Library News and Much More!

June 6, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

UHM OER Grant Project: Open Physics Database

Mechanical engineering junior at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Ana, demonstrates conservation of angular momentum. (27 seconds)

Since 2015, the UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy has used the OpenStax College Physics textbook to teach introductory physics courses. Now, a faculty-led project funded by an Outreach College UHM OER Project grant is developing a database of physics problems that can be paired with the open textbook.

Learn more about this exciting project from project lead Christina Nelson at

Have questions about OER? Get in touch with your Leeward OER Team:

  • Junie Hayashi, Public Services Librarian
  • Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian
  • Leanne Riseley, Educational Media Center Coordinator

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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May 2, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

Summer is Here! It’s Time to Catch Up on Your Reading

Summer reading with Overdrive flyer. Go to or call 455-0379 for details.


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.

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