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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.

  • 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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Instructional Technology

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Automation

The Millard Sheets Library is automated with VTLS Virtua software. Modules in use include Cataloging, Circulation, OPAC with a Web iPortal Gateway, and Reserve Room. We are in process of implementing the Serials module over the next year.

Computers for Student Use

There are 40+ iMacs available for students and faculty. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word are the main applications installed. One station has a scanner with Photoshop available.

Printing

There is a high volume printers in the Library for student use metworked to all computers. At present, printing is free, but you are required to login with your Xnumber and password. If you use more than your initial allotment of copies, you will be required to go to Academic Computing and request more.

Copying

There are two copiers in the Library for student use, one of which is a color copier. They reduce and enlarges. Copies range from $.10 each for black and white to $.50 for small color copies and $1 for large.

Proxy Server

The Library subscribes to 15 different databases which are available throughout the campus through IP address recognition. Databases may be accessed off campus through the Proxy Server.

Wireless Web Connection

There are several wireless access points on campus, including one in the Library. If you wish to take advantage of wireless cabability, simply go to the 4th floor Academic Computing Department. They have a form you will fill out and they will provide a key and assistance. Coming Soon: Automatic sign-on with Xnumber and password.

Video/DVD Viewing

Videos and DVDs circulate, but if needed, there is a viewing area with a monitor and VHS and DVD players. Most iMacs will play DVDs and headphones are available to check out.

Library Web

The Library website is designed to provide a learning environment for students and faculty. Links to all Library resources are available as well as Otis-specific tutorials and librarian-recommended websites.

Information Literacy

Otis has an Information Competency Across the Curriculum Program managed through this website. There are also many course pathfinders --maps which will walk you through the steps of research for a particular course. These are created in close collaboration with the faculty.

Image Collections
In 2001, the OtisDID (Digital Image Database) software was installed and in now in use in several courses. The Library is currently building an art history image bank, currently at 12,000 images, to support faculty instruction. New teachers wanting to use the DID for teaching are added each year.

O-Space

Course support materials for many classes will be available through O-Space, the Otis Learning Management System which provides basic course websites with tools for online discussions, announcements, and downloading course content such as readings or assignments.  The instructors let students know if they expect them to use O-Space.