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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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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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Library and Its Collections

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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.