Electrical and Computer Engineering Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in Electrical and Computer Engineering is to develop a research level collection and to support the instructional curriculum and academic subject emphases of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and related research centers.

Academic Departments

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.

Graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering are offered in three major areas of specialization: computer engineering; communications, control, and signal processing; and electronics and photonics.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas: Communications, Control, and Signal Processing, Computer Engineering and Electronics and Photonics

Languages: Although English is the primary language; materials in other languages are also acquired on a selective basis. Translations into English are preferred.

Chronological Limits: Primary collecting interest is on current research, although for some topics, historical treatments are also appropriate.

Date of Publication: Materials of the past five years are of primary importance for both monographs and serials. Works published before this time are collected selectively; retrospective materials may be purchased as need arises. Reprints of classical works may also be purchased when needed.

Types of Materials

The following types of materials are acquired: serials, monographs, proceedings & transactions, technical reports, audiovisual materials. Reference materials, research monographs, and academic journals have a high priority in acquisition. North American university press titles are received on approval. Both scholarly and mainstream works from academic and trade publishers are acquired. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level.

The following types of material are not ordinarily purchased: reprints; selected works when the Library owns the collected works; collections of reprinted articles; minor revisions; unpublished theses and dissertations.

Generally, hard copy is acquired for monographs unless available only in another format. To maximize limited resources, journals and indexes and abstracts are increasingly acquired in electronic format only, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.), other factors are considered. These include:

  • Method of access
  • Availability: access to the entire campus is preferred to library-only access
  • Licensing requirements
  • Availability of, and perpetual access to, archives

When necessary, microforms may serve as appropriate preservation media.

Exclusions: Popular books, industrial house organs, equipment/vendor catalogs, reprints from journals.

Other Resources:

System-wide Resources: UC libraries contain extensive collections in engineering related fields. Resources not owned by the UCSB Libraries are most often readily available via interlibrary loan from other UC libraries. ILL is used heavily and is monitored to provide insight into collection areas requiring increased attention. If the demand is of a continuing nature, the material is considered for acquisition.

Consortia and Cooperative Agreements: When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections, primarily through the California Digital Library. UCSB actively works with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials. Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering is enhanced by numerous CDL supported databases throughout the sciences.

Related Collection Development Policies: Given the interdisciplinary nature of electrical and computer engineering, there is considerable consultation with other science specialists for acquisition of resources relevant to this field of study.


Author: slewis [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Sandy Lewis).
Policy Last Updated: October 2004