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Spring 2024 Finals Countdown

April 23, 2024 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Aloha Leeward CC faculty and staff!

We are about to enter our Finals Countdown period. Please encourage your students to prepare for finals at the Learning Commons. In addition to research and tutoring support, we have planned a few fun activities! 

Final Spring 2024 Success Connection Workshop

April 26, 12pm: Tips for Reducing Test Anxiety, by Virginia Yoshida, Windward CC

Full SC Workshop Schedule
SC workshops are hosted via Zoom to all UH campuses at 12 pm.
Email writers@hawaii.edu for assistance

FREE SNACKS & DE-Stressing Activities

Apr 29 – May 10, 8am-5pm:  FREE snacks, aromatherapy, games, freebies, & more at the library!

Finals Coundown: April 29 - May 10

Yoga with Natalie Kahn

Apr 30 & May 7, 4:15-5:15pm: Yoga with librarian, Natalie Kahn, at the Hale Lehua Dance Studio (DA 108) – located next to Kīpuka

All levels welcome! Please wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat, towel, and water.

Graduation Lei Workshop with Tutoring & the Library

May 8, 3-4:45pm: With graduation just around the corner, we will be offering a lei making workshop at the Learning Resource Center! Students will learn how to make ti-leaf and yarn lei. Supplies are limited–students should RSVP here: go.hawaii.edu/JXF

Finals Countdown - Lei Workshop Flyer

*Snacks and lei workshop supplies are funded by ASUH – Leeward CC. Validated Leeward CC ID required.

For more information, visit our Finals Countdown page at go.hawaii.edu/yTR

We still have a Microfilm Collection. Why is that?

March 18, 2024 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments


Microfilm is among the most durable storage media for physical records and it can withstand many environmental impacts better and longer than paper. If stored properly, microfilm has a shelf life of about 500 years.

Did you know Leeward CC Library has a microfilm collection of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (January 1929 – September 2007)* and the Honolulu Advertiser (January 1929 – November 2005)**? Why do we have microfilm if everything is online? Well, in this case, not everything is online and microfilm is the readily accessible medium for accessing this information.

If you need to access our microfilm, please ask one of our reference librarians so they can show you how to locate articles by using the index. The library has a digital microfilm reader called the ScanPro 3000.  We have a handy booklet to learn how to operate the machine. If you need assistance, please see the Circulation Desk staff for help. We hope you will find our microfilm collection useful in researching the history of Hawai’i in the 20th Century!

* Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Gap in coverage from April 1970 – December 1987
** The Honolulu Advertiser – Gap in coverage April 1970 – April 1975 and January 1981 – June 1986

Meet Libby!

February 20, 2024 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments

The Libby app allows faculty, staff and students to access online magazines, eBooks, and audiobooks from our OverDrive collection on their phones and tablets. 



You can browse thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction ebooks, magazines, and audiobooks on OverDrive! To locate OverDrive, go to the Research menu tab on the library’s homepage then click the Full A-Z Databases List option to view a list of databases in alphabetical order. 

To browse OverDrive, log in using your UH credentials. 

Download Libby for reading on the go!

Once you’ve found something to borrow, go to the app store on your phone or tablet and download the Libby app. After downloading Libby, add Leeward Community College as your library and log in with your UH credentials. 

If you have a public library card in Hawaiʻi, you can also add Hawaii State Public Library System to access their OverDrive collection!

Please contact us at lcccirc@hawaii.edu if you have any questions. Happy reading!

Website Feature: Library Research Center

February 2, 2024 by Ralph Toyama | 0 comments

Over the winter break, we made an adjustment to our library homepage to more prominently feature our Library Research Center page. It’s designed to present our research and information resources in a way that accommodates people with different levels of search experience and familiarity with our resources. Key features include:

  • Quick links to our most popular databases at the top
  • Simple searching & advanced searching with the Primo multi-database search system
  • Guidance for novice searchers
  • Links to in-depth information about our resources, and strategies for specific information needs

To make Library Research Center easier to find, we made it one of the six prominent links on the library homepage. This new link replaces the “Research Databases” link to our A-Z Databases page.

homepage with the new link circled

A-Z Databases lists the 100+ databases and online publications we have access to. It has filters and a search function to help find useful databases. We did find that some students misunderstood the nature of the page, assuming it to be a topical search tool rather than a database-finding tool. This sometimes led to erroneous conclusions about the availability of materials on their research topic. Hopefully the more descriptive labels for our other links to A-Z Databases, which can be found in places including the Library Research Center page and in the “Research” menu that appears at the top of almost every library web page, will help reduce confusion.

