NEWS & MUCH MORE!

December 8, 2022
by Wayde Oshiro
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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: www2.leeward.hawaii.edu/library or www.leeward.hawaii.edu/library 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
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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 go.hawaii.edu/feE

September 1, 2022
by Leeward CC Learning Commons
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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 lcccirc@hawaii.edu. 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 go.hawaii.edu/PJP.
  • Groups of 3-4 Leeward CC students may book a group study room at go.hawaii.edu/32x

For more information about library services, visit our webpage at go.hawaii.edu/xmf.

August 12, 2022
by Leeward CC Learning Commons
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Interim Week Hours: August 15-19

Learning Commons & Library Hours
August 15-19

Monday: CLOSED for staff training
Tuesday – Thursday

  • Open: 9am – 1pm
  • Item pick-up (by appointment): 8am – 4pm

Friday: CLOSED in observance of Statehood Day

If you have any questions, please contact our circulation desk (x210 or lcccirc@hawaii.edu).

JSTOR New Content

July 26, 2022 by Cheryl | 0 comments

Exciting news! We’ve recently gained perpetual access to a wealth of new content on JSTOR. While we formerly subscribed to just 3 collections (Arts & Sciences I, II and III), we are now entitled to ALL of the following collections:

  • Arts & Sciences I – XV
  • Life Sciences
  • Sustainability
  • Security Studies
  • Lives of Literature

This gives us new access to thousands of scholarly journals across many disciplines. If you’ve never used JSTOR before, this would be a great time to check it out!

What’s in JSTOR?

JSTOR logo.

JSTOR is a digital library of academic content in many formats and disciplines. The collections include top peer-reviewed scholarly journals as well as respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports from trusted institutes, and diverse primary sources.

Our JSTOR collections primarily focus on archival content. Journal coverage starts with the very first volume published and ends at a “moving wall” of 3-5 years prior to the current year. Our other databases generally do not provide such extensive backfiles. If youʻre looking for the most up-to-date information, JSTOR may not be the best choice; however, it can be a fantastic resource for historical information. For example, hereʻs a timely article from the November 2, 1918 issue of Scientific American:

Screenshot of Spanish Influenza article from Scientific American, November 2, 1918.

Wearing a mask at work? Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same!

Using JSTOR

To get started with JSTOR, navigate to our A-Z Databases page and find JSTOR in the list. If you are off campus, you may be prompted to enter your UH login. Once you get to the JSTOR home page, you should see “Access provided by Leeward Community College” at the top of the page.

Screenshot of JSTOR home page showing "Access provided by Leeward Community College" message.

You may use the basic search box to enter your keywords. There are options for restricting your search to author, title, or publication name. You may also choose to search for images.

Screenshot showing JSTOR basic search.

Use the filters in the left sidebar to narrow your results. You may add another keyword, specify the content format, indicate a date range, or choose a subject.

Screenshot of results page showing left sidebar filters.

Once you identify an item of interest, JSTOR makes it easy to download, cite, or link back to the item.

Screenshot of item page showing functions for cite, download, and link.

There are many other ways to find content on JSTOR. Check out these brief video tutorials for more information:

Text Analyzer

JSTOR’s Text Analyzer is a nifty tool that can help you quickly find relevant keywords and articles related to any document. Simply copy and paste your text, or upload an entire document to the Text Analyzer, and JSTOR will generate search terms and related articles! Click on the picture below for a quick video demonstration [opens in a new tab].

Screenshot of JSTOR Text Analyzer video.

To get started with Text Analyzer, click on the Tools tab near the top right corner of any page and select Text Analyzer from the drop-down menu.

Screenshot showing how to access Text Analyzer.

At the next screen, you may copy and paste in your text, or upload a file from your computer. It may take a few minutes for JSTOR to analyze your submission.

Screenshot of JSTOR Text Analyzer working with submitted text.

Now you will have a list of terms and related articles available on JSTOR! You are free to add or remove terms, or adjust their relative weight. The list of related articles will change accordingly.

Screenshot showing results page from Text Analyzer.

JSTOR highlights

With thousands of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and life sciences, JSTOR has something for everyone. Here are a few significant titles:

We hope you enjoy our new, expanded access to JSTOR. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what JSTOR has to offer, so please explore it on your own and see what treasures you can find. For more information, check out JSTOR’s YouTube channel, reach out to your librarian subject liaison, or contact us at lccref@hawaii.edu.

Streaming Videos at Leeward CC

May 31, 2022 by Cheryl | 0 comments

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the impact of a high-quality, well-chosen video. Fortunately, Leeward CC has access to a wide variety of streaming video content.

Films available from Kanopy
Films available from Kanopy.
Sample films available from Feature Films for Education.
Films available from Feature Films for Education.
Films available from Swank Digital Campus
Films available from Swank Digital Campus.

The table below summarizes our various streaming platforms. Click on the platform title to access the resource. Off-campus users may be prompted to sign in with their UH Login.

PlatformModelContentTitlesNotes
Academic Video Online (AVON)SubscriptionDocumentaries, tutorials, performances, and more.79,240Includes hosted content and Ethnographic Video Online titles.
DocuseekSubscriptionDocumentaries on social and environmental issues.2,182Primarily exclusive content from independent filmmakers.
Ethnographic Video OnlinePerpetualFilms by and for indigenous people and communities.653Content is also included in Academic Video Online (AVON).
Feature Films for EducationSubscriptionFeature films from 20th Century Fox and related labels.693These titles are generally not available on other platforms.
Films on DemandLicensed selectivelyDocumentaries and other educational films.8Titles licensed upon faculty request.
KanopyPay-per-view and licensed selectivelyFeature films, documentaries, foreign films, classics, and more.28,089Library pays a small fee per view; heavily used titles are licensed.
Swank Digital CampusLicensed selectivelyFeature films from Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, and other major studios.23Titles licensed upon faculty request.

Streaming Video DOs and DON’Ts

No matter which platform you use, please keep in mind these general DOs and DON’Ts:

DO 🙂

  • Show films during in-person classes.
  • Share direct links with your students so they may view films on their own.
  • View as many films as you like, as often as you like!

DON’T 🙁

  • Show films outside of class for events (free or paid) without first consulting the library.
  • Stream films over Zoom or other video conferencing services.
  • Share films with persons not affiliated with Leeward CC.

In the coming weeks, we’ll give you an overview of each of our major streaming video platforms–their content, how to access them, and the most popular titles. Perhaps you’ll discover that perfect video to enrich your coursework, augment your learning, or just enliven your weekend!

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