December 8, 2022
by Wayde Oshiro

New Library Website Coming Soon!

Launching in late December 2022

The new Library website will offer an improved design, streamlined menus, easier navigation, and seamless integration with important tools used to manage online services. The major change occurring will be a redesigned homepage.

Any links in your course syllabus and course sites to the current homepage will automatically redirect to the new homepage. The library’s URLs: or will not change.

What will I need to do?

There should not be too much you need to do other than check existing links in your course syllabus and course site. The other web pages hosting our content (links on the current homepage and menu links) should be unaffected. After the new website goes live, you will need to:

Check any links to the Library homepage or other site content pages. Direct links to the Primo Search page, links to LibGuides pages, and permalinks to e-books, e-journals, or streaming videos will not be affected.

Review and revise the written instructions to access resources you provide students to reflect the new design and menus.

When is the new website going live?

The new website will be launched between December 19-30. We will announce the date once it is scheduled.

Whom do I talk to if I have questions?

Contact Wayde Oshiro, Interim Learning Commons and Library Coordinator, or Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian.

The Library is planning to offer a workshop during the Week of Welcome, January 3-6, 2023, to discuss the changes and answer any questions about our new website.

Screenshot of the new Library homepage launching in late December 2022

Screenshot of the current Library homepage
Staff doing RFID conversion work

December 8, 2022
by Wayde Oshiro

RFID Conversion Project

RFID’ing in the Library

The Library is implementing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) theft detection system for materials. In September, library staff and librarians began the conversion process, which involves pulling books off the shelves and affixing RFID tags to each book. Each RFID tag is encoded with a book’s barcode number, format type, and the library’s unique OCLC code. Tagged books are then returned to the shelf. With over 46,000 individual books in our collection, we estimate that the conversion process will be completed in the late spring or summer of 2023. 

Benefits of RFID

  • Faster, more accurate transactions. Multiple items can be checked out simultaneously.
  • Fewer false alarms. No more missed items triggering the gate alarm or false alarms.
  • Improved inventory and collection management. Staff will be able to inventory the collection by walking the stacks and waving an inventory wand, automatically collecting the encoded information on the RFID tags using radio waves, and eliminating the need to manually scan each book.
  • Reduction of repetitive stress injuries. Minimizing staff handling of materials during check-out and check-in processes decreases the potential for staff injury. Automating inventory and collection maintenance tasks will further reduce repetitive stress injuries.
  • Better customer experience. Accurately shelved books, faster checkouts, fewer false alarms.

Concerns with RFID

  • Patron privacy. RFID tags are encoded with the item barcode, format type, and the library’s unique OCLC code. No patron data is encoded.
  • Health and safety. High-frequency RFID tags meet European standard EN 50364, limiting human exposure to electromagnetic fields. Exposure levels are lower than common devices such as mobile phones. 

With RFID, books will be accurately shelved and readily available for patrons to find and use. Improved efficiencies by eliminating manual tasks and processes will allow library staff to dedicate more time to supporting our students, faculty, and staff.

Leeward is one of only two UH System libraries undertaking an RFID conversion project. The other library is the Lono me Laka Resource Center at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Finals Countdown at the Learning Commons: Dec 5-16

December 2, 2022 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty & Staff,
Please encourage your students to prepare for finals at the Learning Commons! Our Finals Countdown period begins Monday, December 5th. 

Fall 2022 Finals Countdown Flyer

Extended Library Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm
Extra hours for studying & using library resources!

Research Support: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
We’re here to help you find and select resources for your assignments!

Tutoring & Focused Workshops
Our friendly tutors are here to help you! To make an appointment or check subject-specific tutor availability, visit our website.

De-Stressing Activities
Visit our Kapunawai room to play games from all around the world, color and doodle to your heart’s content, or just breathe in some essential oils to relax and get your mind in the right place!

Study Snacks
FREE snacks provided by Student Government. Validated Leeward CC ID required.

