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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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Material and Checkout Policy

The Library manages the lending of materials to faculty and staff (borrowers) using the Virtua system. Currently employed faculty and staff with a valid Otis ID and a completed Library Checkout Agreement form may reserve and checkout materials using the following procedures. The Checkout Agreement outlines the basic terms and conditions of the transaction as well as the borrowers responsibility while using library materials.

A complete list of library policies can be found on our website and in both the Faculty Handbook and Employee Handbook.

Renewals

  Books Videos / DVDs / Blu-rays iPad/tablets/e-Readers
Initial Checkout 3 weeks 1 week 1 week
Renewals Available 2 1 0

 

  • Renewals will not be allowed if there is a Request for the item in the system.
  • Online renewals: Starting 3 days before materials are due, when a borrowers library account is current and they have no library issued holds, materials may be renewed online or through the Library’s Online Public Access Catalog using their Otis Xnumber and Self-Service PIN.
  • If the borrower has difficulty renewing items, they should contact the circulation desk immediately.

Equipment Use

  • The Library’s equipment inventory is regularly maintained and considered to be in good condition for their circulation age, and in the case of electronic or visual media, in good working order.
  • The borrower is responsible for inspecting the equipment before they leave the library. If any missing or damaged items are found, they must notify the technician on duty and make note of the condition in the system.
  • The equipment is to be used in accordance with the proper operating procedures outlined in the user documentation.
  • The Library is not responsible for data left on any laptop, tablet, or other device. The borrower is responsible for backing­‐up all data before returning equipment.

Repair and Replacement

  • The borrower is expected to return materials clean and in working order, and is responsible for all repair or replacement costs for damage caused during their use.
  • Replacement costs are assessed at the time it becomes clear that the materials will not be returned, and vary based on availability and value of each item. Repair costs will be estimated by the library’s cataloger. The replacement equipment must be the same ISBN or model, and condition, or newer equivalent.
  • Please see the Library’s Circulation Manager for an itemized list of materials and costs being billed.
  • Payment should be made at the Library Circulation Desk, by cash or check.

Holds and Recourse*

  • A Checkout Hold is automatically placed on the borrower’s account once any material is overdue in the system. A Checkout Hold will prevent the patron from borrowing materials from the library.
  • Any Library materials overdue 30 days from the original due date and/or non­‐payment of repair or replacement costs will be noted as delinquent in the Virtua system.
  • Faculty account delinquencies will be forwarded to the Provost’s Office, and non‐Academic Affairs Staff delinquencies will be referred to Human Resources. Non-payment of repair or replacement charges will be noted in the context of annual Performance Evaluations.

*It is not within the Library’s purview to make exceptions to College checkout policies; Faculty may direct their concerns to the Provost’s Office, and Staff to Human Resources, should the need arise.

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