Library News and Much More!

September 24, 2017
by An Hollowell

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

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.

October 26, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

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.


June 30, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

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.

This affects everyone that prints at the Library.

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

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

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

April 5, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Celebrate National Library Week with us NEXT WEEK!

We have a bunch of fun activities in store for you!
1. Book page art: every day from 8am-12pm in Kapunawai
2. Library Learning Series: new session every day from 12:30-1:30 in Kapunawai
3. Feature Films: new movie every day from 3-5 in the Group Study rooms (free snacks!)Detailed information can be found here:
Win prizes!

Tag us with your own version of bookface art…and you could be one of two people who wins an awesome gift card!

Instagram: /leewardlibrary
Facebook: /leewardcclibrary

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January 5, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Convocation Week — Library Open House

Thursday, January 7 from 9 am – 10:30 am

Revealing New Treasures at Your Library: Streaming videos, Curriculum Builder for Laulima, Ancestry, JSTOR, and more! Drop by for coffee and pastries with The Librarians of Leeward.

The Library offers a wealth of resources and services that you need to know about.  Our open house is designed to be an informal opportunity to discover the different ways the Library is ready to support you and the courses you teach.  Whether it’s a database, e-book collection, course reserves, or research skills session, there’s something we can offer to almost everyone.  Drop by and meet your librarians and professional support staff to learn how we can help you.  Newly acquired resources include JSTOR, eHRAF, Kanopy streaming videos, Ancestry Online, and EBSCO Curriculum Builder.  Learn about these and much more.  Coffee and pastries provided.

For more information, visit

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