Library News and Much More!

June 16, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Rate Your Library Experience

Have something to say? Share it with us!

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The Library is using SurveyApp to collect ongoing feedback from our patrons.  The tablet-based SurveyApp is intuitive and attractive, providing students, faculty, and staff with a quick and anonymous way to rate library customer service, collections, and study spaces. Users can add comments to share suggestions or concerns. They can also provide contact information if they wish to hear from us directly.

SurveyApp will enable the Library to respond more quickly to issues and concerns as they happen. The feedback received will be used, along with the results from our Annual Library User Survey, to improve services so we better meet the needs of all campus users. Results from this survey will also help us assess Library support area outcomes for Access, Collections, and Environment.

The SurveyApp survey can be found at the iPad kiosk adjacent to the large-screen information monitor in the Library.

The results of our 2017 Library User Survey are in! To view the results, go to our website at and hover over the About tab and select Survey Results and Infographics.

June 13, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Book Power by Gwendolyn Brooks


image of book shelves

“Books” by ep_jhu is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


In all this willful world

of thud and thump and thunder
man’s relevance to books
continues to declare.

Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout,
and drumbeats in the air.

Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks and this poem at Brain Pickings. Additional poems, a selected bibliography, and essays marking her recent centennial can be found at

A copy of her Selected Poems is available in our General Collection (PS3503.R7244 A6 1963)

DIY High-Speed Digitization is Here!

May 23, 2017 by Wayde Oshiro | 0 comments

Photo of Click Mini book scanning station

The KIC Click Mini station is located next to Kapunawai

We’re excited to introduce our new KIC Click Mini digital scanning system to Leeward. Use the Click Mini to digitize documents for collaboration, research, preservation, and more.  System features include:

  • Scan up to 40 ppm
  • Maximum resolution of 300 dpi
  • Image preview
  • Split, clip, crop, brightness and contrast editing using the touchscreen
  • Dual cameras eliminates or reduces curves from book pages
  • Create PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, audio MP3, and searchable PDF files
  • Upload to USB flash, email, cloud storage (Google Drive, DropBox, etc.), tablet/smartphone using Smart Dock
  • Automatic Document Feed (ADF) scanner for loose leaf documents
  • Simple on-screen prompts to guide users

Help us test this new system over the summer by using it for all your digitization needs. We expect that once word gets out the Click Mini will be in high demand. Now might be your best chance to avoid long wait times in the Fall.


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April 11, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Creating a Better Library

It’s a comfortable environment to study in

Friendly staff, always helpful and willing to answer my questions

The staff is outstanding, very helpful, very supportive of instruction

The variety of computers and books I need for my own learning

More quiet environment…and more outlets for charging computers

More computers or computers just for printing

Monitoring of excessive noise during certain times

The noise and distraction factors

Longer hours of availability

More seating and study rooms

These are just a few of the comments we received to the questions, “What do you like best about the Leeward CC Library?” and “What can be improved at the Leeward CC Library?” during our 2016 Library User Survey.

How did the Library respond to last year’s survey?

Addressing Noise Issues

Noise has been an ongoing concern for Library staff and survey comments reveal that it’s a concern for our students, too. In response, the Library created zoning for its spaces. The open area on the main floor is a designated collaborative study space where chatting and group study is encouraged. Meanwhile, Kapunawai and the upper floor are zoned as Quiet and Silent study areas. In these areas, quiet talking or no talking rules are enforced. The new zoning enables Library staff to take a proactive approach to addressing excess noise before it becomes a problem.

Improving Study Spaces

We weren’t able to add more seats in the Library last year, but we did create more flexible seating options for students. Zoned spaces were reconfigured to encourage appropriate uses. An example of this is our Silent Study Area (3rd floor) which is entirely outfitted with individual study carrels rather than a mix of study carrels and tables as before. The result has been fewer noise complaints from students studying in this area.

New table partitions now divide some four-seat tables in half to encourage more efficient use of our limited seating. Additional partitions were installed on previously open tables to create more private seating to encourage focused study. These moveable partitions provide flexibility in meeting the current and future needs of our students.

Lastly, multiple mobile device chargers and electrical power strips were deployed on both floors to provide the necessary power options students requested.

