests here.
  • Documentary lovers:  The Kanopy video platform provides online streaming access to thousands of full-length documentaries, foreign films and classic movies.  New releases abound!
  • Data nerds:  Statista offers over 1 million statistics from over 18,000 sources.  Charts, graphs, and tables are exportable in several formats.  Illustrate your reports and posters with ready-made infographics.
  • IT experts:  Enhance your skills and retain your certifications by using our Safari Online collection of IT and computer science manuals.  Includes desktop and web applications, computer programming, digital media, and more.

Everything I’ve mentioned here and much more is found on our homepage at  Enjoy!


December 21, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian

natOur very own Natalie Wahl has stepped into the role of Instruction Librarian!

Natalie Wahl has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from San Bernardino Community College, a B.A. in Anthropology from Cal State San Bernardino, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Natalie was the Circulation Manager at the Leeward CC Library since July 2012, and has served as the APT Group and Sustainability Committee Facilitator, Finals Countdown Chair, a member of the Discovery Fair Committee and Team CARE, and was one of the first cohorts of the Leadership Excellence Program. Natalie has also been a volunteer for Special Olympics Hawai’i since 2014.

Natalie, what do you hope to accomplish in this position?

As Instruction Librarian, I hope to continue the hard work of my predecessors to grow our Information Literacy Program to include new departments and divisions, create tools to help patrons develop strong online reasoning skills, and to promote the library’s role in shaping a more sustainable campus and patron community through tools, resources, and workshops.

We are excited to see what accomplishments Natalie will continue to make. Natalie can be reached at 455-0673 or at

December 14, 2016
by eileens

New Mini Free Library

15542414_1225916044141742_21230243205973976_nCome and check out the Leeward CC Library’s Mini Free Library!  You can take a book and/or return a book to help spread the joy of reading. Our Mini Free Library is located near the front entrance of the library on the circulation counter. Book donations are welcome.

Our inspiration for this service was the popular Little Free Library. More information about this organization can be found here.

December 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Our Experiences @ the 2016 HLA Conference

2016 Hawaii Library Association conference logoThe 2016 Hawaii Library Association Conference on the Big Island was a opportunity for Leeward’s librarians to hear from a nationally-recognized expert in the library community, share best practices, discover new products and services, and network with our colleagues from across the State.  This year, Leeward was again well-represented in the conference schedule with our librarians presenting six sessions.

Are You Open Today? A Simple JavaScript Project Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian

Ralph: “We wanted the new library website to show the current day’s hours of service, but only if the displayed hours could change automatically on holidays. I shared the solution I came up with because it was a great project for a novice JavaScript programmer to understand, implement, and adapt to other uses.”

Comments from attendees:

“Was great to see code that I can use on my own site – no re-inventing the wheel ! It was also helpful to know that there are variations that can be used to express library hours in several ways.”

“Ralph was very forthcoming and informative about his process and how he constructed the java script. Will try to implement for my own library website!”

Management of Ebooks: Acquisition, Cataloging and AccessJue Wang, Technical Services Librarian

Comments from attendees:

Jue had a very good grasp of the subject matter.”

I learned about the different issues that need to be taken into account when acquiring e-books for the library. The presentation was well-organized and covered the topic in a concise manner.”

I learned about all the cataloging and management concerns with E-books.”

Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen Natalie Wahl, Circulation Services Manager and Daniela Dutra-Elliott, Instructor in Botany and Horticulture

Natalie: “I especially enjoyed co-presenting “Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen” with Dr. Daniela Dutra-Elliott. Many of our attendees were representing public librarianship, which is a population I do not typically have the opportunity to collaborate. They were a wonderful audience, and offered many interesting thoughts and ideas after our presentation.”

Comments from attendees:

“This session reminds me of a friend who caught his fish, photographed, cooked and consumed it, & later painted the fish. Students propagate the seeds, read about, select, design & package them & distribute through the library.” 

“Awesome! Great content, enthusiastic presenters, and even goodies to take home!  Loved it, can’t wait to get a seed library for our branch!”

“They clearly worked well together and are very passionate about the project. I think it’s really inspiring how they are tying in a library program with multiple departments on campus and working towards a no waste facility.”

Changing Faces: The Journey to a New Leeward Community College Library Website – Carina Chernisky, Public Services Specialist, Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, and Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian

Web Team (Carina, Wayde, Ralph):  Mission accomplished!!!

Comments from attendees:

“This session was very informative on their process to a new website which turned out beautiful. The presenters were very engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed this panel.”

“I enjoyed learning about the process that LCC followed. Seeing a real-world example of a site redesign will be very helpful for my own redesign.”

