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December 10, 2015
by Wayde Oshiro

Leeward at HLA 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.39.18 PMI was inspired by much of what I heard and am excited to bring some of these ideas and programs to our Library.  [Carina Chernisky]

The Hawaii Library Association Conference was held at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, East-West Center on December 4-5. The annual conference is an opportunity for librarians to share, learn, and network with colleagues from across the State.  This year’s theme was building community.

Leeward faculty and staff presented four sessions at this year’s conference on topics ranging from a collaborative OER initiative, learning commons successes and challenges, an innovative community outreach program, and improving website accessibility.

Connecting Communities:  How our Library Navigated ON- and OFF- Campus Partnerships in One Ambitious Literacy Program

Laying the Foundation:  Building a Collaborative OER Community at the University of Hawaii

Simple Steps to Improve Website Accessibility

Vision Meets Reality:  The Leeward Community College Learning Commons Three Years On

December 5, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Our Experiences @ the 2016 HLA Conference

2016 Hawaii Library Association conference logoThe 2016 Hawaii Library Association Conference on the Big Island was a opportunity for Leeward’s librarians to hear from a nationally-recognized expert in the library community, share best practices, discover new products and services, and network with our colleagues from across the State.  This year, Leeward was again well-represented in the conference schedule with our librarians presenting six sessions.

Are You Open Today? A Simple JavaScript Project Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian

Ralph: “We wanted the new library website to show the current day’s hours of service, but only if the displayed hours could change automatically on holidays. I shared the solution I came up with because it was a great project for a novice JavaScript programmer to understand, implement, and adapt to other uses.”

Comments from attendees:

“Was great to see code that I can use on my own site – no re-inventing the wheel ! It was also helpful to know that there are variations that can be used to express library hours in several ways.”

“Ralph was very forthcoming and informative about his process and how he constructed the java script. Will try to implement for my own library website!”

Management of Ebooks: Acquisition, Cataloging and AccessJue Wang, Technical Services Librarian

Comments from attendees:

Jue had a very good grasp of the subject matter.”

I learned about the different issues that need to be taken into account when acquiring e-books for the library. The presentation was well-organized and covered the topic in a concise manner.”

I learned about all the cataloging and management concerns with E-books.”

Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen Natalie Wahl, Circulation Services Manager and Daniela Dutra-Elliott, Instructor in Botany and Horticulture

Natalie: “I especially enjoyed co-presenting “Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen” with Dr. Daniela Dutra-Elliott. Many of our attendees were representing public librarianship, which is a population I do not typically have the opportunity to collaborate. They were a wonderful audience, and offered many interesting thoughts and ideas after our presentation.”

Comments from attendees:

“This session reminds me of a friend who caught his fish, photographed, cooked and consumed it, & later painted the fish. Students propagate the seeds, read about, select, design & package them & distribute through the library.” 

“Awesome! Great content, enthusiastic presenters, and even goodies to take home!  Loved it, can’t wait to get a seed library for our branch!”

“They clearly worked well together and are very passionate about the project. I think it’s really inspiring how they are tying in a library program with multiple departments on campus and working towards a no waste facility.”

Changing Faces: The Journey to a New Leeward Community College Library Website – Carina Chernisky, Public Services Specialist, Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, and Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian

Web Team (Carina, Wayde, Ralph):  Mission accomplished!!!

Comments from attendees:

“This session was very informative on their process to a new website which turned out beautiful. The presenters were very engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed this panel.”

“I enjoyed learning about the process that LCC followed. Seeing a real-world example of a site redesign will be very helpful for my own redesign.”

“It was fascinating (if not a little daunting, haha) to learn the whole process by which LCC went about redesigning their website, and how much time and effort went into the whole process. It is a good eye opener for anyone who thinks that web design (or any type of project) should be easy and straightforward; there is often a lot more to do and a lot more potential challenges and obstacles than one might expect.”

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa: Navigating Hawaiian Librarianship – Keahiahi Long, Librarian-Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Shavonn Matsuda-Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Keikilani Meyer, Librarian-Chaminade University of Honolulu, Annemarie Paikai-former Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System & NEW Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian-Leeward Community College), and Kapena Shim, Hawaii Specialist Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Annemarie: “It was exciting to co-present at HLA about Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa.  Overall we had great feedback and I personally feel more motivated than ever to continue the work we have started with this organization, especially now that I am representing Leeward as well.” 

Comments from attendees:

“I appreciated the discussion of how the group debated issues as they were developing their bylaws and operating procedures.”

“Excellent session. Future LIS leaders for Hawai’i. Can’t wait to see where these young professionals will be in the next 5-10 years.”

“I was surprised that it took this long for an Indigenous Hawaiian Library Association to form. Did not know it was an issue. I am glad that it formed and that they are all very enthusiastic and learned.”

“I so appreciate and applaud this energetic group of professionals who see the importance of promoting and supporting Hawaiian librarianship”

Check Us Out! New Services at Our Libraries – Becky DeMartini, Head of Instructional Services-BYUH, Zoia Falevai, Reference Librarian-BYUH, Justin Marshall, Systems Librarian-BYUH, and Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian-Leeward Community College

Wayde:  “I was invited by BYUH to join them on a presentation highlighting new services at our libraries. I shared our new mobile printing service ( as well as the small projects we’ve implemented to improve the overall student experience such as additional power options, mobile device charging stations, and low-cost furniture options. I was blown away by the amazing new technology and furniture at the Joseph F. Smith Library.  We’re scheduled to visit their library this month so we can see all their cool stuff in action.

After the conference we were ready for some fun.  All of us took advantage of the long weekend to explore Hilo and the surrounding areas and eat ʻono food!

Panoramic image of Hilo Bay

Hilo Bay, from the Grand Naniloa Hotel.

February 9, 2016
by junie

Library Learning Series: Ancestry & Kanopy

Interested in learning more about your family history? Looking for streaming videos for your classes? The Library has two new resources that can help you!

Join us on: Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 1:30 – 2:30 in LC 102

Learn about:ancestry

Ancestry Library Edition, a new genealogy research tool that provides access to a wide rital, church, court, and immigration records.

kanopyKanopy, a new video streaming resource that provides thousands of high-quality full-length films and documentaries.


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