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Kanopy: New Login System

October 4, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

Kanopy [New Window], one of our resources for streaming videos, has a new login system.  Starting October 4, 2018, all users must create a personal account to view content.  This is a very quick process, and there is no charge.

When attempting to play a video, you will be prompted to log in or sign up.

Screenshot of Kanopy login screen

If you already have an account, log in with your email and password.  If you do not have an account, click on the Sign Up button.  You will be prompted to enter your name, email address, and a password.

Screenshot of Kanopy account signup

After you submit your information, you will be emailed a verification link. Click on the link in your email, and you’re all set!

Screenshot of Kanopy account confirmation

Please note that if you are off campus, you may also need to enter your UH login credentials, if prompted, when accessing Kanopy.

If you have questions about Kanopy or any of our other library resources, please contact us at (808) 455-0379 or

New Resource: Credo View

September 7, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

The library is pleased to introduce Credo View [New Window], a wonderful new resource to support information literacy.

Credo View provides streaming video content on a variety of information literacy topics.  The 60 brief videos are organized into 9 broad subject areas.  Most of the videos are around 2-3 minutes long, with closed captions and transcripts available.

Screenshot of Credo View menu

Primary and Secondary Research video screenshot

You can find Credo View in our A-Z Databases list [New Window].  If you need direct links to individual videos, or have any questions about Credo View, please contact Cheryl Urasaki (

New Resource: Academic Video Online (AVON)

July 10, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

Looking for something new to watch this summer?  The library has you covered.  Check out our latest streaming video collection, Academic Video Online (AVON) [New Window].

With more than 64,000 video titles covering a wide range of subjects, you are sure to find something that piques your interest.

AVON screenshot

Want to check out our other video collections?   Click on the Find Videos button (circled in red in the picture below) on the library’s website [New Window]:

Library website

This will take you to our full list of streaming video collections.  Click on the title of the collection to access the videos.

Streaming video collections

If you have questions about AVON or our other streaming video collections, please contact the Reference Desk at or (808) 455-0379.  Happy viewing!

Kanopy Expirations for June 2018

April 30, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

Our licenses for the following Kanopy videos will expire on June 30, 2018:

If you are a faculty member and require any of these videos for your classes, please contact Wayde Oshiro (

Our complete list of licensed Kanopy videos may be accessed at this link: [New Window].

Changes Coming to JoVE Science Education

April 26, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

We hope you’ve enjoyed using JoVE Science Education videos [New Window] during the first year of our subscription. You’ll notice a few content changes for our second year, beginning around May 5, 2018:

Basic Biology Series  [New Window]
Adding: Essentials of Lab Safety
Continuing: General Laboratory Techniques
Continuing: Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Continuing: Essentials of Biology I: Yeast, Drosophila and C. Elegans
Discontinuing: Essentials of Biology II: Mouse, Zebrafish and Chick

Advanced Biology Series  [New Window]
Continuing: Essentials of Genetics
Continuing: Essentials of Cell Biology
Discontinuing: Essentials of Neuroscience
Discontinuing: Essentials of Developmental Biology

Chemistry Series  [New Window]
Adding: Essentials of General Chemistry
Adding: Essentials of Organic Chemistry
Adding: Essentials of Organic Chemistry II

Environmental Sciences Series  [New Window]
Discontinuing all

These changes were made based on our analysis of usage trends over the past year.

We know it can be difficult to tell which videos we have access to, and which we don’t (especially during this transition period). To access our subscription content, click on the Science Education box in the top right corner of the JoVE website. Any series marked with a green dot contains some subscription content.

Screenshot showing Science Education box selected and two series circled

Videos that we have full access to are marked as such:

Screenshot showing full access to video

You may also come across videos that are freely accessible:

Screenshot showing free access video

You will not be able to view more than 20 seconds of videos that are neither subscribed to, nor freely accessible:

Screenshot showing inaccessible video

If you have any questions about JoVE Science Education, please contact Wayde Oshiro (

Films on Demand Master Academic Video Collection trial through May 6

April 9, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

If you use videos to enhance learning, you won’t want to miss our latest database trial: Films on Demand Master Academic Video Collection.


