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  • 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.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu


Using the Library

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Learning how to use the Library and do research is an important aspect of your college education.

The Library Staff is here to assist you. Please feel free to ask question. We will gladly instruct you in the use of the Otis Library online catalog (OPAC), computer programs and databases. If you have made an unsuccessful search and require help, please request additional reference support.

Periodicals: In addition to books and videos, the library maintains an ongoing collection of magazines. We do not throw them away. Bound volumes of back issues can be found in the reference section. Allow 24 hours when requesting Bound Periodicals that are located in the Library Annex. Request forms are available at the circulation desk. 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.

Special Collections and Artist's Books, are only available between 9 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Reserve materials supplied by your instructor 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..).

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 library card when requesting library transactions. No exceptions. While the Otis library collection and computer systems are available for use by the general public, circulation privileges are only offered to Faculty, Staff and the students who are enrolled in degree programs.

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 must be returned during business hours and placed in the video return slot that is just outside the library security gates. Please be certain the right materials are placed in their corresponding cases, barcodes facing out. Remember to REWIND tapes.

A copier and a large format, flatbed scanner are available for your use. The use of the scanner is free. The copy machine takes coins, 1's, 5's, 10's and 20's. Each copy is 10 cents.

Office Supplies: Standard stapler, long neck stapler, hole punch, paper cutter, ruler, pencil sharpener, scotch tape and scissors are located in 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-stic, heavy-duty stapler, staple remover, compass, protractor and golf pencils are available for use upon request. Please return them after use. 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.

Textbooks are sold at the beginning of every semester in the temporary bookstore, not in the library. Blue Books are sold in the Liberal Studies office.

Not Permitted: 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. Generally food is not allowed and definitely no greasy snacks.

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 or shout in the library.

Please keep your feet off of the furniture.

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 do not bring harmful substances of any kind into the library.

Always clean up after yourself.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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