Library News and Much More!

April 5, 2016

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!

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Facebook: /leewardcclibrary

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January 5, 2016

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

January 5, 2016

Library Work Day in the Hālau Garden

On December 28, 2015 the Library volunteered for its first work day in the Hālau Garden. A big mahalo to Keahiahi Long and Frani Okamoto for organizing this worthwhile day. We learned so much and got quite the workout!

This event is just one way that the Library is continuing to strengthen our relationships with other departments/people on campus. This day was incredibly rewarding and really emphasized the “giving” aspect of the holiday season.


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!


July 21, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Library Services 2016-17

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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

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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

November 9, 2015

Thank You for Another Successful Discovery Fair!

IMG_0348 What a day! The Library hosted its annual $1 used book sale and Scholastic Book Fair during this year’s Discovery Fair on Saturday, November 7th. We also held our first crafting session in Kapunawai, which was a huge hit with children and parents! Keiki were able to make book page snowflakes, book page pinwheel ornaments, and leaf print art. Thank you to everyone who donated books and supported us by dropping by on the day of the event!


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