“It was fascinating (if not a little daunting, haha) to learn the whole process by which LCC went about redesigning their website, and how much time and effort went into the whole process. It is a good eye opener for anyone who thinks that web design (or any type of project) should be easy and straightforward; there is often a lot more to do and a lot more potential challenges and obstacles than one might expect.”

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa: Navigating Hawaiian Librarianship – Keahiahi Long, Librarian-Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Shavonn Matsuda-Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Keikilani Meyer, Librarian-Chaminade University of Honolulu, Annemarie Paikai-former Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System & NEW Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian-Leeward Community College), and Kapena Shim, Hawaii Specialist Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Annemarie: “It was exciting to co-present at HLA about Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa.  Overall we had great feedback and I personally feel more motivated than ever to continue the work we have started with this organization, especially now that I am representing Leeward as well.” 

Comments from attendees:

“I appreciated the discussion of how the group debated issues as they were developing their bylaws and operating procedures.”

“Excellent session. Future LIS leaders for Hawai’i. Can’t wait to see where these young professionals will be in the next 5-10 years.”

“I was surprised that it took this long for an Indigenous Hawaiian Library Association to form. Did not know it was an issue. I am glad that it formed and that they are all very enthusiastic and learned.”

“I so appreciate and applaud this energetic group of professionals who see the importance of promoting and supporting Hawaiian librarianship”

Check Us Out! New Services at Our Libraries – Becky DeMartini, Head of Instructional Services-BYUH, Zoia Falevai, Reference Librarian-BYUH, Justin Marshall, Systems Librarian-BYUH, and Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian-Leeward Community College

Wayde:  “I was invited by BYUH to join them on a presentation highlighting new services at our libraries. I shared our new mobile printing service ( as well as the small projects we’ve implemented to improve the overall student experience such as additional power options, mobile device charging stations, and low-cost furniture options. I was blown away by the amazing new technology and furniture at the Joseph F. Smith Library.  We’re scheduled to visit their library this month so we can see all their cool stuff in action.

After the conference we were ready for some fun.  All of us took advantage of the long weekend to explore Hilo and the surrounding areas and eat ʻono food!

Panoramic image of Hilo Bay

Hilo Bay, from the Grand Naniloa Hotel.

November 28, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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Annemarie Paikai, Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian

4vr6bndvh34uhspbpvllgtg3wccgkmvg-ptafxh6pkeq1zr2rcnjj9tdutbwmcee26cjg9y7hpdtfbcw1280-h658The Library is happy to welcome Annemarie Paikai to our team as our new Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian. We are excited to work with Annemarie and hope that you will help us to welcome her to the Leeward CC campus.

Annemarie Aweau Paikai has a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and a Master’s in Library & Information Science (MLISc) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Annemarie has worked in a variety of archival and library repositories including the National Park Service, the Hula Preservation Society, the Hawaiian Historical Society, and the Hawaiʻi State Library’s Hawaiʻi and Pacific collection. She is currently serving as a board member for Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of Hawaiian knowledge systems, services, and research in the library and information science profession.

Annemarie, what do you hope to accomplish in your position here at Leeward CC?

I am thrilled to be joining the Leeward CC ʻohana! What excites me about this campus is the clear commitment to perpetuate a thriving academic and collaborative community. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with the students, faculty, and staff here at Leeward. In an effort to contribute to the advancement of the educational goals of our Native Hawaiian students, I as the Hawaiʻi and Pacific Resource Librarian, hope to provide support and instruction in such a capacity that helps students have access to the services and resources that they need to succeed.   

Annemarie can be reached at 455-0390 or at I Mua!

November 22, 2016
by Carina Chernisky
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Flipster is the Library’s new online newsstand for popular magazines. This collection currently contains 37 different magazines! Let us know which titles you’d like us to consider by submitting your request here. You can access Flipster via its carousel on our homepage, or by clicking here. For offline reading, download the Flipster mobile app available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Popular titles:screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-8-33-12-am
Clean Eating
Consumer Reports
Food + Travel Magazine
Men’s Health
Motor Trend
The New Yorker
Popular Science
Surfing Magazine
Vanity Fair
Vegetarian Times
W Magazine
….and many more!

September 27, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Banned Books Week 2016: Defend Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is upon us! Censorship affects all of us and is an issue that continues to exist today. Educate yourself on the issues and remain aware.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the Library will be hosting short readings from challenged/banned books every day this week at 1 pm in the Learning Commons general seating area. We hope to see you there.

In America, the top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Read it as an e-book via Overdrive.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
    *Borrow it from the Library today!
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).


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