Dictionary.com’s 2013 Word of the Year: Privacy

From PRISM and the Edward Snowden scandal to the arrival of Google Glass, 2013 was the year that the desire to be seen and heard was turned on its head. Consider the following: In January, the TSA scrapped airport body scanners that produce near-naked images of travelers; In June, Edward Snowden revealed the widespread global-spying program, Project PRISM; In October, Google announced new privacy policy plans that allow the company to incorporate user data into advertisements. The discussion of privacy – what it is and what it isn’t – embodies the preeminent concerns of 2013. For this reason, privacy is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year.

Winter Interim Hours

  • December 20 to January 5
    • library closed
  • January 6 to January 10
    • library will be be closed for normal use
      • you may pay your fines/fees from 10 AM to  4 PM.
  • January 13
    • the library will be open normal hours

Thanksgiving hours

The library will be closed:

November 28 and November 29

Normal hours will resume December 2.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Read a banned book!

At least 464 formal complaints were filed in 2012 seeking to remove books from libraries or schools, according to the American Library Association, a sponsor of Banned Books Week, which runs September 22-28. Its mission is to celebrate the freedom to read and highlight the pitfalls of censorship.

The most often complained about books for 2012 are:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Available at UHMC Library.
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group. Available at UHMC Library.
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit. Available at UHMC Library.
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz. Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit. Available at UHMC Library.
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence. Available at UHMC Library.

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Hot jazz, cool classical...

or a poem on the go.

The library's popular Naxos Music Library, Jazz Library, and Spoken Word Library has apps so you can listen to streaming music on your internet device (e.g., smartphone, iPad, iPod, iPhone). Download the Naxos app from the iTunes store or Android Market, then:
  1. On a computer, click on one of the Naxos services from the UHMC Libraryʻs Search Us page.
  2. Navigate to the Playlist area and click “Sign Up” in the "Personal/Student" playlist account area.
  3. Create a login on the sign up page. This login, consisting of your email address and a custom password, then becomes your login for the app.

Mobile website

Get UHMC Library on the go!

Point your mobile browser to the regular library URL (www.maui.hawaii.edu/library) on a smartphone or other web-enabled mobile device (you will get the normal page if you go to this website on a regular computer, or laptop, or iPad).

or from your smartphone, scan this QR code: