Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.

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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.

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