Streaming Films for Black History Month

Black History Month has become an international celebration intended to recognize the contributions and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage. It’s also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes.
Please take a moment to consider the Black History Month films in the library-subscribed Feature Films for Education and Films on Demand streaming media collections.  
Log into the Feature Films for Education database to stream one or all of them (you can get a sneak peek of what’s in the collection with this PDF view of titles). 
NOTE: these films don’t stream too well on old or finicky browsers. Students can borrow a new Lenovo laptop from the library to stream these films effortlessly – please have your students visit the library’s Equipment Catalog to make the request). 
Sample titles in Feature Films for Education:
Black History Month film covers
And here’s a list of the titles that Films on Demand has identified for Black History Month:
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross series
  • Ken Burns: Jazz series
  • Reconstruction: America After the Civil War series
  • Outlier: The Story of Katherine Johnson
  • Clementine Hunter’s World
  • Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century 
  • Strange Fruit 
  • Charley Pride: I’m Just Me
  • The Apollo
  • For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots (University Edition) series
  • The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords 
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Let Freedom Ring: Moments from the Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1965
Please contact us for help accessing these resources. 

Higher education included in President Biden’s first policy changes!

Here’s an update from Meg Foster of Innovators Educators:

“This week marks the beginning of the Biden administration.  Higher education was included in President Biden’s first policy changes.  On his first day in office, President Biden extended a pause on federal student loan repayment and codified the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The executive order that barred diversity training by federal grantees and contractors was repealed.  The Biden administration also appears to have put an end to the 1776 Project: a faux-historical publication criticized by academics as a whitewash of U.S. history.”

Copyright & Fair Use Resources for the UHMC Community

The massive transition to online learning in the country has raised the educational consciousness around the concepts of copyright and fair use.
In response, the library has created a resource guide outlining some of the challenges/decisions required by copyright, strategies for determining fair use exceptions, and resources for finding non-copyright infringing materials.
None of the information should be construed as legal advice.  But librarian Jeffrey Marzluft has done somewhat of a deep dive on the subject and he is happy to answer any questions, discuss your situation, or assist in fairuse determination.
Meanwhile, if you want a quick introduction to copyright and fair use, he suggests this clever 10 minute video which uses Disney clips with much irony to provide its overview.

Free Resources to Help with Remote Learning in 2021

by Campus Technology
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“As the pandemic continues bringing change to higher education through the academic year, faculty, instructional designers and IT professionals are being more selective about the technology they choose for instructing and engaging students. While hundreds of education companies, nonprofits and other organizations made their software and services free during the immediate switch to remote learning, many have become more thoughtful about how they help educators master online and blended instruction. We’ve winnowed through our original collection and sprinkled additions throughout, to bring you this updated set of free resources to help with remote learning in 2021.”

Read more…

Virtual Tour for ARTS WEEK ~ A New Student Arts Showcase Experience

Visit your virtual library to explore UHMC student art!


“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” This quote by Jorge Luis Borges is rather perfect for this week—UHMC ARTS WEEK, where our new, imaginative library features an Art Gallery!

ARTS WEEK has become the College’s biannual exhibition of student art. Past events have included studio art, creative media, music, fashion design, and performance literary arts. This year, the library is proud to host and curate a virtual student arts exhibition, with provided faculty submissions.

In preparation for Spring 2021, we’re building a new kind of virtual library experience—reimagining library tours, scavenger hunts, and other engagements for exploration and learning. For the purpose of ARTS WEEK the virtual Arts Gallery has opened early, for all to explore! Once you enter the virtual library, you will see the Art Gallery indicated in pink. All other rooms will open in January.


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The virtual library is being built with good ‘ol Google Slides. The art gallery currently consists of nearly 100 slides. Thanks for your patience as it loads. Please address questions or comments to:

Let’s bury 2020!

We are living through history right now ~ Let’s preserve it with a time capsule

This year the UHMC Library turned 50.

