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September 24, 2017
by An Hollowell
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Banned Books Week (September 24-30)

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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 http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks

August 28, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro
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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 waydeo@hawaii.edu.

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.

October 26, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Unacceptable Behavior in the Learning Commons

For the past month, certain individuals have been wreaking havoc in the Learning Commons and behaving in ways unexpected of college-level students. Examples of this unacceptable behavior:

  • Acting extremely raucous – to the point that other students complain or leave the facility
  • Playing guitars and ukuleles
  • Throwing items across the room
  • Knocking furniture over
  • Standing on top of furniture
  • Blasting music
  • Despite numerous warnings, consistently eating food items that are prohibited in the facility (Library’s Food & Drink Policy)

Library staff have been struggling to correct these individuals’ behavior and to re-establish the Learning Commons as a resource for ALL, not just for a small minority that are dominating the space and making it unwelcoming to others. Please consider discussing the problem with your students and going over the rules below. We thank you for your assistance.

For more information, please read our Acceptable Behavior Policy.

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June 30, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Printing News

In an effort to streamline our overall printing process, we will be utilizing a new print management system. Here’s what you need to know.

Who?
This affects everyone that prints at the Library.

What?
The new printing system (Pharos) will replace our old printing system (GoPrint).

When?
The process will start this week and will be entirely implemented by August 14.

Actions to Take
If you’ve printed at the Library in the past using a print card, you will need to deplete the balance on that card by August 14. It costs $0.08 to print out one black/white page with the print card. We will not issue refunds for leftover funds and the card will no longer work after August 14. Please spread the word to your colleagues and students.

*Additional information about the new system and how it works will be released in the coming weeks.

May 6, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Keahiahi Long, Hawaiian/Pacific Resource Librarian

IMG_5687Please help us to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our team, Keahiahi Long!

Keahiahi Sharon Long graduated from the Library and Information Science program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in December of 2014. As a student, she was involved with Na Hawai’i Imi Loa, a graduate student organization aimed at strengthening the Native Hawaiian presence in the field of Library and Information Science. She was also a Graduate Research Assistant at the Laka me Lono Resource Center at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. In May 2014, Keahiahi was selected as a Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow, and she spent three months focusing on the preservation of dance materials in libraries and archives. Keahiahi also holds bachelor’s degrees in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies from UH-Manoa.

Keahiahi‘s strengths include specialized content knowledge, language proficiency, collaborative experience in academic settings, technology skills, and her engaging teaching style.

Keahiahi, what do you hope to accomplish here at Leeward CC?

I’m so excited and so humbled to be part of the Leeward CC community.  I’m greatly looking forward to connecting with everyone on campus in an effort to provide the best resources to our students, staff, and faculty.  I also want to contribute to Leeward CC’s commitment to serving Native Hawaiian students and to creating a Hawaiian place of learning.

We are all so excited to see what Keahiahi will accomplish here! Keahiahi can be reached at 455-0390 or at keahiahi@hawaii.edu.

April 21, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Earth Week at Leeward CC Library

IMG_5668Join us as we honor Mother Earth. In addition to this bright and beautiful display, we will be showing a different earth-themed movie each day at noon!

Tuesday: An Inconvenient Truth
Former V.P. Al Gore explains global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warming have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause.

Wednesday: Planet Earth (Disc 5 – “The Future”)
Rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.

Thursday: No Impact Man
A writer decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible.

IMG_5670Lastly, join us on Wednesday for our first “Seed Share” Social. Organized by Natalie Kahn, Tara Rojas, and Daniela Elliott, there will be a table on the Library concourse from 10-2. Stop by and see what they’ve been working on!

These new collections of FREE SEEDS have been prepared for Leeward CC student, staff, faculty, and community patrons! The seeds, which include heirloom red okra, cilantro, kabocha, Roselle hibiscus (for tea), Pigeon peas, Parda beans, and Hawaiian chili pepper, have all been propagated here on campus, and are ideal for planting in our area this time of year.
Our hope is that the Seed Share collaboration between the library, campus agriculture, and class curriculum will inspire and enable our Leeward Ohana to grow food locally and share seeds and information with others to support a more sustainable food system.
To learn about seed saving, go to http://guides.leeward.hawaii.edu/sustainability

April 14, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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National Library Week

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This week!
1. If you currently have any overdue books in your possession, we will forgive $1 of your fine for each canned good you bring in. Canned goods will be donated to the Hawaii Food Bank Drive.
2. Vote! We have a selection of 21 Bestseller books. Vote on your favorite. We will add the top 5 to our collection! The selections can be found near the 2nd floor Circulation Desk.

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March 16, 2015
by Carina Chernisky
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Soledad Lencinas, Library Intern

IMG_0721The Library is happy to introduce our newest intern, Soledad Lencinas, a graduate student at UH-Manoa. Soledad has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Montclair State University, and is currently working towards her Master’s in Library & Information Science from UH-Manoa. She hopes to earn her degree in 2016. Soledad is interested in all aspects of librarianship, and many of you may have had the pleasure of having her assist with library instruction for your students. Soledad will be interning with the Leeward CC Library throughout the duration of the Spring 2015 semester.

Soledad can be reached at msbl@hawaii.edu

Soledad, what do you hope to accomplish during your time here at Leeward CC?

I am very pleased to be doing an internship at Leeward Community College library this semester. I am thankful for having the opportunity to work at a library that is so genuinely committed to its community.
As a library intern, I look forward to helping the library maintain that commitment to the Leeward CC community by working with staff members to improve library services for faculty and students. Also, I wish to help students and faculty meet their information needs by connecting them with resources they need to succeed in their academic endeavors.

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