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    May 30| Academic Dates
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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Library and Its Collections

Student browsing in the stacks

A collection of 45,000 books is focused primarily in broad areas of art and design, with an emphasis on a diversity of cultural practices, art history, and contemporary art and artists. Exhibition catalogs are integrated into the circulating collection. We have an additional 110,000 e-books, a broad collection tailored towards undergraduates in all fields.

There are more than 5,000 videos/DVDs which circulate.

Currently the library subscribes to 150 periodicals and maintains bound issues of scores of titles going back to the 1940s.

The Library also subscribes to several online databases which include the full text of thousands of additional periodicals as well as e-books and images.

Among the holdings are a special collection of 3,000 artists' books which include works by important contemporary artists such as Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, and Vito Acconci.

Image collections are handled within the Visual Resources Center. In 2001, the OtisDID (Digital Image Database) presentation software was installed and is now in use by most art history professors. The art history image bank to support teaching now numbers 30,000 images.

The Library also maintains the Otis Collections Online, a web database of digital images by, for and about the Otis Community, which includes the Otis Archives and images of the Artists' Books Collections, as well as student and faculty work.

The Otis curriculum supports an Information Literacy requirement. Faculty collaborate with the Library to implement research components in specific courses, the sum total of which assures that students demonstrate competency in the location and evaluation of information resources. The Library maintains this website with interactive tutorials and pathfinders for the purpose of teaching information literacy. It also serves as a gateway to resources for students and faculty. Otis librarians conduct tours, speak to classes, and teach students one-on-one.
 

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