Originally we were planning a campus-wide event in the library to commemorate its opening in 1970. Considering our options, in this year like no other, we’ve decided to “re-bury” the library time capsule, instead (built in the 1980s near the elevator on the main floor) with artifacts, experiences and memories from 2020.

Nearly every week of 2020 has brought a development that, by itself, would have been a major substantive event in other times—the pandemic crisis, racial injustice issues, environmental tragedies and change, The Big Election… So, what could we pack up and bury that would represent our collective college experience of 2020? What would you like to share with our future academic community, 25 (or 50?) years in the future?

So far we have prepared for the vault a bottle of hand sanitizer, some PPE samples, an anti-racism bestseller, someone’s maiau t-shirt, and library-specific memorabilia. We’d love to include anything you’d like to add (the vault is pretty big). It would be great to share with the future a cache of student coursework or reflections. This New York Times article has some cool ideas for other types of artifacts to consider.

If you or your students would like to contribute to the library time capsule, please let me know ( is best). We’d plan to bury it by the end of the year.

Thank you & Cheers,


Celebrate Online Learning @ Your Library

As National Distance Learning Week (Nov 9-13) comes to a close, we’d like to take this moment to thank all of those who have supported online learners this year. In addition to appreciating instructors, staff members, and administrators, we’d like to thank those writers, editors, and publishers who have prioritized free and easy access to valuable information over monetary gain. These “open” texts are particularly important to our online learners now, in this year unlike any other. 

UH Press has recently published book 3 of The Value of HawaiʻiThe Value of Hawaiʻi 3: Hulihia, the Turning is available for free on the UH ScholarSpace as PDF or EPUB download. The description of the book explains well why this compilation of short essays is the latest essential text for our times:

The Value of Hawaii“Hulihia” refers to massive upheavals that change the landscape, overturn the normal, reverse the flow, and sweep away the prevailing or assumed. We live in such days. Pandemics. Threats to ʻāina. Political dysfunction, cultural appropriation, and disrespect. But also powerful surges toward sustainability, autonomy, and sovereignty.

Books 1 and 2 are also available online, through the library ebook system. Check out our Researching Local Topics research guide for access links.






Ocean debris, rising tides, urbanizations and industrializations, and coqui frogs…

In addition to a rise we’re seeing in students’ interest in cultural issues and topics, our online learners continue to seek out an increasing number of resources for civic environmentalism. In order to keep up with these rising demands, we’ve added a collection of 3-minute, critical thinking videos about Culture & Citizenship (published by Credo Reference – UHMC credentials required for access).









One librarian’s candid reviews on some popular engagement technology — cool stuff for use in the classroom, meetings, or presentations!

Jamboard (white board for posting and drawing and uploading images):
This is a good platform for the anonymous posting of ideas (number of characters are limited, so short posts only). The benefits include that it’s a free Google app (so participants may feel comfortable finding and using it), and that it’s super basic and really easy to set up and use. My favorite thing about Jamboard is that you can connect multiple boards, so Jamboard is more like interactive whiteboard slides.

The limitations may be: Not the best platform for commenting on posts or ideas (posts and comments look the same and aren’t automatically linked), you can’t add hyperlinks, and the space isn’t very big, so maybe not ideal for lots of posts (it doesn’t automatically expand).


Padlet (online ‘Pin board’ where users can post their thoughts on a topic, add pictures, audio, videos, links and upload documents.):

If you want a platform for posting a variety of types of content (sticky notes, websites, videos, photos, etc.), with the ability to comment on each post, Padlet may work for you. Padlet has a variety of templates to choose from, which is fun and you can customize the boards based on your needs – for example there’s a “mind-mapping” board.

