Library News and Much More!

April 18, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Finals Countdown, Finals Week, Feedback, and More

Library Annual User Survey:

  • Provide feedback on services, resources, support, and facilities through April 21st.

Finals Countdown (April 24-May 5)

  • Finals Countdown starts Monday, April 24th. Faculty-led review sessions, faculty office hours, Writing Center workshops, and extended evening hours will be offered in the Library and Learning Commons.
  • Sign-up to host a review session or office hours at
  • See Finals Countdown hours and schedule of sessions and workshops at

Finals Week (May 8-12)

  • Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Interim Week (May 15-19)

  • Library will be closed

Summer Schedule (May 22-August 11)

  • Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Friday, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

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 21, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

In Need of a Good Book?

Are you looking to catch up on your reading during Spring Break? Have you been meaning to read something but haven’t had the time to order it from Amazon or pick it up at the public library? Well, look no further than your campus library.

The Library has two curated collections of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles for your reading pleasure:

  • Bestsellers Collection: Print collection located on the 3rd floor. Come up and browse!
  • Overdrive Collection: If you have an e-reader, take a look at our newest e-book collection of fiction and non-fiction titles. It’s an interesting mix of titles. You can access Overdrive from our website. Click the E-Books button and select Overdrive from the list of e-book collections. See screenshots below.

Image of Library homepage e-books button

Image of the list of E-book collections listImage of overdrive homepageNote: Off-campus access requires UH login credentials. Select Leeward Community College as your library to access our collection.

March 21, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Closed during Spring Break, March 27-31

The Library will be closed during the Spring Break. Librarians and staff will be around and working throughout the week. Library staff will be unavailable during an off-campus luncheon on March 29th, 11 am-1 pm.

Faculty and staff: Please call your direct library contact or our main office at x377 for access.


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

What is JoVE Science Education?

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first peer-reviewed science video journal.  The Library has started a limited access trial to JoVE’s Science Education Database which provides nearly 1,000 videos covering scientific fundamentals.  Easy to understand video demonstrations on laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Watch this short video to learn more.

For more info about JoVE and Leeward’s trial access, see last week’s blog post.

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.

March 12, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

US West Newsstream Replaces ProQuest News & Newspapers

ProQuest News & Newspapers, an important resource for accessing full text article content from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Advertiser, and Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers was recently replaced by a new database.

US West Newsstream (also by ProQuest) is the new database for accessing articles from the Honolulu dailies. In addition, US West Newsstream also includes coverage from 270 news sources from Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Contact a librarian if you have any questions about database access or content.

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