Chemistry and Biochemistry Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in chemistry and biochemistry is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department up through the doctoral level, at least meeting the requirements of the American Chemical Society for departmental accreditation.

Academic Department/Program Description and Curriculum

The UCSB Chemistry and Biochemistry Department carries out "research in the areas of Biochemistry, Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical/Theoretical Chemistry." Many faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students are also involved in interdisciplinary programs, including the Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering, the Materials Research Laboratory, the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids, and the Neuroscience Research Institute.

The Department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Chemistry, a five year joint B.S. degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, a B.S. degree in Biochemistry, and a Chemistry minor. At the graduate level, the Department offers the M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. Graduate students select one of the five traditional program areas (Biochemistry, InorganicChemistry, Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Physical Chemistry) upon selection of a research advisor, but interdisciplinary research and exploration is common and strongly

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas:The major emphasis is on analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic and organometallic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry, 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: Research journals, especially in the area of synthetic chemistry, back to the mid-1800's are used, but primary collecting interest in both books and journals is in current research in chemistry.

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 copy is acquired unless cost 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 preferred 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 chemistry and biochemistry -- 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 2014