Library News and Much More!

September 24, 2017
by An Hollowell

Banned Books Week (September 24-30)

Photo of Banned Books Week Display

Library Staff:  What would you do if I told you that you could not read your favorite book because it is banned?

Student:  I will fight you!

This week is Banned Books Week!  Each year, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to promote awareness on our freedom to read which is protected by the 1st Amendment of our U.S. Constitution.

The circulation staff created book displays and a Library Learning Series:  Banned Books session (hosted by Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian) was held in the Kapunawai last week.

Books selected for the displays were labeled with quotes of reasons why the books were challenged.  A few passersby who briefly glanced at the displays were compelled to walk to the circulation counter to ask why their favorite books were banned.  The staff explained that the books were not banned and asked, “what if they were?”.  It was amazing to hear their passionate responses!

Come by and check out our displays!  The circulation desk staff will be prepared for any comments and discussions!

For more information about Banned Books Week and viewing lists of frequently challenged titles, go to

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.

July 21, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Library Services 2016-17

(Accessible version)

A dynamic version of this infographic is at

Library services points and hours

Five service points on two campuses provide 145 hours of service each week during the Fall and Spring semesters. That’s a lot of services to students and it’s always with a friendly smile!

Library reference hours at Kapunawai, Halau, and Wai’anae campus are provided by our Hawai’i-Pacific Resources Librarian, a Title III grant funded position.

Total visits to the learning commons

Gate counts record visitors entering the Learning Commons. Total visits = Total Gate Counts ÷ 2.

How many of these visits are to the Kimo Bean Cafe? To learn that we’ll need to find out how many cups of coffee they serve.

Library head counts

Head counts are taken every hour throughout the day. The Library is busiest right before lunchtime and our daily high head count averages around 99 people on two floors.

Head counts are for Library-managed spaces only and exclude Kimo Bean Cafe, Writing Center, and the LRC.

Questions and requests at service desks

Questions and requests are tracked using an online data collection platform. Generated reports provide insights into the types of services requested and overall demand for these services. This information is used to schedule desk coverage and to monitor the impact of changes to operations, services, policies, and procedures.

Circulation at Leeward compared with other UHCC campuses

Our Library circulates more items than any other UHCC campus. In fact, we circulate 44% of all items circulated by all the UHCC campuses on Oahu. Our circulation staff members are busy! That said, there was an 11% decline in items circulated last year. This is a development we will be monitoring closely over the next year.

This was a snapshot of some of the services, activities, and usage at the Library over the past year. A dynamic version of this infographic is at

July 8, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Library Resource Acquisition & Use 2016-17

(Accessible version)

A full-sized version of this infographic is at

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.

A full-sized version of this infographic is at

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.

Skip to toolbar