The Gale Virtual Reference Library is an electronic bookshelf of reference books on a wide variety of topics, from the venerable publisher Gale.
The library welcomes Carina Chernisky as a public services specialist in the library's Circulation department and Jennifer Sunada as library secretary.
The KiMOBEAN coffee shop is now open in the Learning Commons, just off the lobby. Coffee, tea, baked goods, and other food and beverage items.
The library now subscribes to Today's Science, a database from Facts on File that bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.
Apple Mac Pro computers with specialized software for doing course projects for the Digital Art class and the Digital Media and Television Production programs are now available on both floors. Students working on such projects have priority for using these computers.
Covered drinks and light snack-type foods are now allowed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Learning Commons building under the new food and drink policy.
The library is now part of the Learning Commons, along with the Learning Resource Center, the Writing Center, the Kākoʻo ʻIke Program, and the Information Technology Group Help Desk and Test Center.
You can now reach a reference librarian by sending a text message to 779-220-0379.
The library welcomes Natalie Kahn as manager of the library's Circulation department.
The library has two computers with accessibility software for people with impaired vision. One computer has ZoomText, which allows users to magnify the screen image, and also has a high-contrast, large-character keyboard. The other computer has the JAWS screen reader, which uses a synthesized voice to read out text on the screen.
The library now subscribes to Opposing Viewpoints in Context, an online resource from Gale that provides information about current issues, with thousands of topic overviews, pro/con viewpoint essays, periodical articles, primary source documents, and much more. For more information, see the Opposing Viewpoints "about" page.
The library is pleased to be able to provide access to Community College Journal of Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal on higher education with a focus on community colleges. Our subscription, through Taylor & Francis Online, provides full-text articles from 1997 to the present.
eBook Collection is our newest database on the EBSCOhost platform. It provides thousands of electronic book titles, including more than 300 titles from the University of Hawaiʻi Press that used to be available from NetLibrary. NetLibrary was acquired by EBSCO Publishing in 2010.
The library's new Best Sellers Collection features over 200 volumes of bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from popular authors. New titles will be added each month. Books from this collection can be borrowed by Leeward CC patrons for three weeks.
On August 1st, Chris Matz begins his term as Leeward CC's new head librarian.
For users of smartphones and other moblile devices. the library's new mobile website at http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/lib/m gives easy access to library hours, location, contact info, and a brief list of services and resources. Search the online library catalog and view your library account. Search EBSCOhost, and view LibGuides. Links to other research databases with mobile interfaces will be added as they become available. You can access the mobile website by scanning an on-screen QR code.
For smartphone users, the Hawaiʻi Voyager online library catalog has a mobile version of the web interface, designed for small screens. You can access the mobile interface by going to the regular interface and clicking on the Mobile tab, or you can scan an on-screen QR Code.
Leeward CC welcomes two new librarians, Wayde Oshiro (Instruction Librarian) and Chris Matz (Distance Education and Outreach Librarian). Both gentlemen come to us with many years of experience as librarians.
The library has started subscribing to Issues & Controversies, an online database from Facts on File that provides articles that explore the different sides of current controversial topics. This joins our other FoF databases, American Women's History Online, Ancient and Medieval History Online, and Modern World History Online.
The Leeward CC Library is now on Facebook.
Most of our videotapes and DVDs can now be borrowed for seven days. This is the result of an agreement between the libraries of the University of Hawaiʻi system to lengthen the standard loan period for audiovisual materials from four days to seven days.
You can now do a New Books and Media search in the Hawaiʻi Voyager online library catalog, to find out what's been added recently.
The library now subscribes to Credo Reference, an online research tool that gives you access to articles from hundreds of reference books and other sources.
You can now use your UH username and password to log in remotely to the library's research databases, or to log in to your account on the Hawaiʻi Voyager online library system to renew books and check your record. This is the same username and password you use to log in to your UH e-mail, MyUH, Laulima, etc.
The library website has been redesigned and reorganized, to better meet the needs of its different users — people seeking information about the library and its services; researchers, with different levels of experience, using library research tools and resources to find information; and students doing the information literacy skills units, and others wishing to learn how to use the library.
The page layout has been simplified, allowing more space for actual content. This also gives us more flexibility in presenting information. A larger screen font is now used for better readability. Other features for enhanced accessibility have also been incorporated.
More information about the design of the new website is available here.