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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Information Literacy = Survival

As this video demonstrates so well, we are living in a rapidly changing world where the amount of information is staggering. Through technology, we now have access to constantly expanding multiple media information sources.

The ability to find, identify, evaluate, and use information has become a survival skill for college, work and daily life.

Information Literacy is an important component of the Otis curriculum, particularly in Liberal Studies, and is woven through all four years. The Core Competency states that Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.

In Liberal Arts and Sciences, in studio, in future workplaces, and in students' personal lives there is a need constantly expanding skills to successfully negotiate information spaces and to filter what is found.

 

By the end of an Otis education, students should be able to:

  • Define and articulate each various need for information.
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  • Use the information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues that surround the use of information and use that information ethically and legally.

Information Literacy is a critical skill that will support success both during time at Otis and after.

All students are required to complete a series of online Tutorials and use the skills learned for research in all courses. Otis Faculty members have collaborated with the Otis Librarian to create Course Pathfinders and other Guides located on the Library web site.

Librarians are readily available to answer questions and provide additional instruction and assistance when asked.

Information literacy actually involves the integration of many literacies: library expertise, computer skills, media literacy, technology, ethics, critical thinking and communication.

 

Video: Thanks to Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Xplane. Sources.

 

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