A NEXUS FOR INFORMATION AND IMAGINATION.
Goals of the Otis Library
Information Literacy ILO
Otis College graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.
Databases - The Library subscribes to many and they include millions of articles.
Media Collection - circulating DVDs housed on the north wall.
Materials Collection - circulating materials located near the Circulation Desk.
Journals and Magazines - Currently the library subscribes to 150 and maintains bound issues of scores of titles going back to the 1940s.Located in the center of the library space. Magazine Holding List.
Image collections - These include the OtisDID (Digital Image Database), an art history image bank to support teaching now numbers 46,000 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.
Otis College Special Collections include
Material from these collections are housed at the back of the library in room 100 D and are available by request between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Most items may only be viewed within the library under supervision. (Note: Some items are too fragile to be scanned or xeroxed.) Please contact Catalog and Special Collections Librarian Cathy Chambers for an appointment.
Otis Faculty may place materials on Reserve in the Library for their students. Reserves are really an extension of the classroom. They include books, copies of chapters from books, and articles from journals and newspapers.
Reserve items may be books or videos from our collection or be personal copies. Please treat them all with care.
These items are held at the Circuation Desk.
These reserve items may be checked out for a limited time, from 2 hours to 2 days.
These items are held at the Circuation Desk.
In library use only reserve materials may not leave the Library. Patrons can view (or scan or copy) them within the library. This is mostly done to ensure that there will always be 1 copy available to any student.
These items are shelved in the Main Stacks.
Non-circulating Items may not leave the Library. Patrons can view (or scan or copy) them within the library. This option is used mainly by core classes, such as Introduction to Visual Culture, to ensure that all students will be able to find at least one book on a specific topic.
Library Support Services (formerly the Visual Resources Center, or VRC) is the place for you to find still and moving images to support the curriculum at Otis College of Art and Design. We manage the OtisDID (the digital image database), Otis Collections Online, iPads, and the Video section. We are located in the Millard Sheets Library on the first floor of the Residence Hall.
Mondays - Fridays 9am - 5pm
Heather Cleary, Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian
Derek McMullen, Photographic Imaging Technician
Artists' Books Image Database
In June 2003, the Getty Grant Program provided funds to the Millard Sheets Library to catalog and digitize our entire collection of 2,500 artists' books. As of January 2006, most of the project has been completed and the collection is available thorough to the public through a new digital asset management system and Collections Online website. (The original homegrown experimental database is no longer available.)
Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID)
Since 2002, the Library's major project was to assist the art historians to move from slides to the use of digital images in the classroom. We adopted the James Madison Digital Image Database software. The OtisDID allows professors to create lectures, digitally project images in the classroom, and then easily make them availableto students as web study guides.
Currently, there are over 29,000 images available, with more added every week. Although the collection focuses on Modernism, images of art, architecture, and design from many cultures and time periods are included. In accordance with fair use guidelines, the images are purchased from vendors, harvested from subscription databases, web databases, CD-ROMS, scanned from slides, and occasionally scanned from books and magazines. This database is only available to current students, faculty, and staff.
Faculty Art Database: This project began in summer 2002. It provides information and access to select images of artwork produced by Otis faculty. Currently, 33 faculty are participating with 451 images available. Faculty are encouraged to contact the VRC if they wish their images added.
Otis History: Past and Present: The Otis Archives are now online with over 1,000 images, including the entire 80 pages of the 1975 historical document, The Otis Story.
Woman's Building Image Archive: In 1997, as part of the Getty Information Institute's "Faces of L.A." Project, more than 1500 images documenting the history of this unique L.A. Arts institution were selected and digitized. They are now available through the Woman's Building site.
Digital imaging projects are primarily under the direction of the Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian, Heather Cleary.