For more information, visit our Finals Countdown webpage at

November 22, 2022
by Leeward CC Learning Commons

Thanksgiving Hours: November 24-25


The Learning Commons & Library will be CLOSED Thursday, November 24th, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

We will be OPEN Friday, November 25th.

Walk-In Hours: 8am – 4pm

LRC & Writing Center
Online Services via Penjiapp: 8am – 4pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 4, 2022
by Leeward CC Learning Commons

New Learning Commons & Library Hours!

Starting the week of October 9th, we will be extending our Learning Commons & Library hours to 6pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays:

  • Monday  8am – 4pm
  • Tuesday  8am – 6pm
  • Wednesday  8am – 4pm
  • Thursday  8am – 6pm
  • Friday  8am – 4pm

For more information about library hours and services, visit our webpage at

September 26, 2022
by Jason Yamashita

Finding and Using Images from Online Resources

Five Tips to Support Your Search Process


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Open Educational Resources LibGuide: Guides, Repositories & Collections Tab


  1. There are many types of image repositories available online. Here’s a list of repositories (“Images” box) on our OER LibGuide to find images that are openly licensed or in the public domain. For a wide variety of photos and graphics, image banks like Unsplash and Pixabay contain openly licensed content that may be edited and reused for commercial and noncommercial purposes.
  2. Creative Commons (CC) is the most popular open license. There are six CC licenses with different sets of rights. It’s helpful to understand the rights granted by each license so that your use of an image doesn’t contradict the permission granted by the image creator. All CC licenses require attribution. Here’s a quick primer on CC licenses.
  3. Google’s Advanced Image Search and Openverse are search engines that allow you to filter your search for CC licensed images. While these powerful search tools are able to locate images, they do not verify license accuracy. Due diligence to review usage rights is your responsibility. 
  4. Always review the terms of use of the image repositories you use. Some repositories license the images they own (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) while others include images uploaded by individuals or organizations (Flickr Commons). In both cases, look for reputable organizations (who often own the copyright), or contact the individual to verify ownership and terms of use.
  5. Consider learning more about openly licensed images, CC licenses, and image attribution by signing up for the OER 101 Asynchronous Online Course.                         


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Please contact a librarian if you have any questions about Creative Commons licenses, image repositories, or reusing images. Or, bring your inquiries to an upcoming UHCC OER Office Hours. We’re happy to help!



September 1, 2022 by tashawil | 0 comments


We offer tutoring assistance in-person, by phone, and via Zoom for any writing assignment on the following days.

Monday – Friday (9 am – 4 pm). See flyer for details.

To make an appointment, create an account via Penjiapp using your UH email.

Visit our Writing Center website, email or call (808) 455-0409 for more information about tutoring and our focused workshops.

NOW HIRING: Email for more information.


Fall 2022 Writing Center Flyer



We offer subject-specific tutoring. See Penjiapp for subject-specific availability.

Monday – Friday (10 am – 4 pm)

We offer tutoring for the following courses this semester.

– CHEM: 161/L, 162/L, and 272/L

– ICS: 101, 110P, 111, 129, 131, 141, 170, 171, 184, 211, and 241

– JAPANESE: 101, 102, 201, & 202

To check subject-specific tutor availability, please go to Penjiapp and create an account. Select the LRC Community.

To make an appointment, create an account via Penjiapp using your UH email.

Email or call (808) 455-0409 for more information.


Fall 2022 Learning Resource Center Flyer

September 1, 2022
by Leeward CC Learning Commons

Labor Day: Monday, September 5

The Learning Commons & Library will be closed Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day. Please leave us a message at x210 or Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!

Learning Commons & Library: Fall 2022 Hours & Services

August 18, 2022 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Learning Commons & Library Hours
August 22 – December 16

Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm
Hours subject to change

This fall, we will not require bookings for our study tables and desktop computers! Bookings are still required for equipment and a group study room.

  • Semester loan laptops and hotspots: first-come, first serve. Leeward CC students may book equipment at
  • Groups of 3-4 Leeward CC students may book a group study room at

For more information about library services, visit our webpage at

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