  • More than 28,000 titles covering 26 core subject areas
  • Videos from 800+ international producers
  • Unlimited access
  • Includes public performance rights

Films on Demand screenshot

Access the trial: Films on Demand Master Academic Video Collection trial [New Window]
NOW through May 6, 2018.

Your input strongly influences our purchasing decisions.  Once you’ve had the chance to evaluate this resource, please leave feedback [New Window].

If you have questions about the trial, please contact Wayde Oshiro (

Sorry! Kanopy is resting

March 20, 2018 by Wayde Oshiro | 0 comments

Kanopy’s recent popularity is thrilling but it has come at a price. Unfortunately, we’ve spent down our entire account for the year and we can no longer support the patron-driven acquisition model, i.e. click and view. In fact, Kanopy has placed our account on pause mode. The result is that the convenient PDA model is now a somewhat less convenient librarian-mediated model.

The Kanopy PDA Model

The Kanopy PDA model is based on the number of triggers a film receives. A trigger is equal to a single viewing of a film for more than 30 seconds. On the fifth viewing, the film is “triggered” and a purchase is made. The purchased film is licensed for unlimited campuswide use for one calendar year. The trigger happens behind the scenes and the viewer is unaware when a film is triggered.

When it works as intended, the vast majority of films viewed by individuals will not trigger a purchase. This model gives our patrons access to thousands of quality films for free. We’ve been using Kanopy since 2016 and allocated funds based on the first year’s use. This year, usage has increased in a way that we failed to anticipate and this is how we’ve found ourselves in this situation today. Kanopy is not going away, but it won’t be an on-demand service for the time being.

The Kanopy Mediated Model

Kanopy title browsing remains the same. When it comes time to view a film, this request form will appear instead. Please fill out this form and in your message, specify the use (in-class screening, individual viewing for assignment, etc.) and a need by date. Once received, the librarian may email you for additional information before the library purchases the film.

Sample Kanopy request form

What do I do if I’ve already assigned a film this semester?

Submit the request form ASAP. The turnaround period is unknown at this time, but we will do our best to fast-track your request and purchase the film. We will let you know if we cannot meet your deadline.

Is a film I viewed yesterday available for viewing tomorrow?

Probably not. Unless you triggered the film, meaning you were the 5th person to view it, the film you watched yesterday is no longer available.

Is there a way to see which films have been triggered already?

Kanopy doesn’t allow you to filter the collection by licensed (triggered) titles. If want to see a complete list of available films, please contact Jue Wang, Technical Services Librarian, She will be able to forward a current list of licensed films. These are the only titles currently available for on-demand viewing on Kanopy.

How long are triggered films available?

From the trigger date (purchase date) the film is available for one calendar year.

What do I do if I want to assign a film for next semester?

Submit your request. The earlier the better so that we can budget for it. We will try to accommodate your requests as best as we can.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Wayde Oshiro,

Jue Wang,

Please feel free contact me or Jue. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and your students. I promise that we’ll do our best to answer your questions and to fulfill your requests. Mahalo!


June 6, 2017
by Wayde Oshiro

JoVE Science Education Database is Live

The Library now offers the following JoVE Science Education video series: Basic Biology, Advanced Biology, and Environmental Science.

JoVE Science Education is a database of video demonstrations teaching science fundamentals such as laboratory techniques, experiment design, introduction to concepts and theories, and more. Learn more about JoVE and how you can create quizzes at the JoVE User’s Guide.

JoVE Basic Biology series includes

  1. General Laboratory Techniques
  2. Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  3. Essentials of Biology 1
  4. Essentials of Biology 2

JoVE Advanced Biology series includes

  1. Essentials of Neuroscience
  2. Essentials of Developmental Biology, Essentials of Genetics
  3. Essentials of Cell Biology

JoVE Environmental Science series includes

  1. Essentials of Environmental Science
  2. Essentials of Environmental Microbiology
  3. Essentials of Earth Science

Find JoVE at

Image of research databases tab on the library's website

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.

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