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  • Warren Neidich

    Aug 28| Lectures
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    Warren Neidich is a Berlin and Los Angeles based post-conceptual artist, theorist and writer who explores the interfaces between cultural production, brain research and cognitive capitalism. “Art Before Philosophy not After”. His interdisciplinary works combines photographic, video, internet downloads, scotch tape  and noise installations.

    www.warrenneidich.com

  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Collection Development Policies

Kerri Steinberg

As a full partner in the educational enterprise, the role of the Library is to support and enhance the learning experience of students. We do this by:

  1. maintaining collections of books, slides, digital images, and other media which support the curriculum and goals of the college;
  2. through reference service; and
  3. through teaching students and faculty how to find and evaluate information-- visual, printed, and electronic.

Background

It is the role of the Director of the Library to select and manage the collections of the Library with the assistance of other librarians. The primary clientele for the print collection is students. The primary clientele for the slide collection and digital images is the faculty. The clientele for electronic resources is the entire Otis community.

Faculty and Chairs establish curriculum, advise students, and, in effect drive the collection needs of the Library. Whenever possible faculty bibliographies, course outlines, and specific recommendations are solicited and used to assist in collection development.

The Academic Assembly and Chairs Council advise the Director on matters of policy relating to the collection.

It is not the goal of this library to keep growing indefinitely in total number of volumes. We will continue to weed and replace outdated and little used material. The goal in to increase the collection to 50,000 volumes over the next 5 years.

Policies related to accession of donations are the same as those related to purchases. We are, however, very liberal in accepting donations as long as it is understood that we may sell or give away what we do not need. The library is thereby able to provide free or inexpensive resources to students through book sales and giveaways.

Scope of Otis Library Collection

The collection supports the mission of the college and is driven by the curriculum. We focus on 20th C. visual art, design, and fashion with an emphasis of collecting specifically to support each major at Otis. The collection also supports curricula in art history, critical studies, media studies, cultural studies, and, to varying levels, other subjects taught by the Liberal Studies department. We also collect some materials to support the extracurricular needs of the faculty and students.

Most materials that support the art and design curriculum fall within the "initial study level" and the "advanced study level." Collecting to support liberal studies is primarily at the "basic level" with the exception of Art History, which is primarily at the "initial to advanced study level." Collecting outside the areas taught is done at the "minimal level" or not at all. (*See below for a definition of levels.)

Formats Collected:

books
bibliographies (minimally)
handbooks
quick reference materials
monographs
visual resources (book format rather than picture files)
surveys & histories
textbooks (only if donated by departments)
criticism
museum collections (minimally)
technical/manuals (except computer application manuals which outdate quickly)
exhibition catalogues
periodicals and serials
abstracts and indexes
videos (art and artists, documentaries, animation, + some features)
DVDs (current area of greatest expected change)
slides
digital images
museum and gallery publications
artists' books and book art
current ephemera from galleries, art organizations (not saved)
interactive CD-ROMs (small circulating collection)
Web-based databases
Otis theses (when asked)
Otis archives

Formats Generally NOT Collected:

sales catalogues and auction catalogs (except those about about particular subjects)
trade literature (except for an occasional directory like The Workbook)
theses
primary sources
microforms
photographs and reproductions of works of art
sound recordings, films
works of art in editions (except when they could be defined as artists book)
lloan collections

Criteria for Selection:

reviews in tools such as Library Journal, Choice, and art journals
bibliographies (very selectively)
cost
usability
quality of construction
historical importance
reputation of authors/artists
number and quality of reproductions
faculty or student requests
on a course bibliography
in English
overall balance of the collection
catalog raisonne (when well-illustrated and affordable)
ciruculation statistics for similar materials

Weeding Criteria:

All of the above + the following:

total usage combined with information on last date circulated
deaccession of out-of-print materials is carefully considered
availability elsewhere
number of duplicate copies
age and/or condition
currency, timeliness
newer edition or better title available
if outside scope, suitability or appropriateness
unsolicited and unwanted gifts
fragility or need for special preservation attention
perception of possible future demand


Written Nov. 1995.
Revised and reviewed by Library Committee, Dec. 1999
Approved by Academic Assembly, Spring 2000. Updated by Library Director 5/2006

Levels of Collecting Defined (Adapted from ARLIS Standards for Art Libraries)

A. Comprehensive Level. Everything by everyone in every language on a particular subject.

B. Research Level. Like UCLA, all major books, reference works, indexing services. Aimed at researchers, i.e. Ph.D.s.

C1. Advanced Study Level. Aimed at supporting advanced undergraduates or graduates. Wide range of current and retrospective materials. Complete collection of major writers, some selections of secondary writers, selections of journals, etc.

C2. Initial Study Level. Adequate to support undergraduate courses. Judicious selection from current monographs such as those reviewed in Choice, seminal retrospective monographs, such as titles from Books for College Libraries. Selections of important works in area, the most significant works of secondary writers; current editions of the most significant reference tools and bibliographies.

D. Basic Level. Highly selective collection which serves to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. Major dictionaries and encyclopedias, selected important works, historical surveys, important bibliographies, a few major periodicals in the field.

E. Minimal Level. Only a few very basic works.