Events
  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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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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