Also, Padlet will expand as the number of notes grows, which allows for a lot of posts, but there’s only one board, so it’s limited to one question or topic per board. The other possible downfall of Padlet is that you can only own three boards before you need to pay for the upgrade. Padlet can be used anonymously or users can login to post and comment with their name. (I know a few faculty who love Padlet and happily pay the extra $8/month for Pro, but we’re hoping to get pro licenses with CARES). Padlet will integrate with Laulima).
(thanks for Laureen for introducing this product to me!)
I think this is one of the better Q&A and polling platforms out there. You can create an “event” where you ask questions either live or as a link that’s active for a set amount of time. So I think the real benefit of Slido is that responses don’t have to be done quickly live. Posting is anonymous. You simply give participants a code to put into the webpage and they can add their comments and thoughts on their on time. The main disadvantage is that you’ll need to upgrade to Pro if you want to use it beyond asking just 3 questions. (we’re hoping to get pro license with CARES)

Ice Breaker (and stress releaser) Games ♠️
I’m all about the “levity” apps and engagements these days! Here are two easy, quick and fun online games that I learned about in a student-led convention:

Spyfall online interactive card game. Best for smaller groups (6 to 8 players is ideal, but you can play with up to 12 people). Low stakes, good ‘ol fashioned card game fun that encourages creative and critical thinking. Kinda like a fast game of Clue.

And (like Pictionary) – seems really dorky at first, but actually fun (online drawing is hard – and funny!) 

/your librarian, ellen

Take a game break!

Recommended by Phi Theta Kappa honors students, here are two fun classroom icebreakers. (like online Pictionary)

Spyfall (based on the card game)
Spyfall is played over several rounds, and at the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — a casino, a traveling circus, a pirate ship, or even a space station — except that one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location.

Have fun!

Celebrate Constitution Day with a Spotlight on Voter Rights and Electoral Advocacy

For this election year’s Constitution Day (September 17), I’ve put together a library guide to help support U.S. Constitution education as well as voter rights and electoral advocacy. 
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I hope you’ll take a moment tomorrow (or sometime soon) to consider voter rights and the millions of Americans that have been intentionally and systematically kept out of the electoral process. 
These “low-propensity” voters—many of whom are people of color, younger, and from lower income brackets—face undue obstacles to voting. And now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the added health risk of voting in person makes for a devastating set of barriers to participation for these individuals.

There is hope that these people will vote
 at higher rates if we help make doing so more accessible for them. Please explore some of the resources on the library guide and beyond, if you are interested in this topic (and, I’m still collecting resources, if you’d like to send me additional links to share). 
~Librarian Ellen

August hours and a new appointment booking system – BOOK NOW!

Aloha UHMC ‘Ohana~

You might be able to relate to this – I’ve spent all summer obsessively preparing for every possible scenario I can imagine for fall 2020, and I still feel underprepared. So this is what I’m gonna be thinking as I drive to work on Monday: Don’t let “perfection be the enemy of good” (translating  Voltaire). No matter what we do, this year will be different. Let’s make this year as good for the students and our campus community as possible, and accept that that is OK.

If easy is good, please note that everything mentioned in this post can be found on the library homepage or mobile app. If you’re not an app-wielding library power user (yet), you can text library to 808-518-4080 to receive back a link to the library homepage (save the library SMS number in your phone for when you may need to text a librarian!).

Here are the indoor and outdoor service hours we’re trying for August:

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We’ve been experimenting building an online booking system. So far we’re liking it!  BOOK NOW! is an automated system that should streamline and simplify the complicated business of scheduling all our seats, services, materials, and equipment.

  • BOOK NOW! to book study desks, computer lab seats, and equipment (scanner, printer, piano) in the library.
  • BOOK NOW! for library Grab & Go of books, prints, scans, and equipment outside.
  • BOOK NOW! to book laptop and other equipment loans.
  • BOOK NOW! to schedule appointments with librarians and tech tutors.Access BOOK NOW! easily from the library homepagemobile app, QR code, or text booknow to 808-518-4080 to receive the link on your mobile phone.
  • Once we get past the first weeks of school and see how this is working, we’ll look at the changes we may need to make for September hours, services, and library building access.🦄 peace & love,
    your librarian ellen