Acquiring New E-Resources

The campus allocation of an additional $20,000 for electronic resources has enabled the Library to acquire and/or subscribe to more resources and content than ever before. Recent acquisitions include The New York Times Unlimited Access, Flipster e-magazines, Overdrive e-books, Sage Business Researcher, Statista, and World Religions. Thousands of e-books, e-magazines, streaming videos, and journal article databases are now available to all Leeward students with anytime, anywhere access.

Current spending on resources is now 80% electronic and 20% print. I believe this is the optimal ratio for our Library taking into account our budget, physical space limitations, staffing, and remote access needs of our Waianae and distance education students.

Providing New Technology

Due to popular demand, a new mobile print option was added to our existing print management system last Fall. Students can now upload a print job remotely, then release the job on demand at any Library printing station. This service also allows students to print from their personal laptops as well. To complement the upgraded system, new high-volume, high-speed Ricoh printers were installed on both floors.

Coming Soon! A new KIC Click Mini book scanning station will allow students to scan, print, upload, and fax from a standalone station. This station will enable students to do high-speed scanning at no cost and then upload files to email, cloud storage, or wirelessly to a mobile device.

What’s Next?

We haven’t addressed all the concerns or requests received last year, but we consider ourselves to be a work in progress and strive to meet your needs as best as we can. To help us in this process of a continual improvement it’s time again to hear from you.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to rate library resources, services, technology, and facilities and then share your comments with us.  Feel free to share the survey link with your students as well.

Library Annual User Survey:

The survey is open until April 21st.


April 6, 2017
by Natalie Wahl

Spring ’17 Finals Countdown!

Finals Countdown returns with extended Library hours and faculty-led review sessions!

  • REVIEW SESSIONS/Office hours
    • Sign-up here to lead a review session or hold office hours between 4/24 and 5/4
Monday, 4/24 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 4/25 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 4/26 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, 4/27 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, 4/28 Regular Fall Hours 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Monday, 5/1 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 5/2 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 5/3 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, 5/4 Extended Hours 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, 5/5 Regular Fall Hours 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Please visit our LibGuide for updated review session schedules and more information.

March 28, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Farewell to Gloria Santiago

" "After a 28 year career in Library Technical Services, Gloria Santiago is retiring. Gloria’s last day at Leeward is this Friday, March 31st. 

Gloria has been a steady presence in the Library during years of transition and change. Throughout it all, Gloria’s dedication, generosity of spirit, and willingness to pitch in at times of need could always be counted on.

The Library ʻohana wishes Gloria all the best as she enters this new phase of her life. We know she is looking forward to spending some valuable and well-deserved time with her family.

Librarians and staff will attend a retirement luncheon for Gloria on March 29th. If you try to reach us and we’re unavailable, please leave a message or send an email. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

March 13, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Congratulations and Farewell to Carina Chernisky

photo of Carina

Carina Chernisky, Library Public Services Specialist

We bid a fond farewell to Carina Chernisky as she moves on to a new role as public services librarian at the UHWO Library.

Carina has been an integral part of the circulation services team since 2013. Among Carina’s many accomplishments, her most recent was as a member of the web team which redesigned the Library’s website last year. Additionally, Carina has served as this blog’s administrator since it was launched in 2014 and has been responsible for many creative and informative library displays throughout the years. Check out her recent display on “Fake News” found at the Diamond Head and ʻewa stairway landings.

The entire Library ʻohana congratulates Carina and wishes her continued success with her current and future endeavors. Carina’s last day at Leeward will be on March 15th.

March 13, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

World Religions is Now Available

Just in time for the Holi festival celebrated by Hindus around the world, the World Religions database is available to all Leeward users. Click here to access.

Image of the World Religions main page

World Religions main page

The Infobase World Religions database was acquired by the Library after receiving positive feedback from religion faculty members during our recent database trial. World Religions can be accessed from the Library’s homepage.

Go to Select Research Databases button and scroll down the complete list of library databases to select World Religions

Library website ( showing the Research Databases button view and database drop-down menu.

Contact me or any librarian to learn more about our research databases and other electronic resources.

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