Chemical Engineering Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in chemical engineering is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Chemical Engineering department up through the doctoral level, and related centers, such as the UCSB Center for Contro, Dynamical Systems and Computation. Many interests of the Chemical Engineering department overlap with those of the Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Materials departments, and so some collection activity may occur in those collections.

Academic Department/Program Description and Curriculum

The UCSB Chemical Engineering Department carries out research in the areas of Biomaterials and Bioengineering; Catalysis, Kinetics and Reaction Engineering; Electronic and Photonic Materials; Fluids, Transport and Safety; Inorganic, Cermaic and Structural Materials; Polymers and Complex Fluids; and Process Control and Computation. Many faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students are also involved in interdisciplinary programs, including the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, the Materials Research Laboratory, the Instittue for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Center for Risk Studies and Safety.

The Department offers the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, with tracks in Basic Chemical Engineering; Biochemical Engineering and Biomaterials; Environment, Risk and Safety; Materials Science and Engineering; and Process Control and Mathematics/Computation. At the graduate level, the Department offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas:The major emphasis is on biotechnology and bioengineering; catalysis, kinetics and reaction engineering; electronic and photonic materials; fluids, transport phenomena and safety; inorganic materials; polymers and complex fluids; chemical process control and computation, surfaces and interfacial phenomena; with priority given to areas of current faculty research.

Languages: Although English is the primary language, materials in other languages are also acquired on a selective basis. If at all possible, translations into English are preferred, especially for those materials which are in Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Chronological Limits: Primary collecting interest in both books and journals is in current research in chemical engineering, bioengineering and related fields..

Date of Publication: Materials of the past five to six years are of primary importance for both monographs and serials.

Types of Materials

In decreasing importance these materials are acquired: serials, monographs, proceedings/transactions, technical reports/government documents, theses. Generally, for monographs,electronic copies are acquired unless the price is prohibitive or available only in another format. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level. Reference materials have a high priority in acquisition, and may be acquired in print or electronic form depending on availability and relative price.

 For serials, online campuswide access is the preferred form over print. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.), other factors are considered. These include:

  • Method of access: non-proprietary protocols such as the World Wide Web and document formats such as HTML and PDF are preferred
  • Availability: access to the entire campus is preferred to library-only access
  • Licensing requirements
  • Availability of archives

For secondary literature, campuswide electronic access is desirable where available and affordable, followed by print access and mediated online searching where necessary. Exclusions: popular books are generally excluded.

Systemwide and Other Resources

The sheer volume of published material makes it nearly impossible to collect any discipline -- and especially chemical engineering -- at anything resembling a comprehensive level. As such, Interlibrary Loan is used, and monitored to provide insight into collection areas requiring increased attention.

When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections and maximize the utility of spending. UCSB actively works with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials.


Author: Chuck Huber
Policy Last Updated: July 2012