Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Patron Empowerment

General Policies

  • There is no copy stand available for use; please contact the Photo Lab on the sixth floor.
  • The library maintains an ongoing collection of magazines. We do not throw them away. Bound volumes of back issues can be found in the periodicals stacks.
  • Magazines, Reference, Special Collections and Artist's Books do NOT circulate. A copier and a large format, flatbed scanner are both available for your use. There is a 15-minute time limit for these machines while other patrons are waiting.
  • Allow 24 hours when requesting Bound Periodicals that are located in the Library Annex. Request forms are available at the circulation desk. You may also page items through the online catalog. Requests expire after one day, materials will then be reshelved.
  • Special Collections and Artist's Books are available only between 9 am and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. An appointment is recommended.
  • Reserve materials are held behind the Circulation Desk. To access reserve materials, please present the circulation staff with the following information: Teacher's name, class name, title of item, author of item, nature of material (book, Xerox, reader, etc..). All patrons, including staff and faculty must check out reserve materials if they wish to remove them from behind the circulation desk.

Patron Empowerment

The Otis Library encourages patron self empowerment. For your convenience, many transactions are available online including:

  •     Viewing what is checked out and account status
  •     Placing "holds" on materials checked out to other users
  •     Renewing your library materials.

Your Xnumber and Self Service Pin will be required.

Do not reshelve books, magazines or videos once you have removed them from their resting place. We prefer that you do not leave books or magazines on the tables. When you have finished with them, please place them on the book carts.

You are required to present your Otis ID when requesting library transactions. While the Otis library is available for use by the general public, circulation privileges are only offered to faculty, staff, and the students who are enrolled in degree programs. Before full library privileges are granted, you must:

  •     Obtain an Otis ID card from Student Services department
  •     Sign a Library Agreement Form

Overdue Fines

The library considers compliance with due dates and overdue fines part of your education.

Returns

  • There is a book return slot in the circulation desk near the entrance.
  • There is an AFTER HOURS book drop available at the opposite end of the library entry hall.
  • Items placed in this book drop will be checked in on the following business day. The book drop is checked only once a day.
  • Please do not place videos in the book drop.
  • Please remember to check all books for personal paperwork and remove all bookmarks including post-it notes.
  • Videos and DVDs, CDs, CDXs, and World Music Tapes must be returned during business hours and placed in the video return slot that is just outside the library security gates. Please be certain that all of the materials are placed in their corresponding cases, barcodes facing out.
  • Remember to rewind VHS tapes.

Office Supplies

  • Two color copiers and two large-format flatbed scanners are available for your use. The use of the scanner is free. The copy machines do not take coins or bills. Use your student ID card and a debit or credit card to add value to your Paper Cut account. There is a card vend machine next to both the left copy machine arnd the Main Computer lab.
  • Black & white copies are 5 cents each. Color copies are $.50 to $1. Please do not attempt to install paper in any Library owned machine. Library Staff are happy to help.
  • Standard stapler, hole punch, and pencil sharpener, are located at the office supply station just right of the entrance. Please do not remove these materials from that location. Always clean up after yourself. White-out, glue stick, heavy-duty stapler, staple remover, compass, protractor, scotch tape, scissors, long-neck stapler and golf pencils are available for use upon request at the for use at the circulation desk.
  • Please supply your own pens, paper clips, erasers and paper. Please refrain from removing paper from the copy machine or printer. You may have as much scrap paper as you like.
  • Blue Books are sold in the Liberal Studies office. Text Books are sold at the beginning of every semester in the online bookstore, not in the library.
  • Scissors, knives, X-acto blades, razor blades and all cutting devices are not permitted within the library. Please leave them in your car or your locker. If the library staff sees you with any cutting device in the library, it will be confiscated until you leave the library.

Play Well with Others

  • The library is divided into two zones, talking and no talking. Please whisper while you are in the no talking section. Group study is allowed at the couches and at the talking zone tables only. Rambunctious behavior is not permitted.
  • Please be considerate of others. Cell phone conversations should be conducted outside of the library.
  • Do not run through the security gates--even if you are late for class.
  • Beverages ARE allowed in the library but only those with lids. Greasy snacks are dangerous because the grease on your fingers can damage our books. Please refrain from bringing meals into the library. Please clean up after yourself.

 

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