Library Research Center page with the See the full list of databases: A-Z Databases link highlighted
The Library Research Center and A-Z Databases pages are easily reachable from the menu.
Website research submenu with first two links circled.

Cool Mobile Power Units in the Library!

January 19, 2024 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments

Flex Mobile Power Units On Cart

“Power Up” in the library with our Flex Mobile Power Units!

What is a Flex Mobile Power Unit?

  • It can power your laptop, and electronic devices.
  • It has 3 USB-C ports and 1 USB-A port.

Devices must be used in the Learning Commons and Library. Return to charging cart after use. Remember to bring your own USB charging cable to use these mobile power devices.

Find the Flex Mobile Power Units on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Learning Commons and Library. See me or other library staff at the circulation desk to learn more.


Eileen Sakamoto

Spring 2024 Library Hours & Services

January 2, 2024 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Spring 2024 Library Hours Flyer

Aloha Leeward faculty & staff! Our Spring 2024 hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. 




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  Image by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay


Semester loan laptops are now available for Leeward CC students! Since we have a limited supply, these laptops are first come, first serve. 

4-hour loan laptops are also available for on-campus use. Students can check out these laptops at our self-service kiosk. To check out a laptop, students will need a smart device to scan the QR code displayed on the kiosk. 

We have other mobile devices available such as iPads, headphones, and computer mice. Browse our equipment inventory at go.hawaii.edu/PJP

Other Library Services . . . 


Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance. We’re ready to support you!

Finals Countdown: Dec 4-15

November 27, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Finals Countdown begins next week! 

Fall 2023 Finals Countdown Flyer

Finals Countdown: December 4-15

For more information about services and events, visit our Finals Countdown page at go.hawaii.edu/yTR

*Funded by ASUH-Leeward CC. Validated Leeward CC ID required. 

Register for Our Panel Discussion: U.S Imperialism and Settler Colonialism

October 30, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Lowering of the Hawaiian Flag, Annexation Ceremony, August 12, 1898
Hawaii State Archives: https://digitalarchives.hawaii.gov/item/ark:70111/0fsV

Difficult Knowledge: U.S. Imperialism and Settler Colonialism in Hawaiʻi

Eiko Kosasa
Annemarie Paikai
Wayde Oshiro

Junie Hayashi


“As the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss,” and indeed, the ignorance of the colonization and continued occupation of Hawaiʻi has been a privilege to settlers in Hawaiʻi.”
 – S. Matsuda and K. Komeiji

In Leeward’s new mission, the college affirms its “special commitment to Native Hawaiians.” One of the pillars of the new strategic plan is Native Hawaiian Place of Learning. The stated vision of this pillar is to “[c]reate a visible and celebrated connection to the ʻāina (land) for the betterment of Hawai‘i’s indigenous people and all campus community members.”

  • Why does Leeward have a special commitment to Native Hawaiians?
  • What is the role of non-indigenous people (settlers) in supporting indigenization and Native Hawaiians?

The panelists (Eiko Kosasa, Annemarie Paikai, and Wayde Oshiro) will discuss difficult knowledge, i.e., U.S. imperialism and settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi, and connect these forms of conquest and domination to present-day Leeward Community College. The panelists will describe their experiences participating in an ad hoc learning community last summer. They will share their plan to create a learning community that will bring together faculty and staff in a safe and supportive environment where they can educate themselves on the legacy of settler colonialism and identify ways to support indigenization efforts at Leeward.

To prepare for this discussion, please read “Difficult Knowledge: U.S. Imperialism and Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i” by Eiko Kosasa.

Register for our Zoom session at: go.hawaii.edu/yYy
Monday, November 6th
12:00 – 1:00pm

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