Film and Media Studies Collection Development Policy


The purpose of the film and media studies collection development policy is to provide guidelines for the acquisition of materials in the field of film and media\.


The UCSB Libraries film and media collection’s primary intent is to develop a research level collection that supports the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level film and media studies curriculum offerings of the UCSB Film & Media Studies and the teaching and research needs of the faculty. Primary users of the collection are students, faculty and other members of the campus community doing research or seeking information on a topic in or relating to film and media studies.

The purpose of the Film and Media Studies collection at the Davidson Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara is to support study and teaching through the undergraduate major, M.A./Ph.D degree program and to support the research by faculty in the Film and Media Studies Department. The Film and Media Studies program is unique and innovative and thus the curriculum is subject to change due to the experimental nature of the field.


Subject Coverage

Highest priority is given to the literature produced in the United States and the United Kingdom (research level) with representative collections from other countries who produce research level materials in the area of Film and Media Studies. Most materials are collected in the language that they were produced. Additional priority is to collect periodicals that deal with film and film criticism, as this represents where most discussion of film takes place. The emphasis of the Film and Media Studies program is critical and historical rather than technical, so the collection reflects this emphasis. Where possible, primary source materials, especially where reproduced in microform, are collected as well as those screenplays that can be readily obtained

Types of Materials

Both scholarly and mainstream works from academic and trade publishers are acquired. Monographs and serials form the largest part of the collection. Subscriptions to new journals are acquired after careful review by the Film and Media Studies Collection Manager and when necessary in consultation with the Film and Media Studies faculty. Reference materials, indexes and abstracts are purchased extensively. Relevant electronic resources, including online databases and full text materials are also acquired as appropriate. Unpublished thesis and dissertations from other institutions, facsimiles, early editions and newspapers are acquired on a highly selective basis and upon faculty request. The Government Documents Librarian acquires government publications. Microform sets and audio-visual materials are also sought for the collection as appropriate. In the past, expensive microform sets have been purchased collectively through the University of California Performing Arts Bibliographer Consortia.

The following types of materials are not ordinarily collected: textbooks, minor revisions and reprints of works.


Primarily English language publications are acquired. Although, media materials in Slavic Romance, Germanic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other Asian languages, however, all languages are considered.



As Film and Media Studies by nature is interdisciplinary, collection managers from other disciplines collaborate with and contribute to strengthening the Film and Media Studies collection. Therefore materials that are relevant to Film may also be relevant to Communication, Dramatic Arts, English, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Sociology, Women's Studies and the Foreign Languages programs often purchase materials related to film and media studies. It is recognized that other subject bibliographers selector regularly purchase materials important to the study of world history. The subject selectors’ work collaboratively to ensure all interdisciplinary needs are net.

Only one copy of a work is generally purchased. The various collection coordinators work collaboratively to ensure all interdisciplinary needs are met. Multiple copies are added only after careful consideration of need.


The holdings of all libraries of the University of California are available through Next-Gen MELVYL and interlibrary loan.

University of California Performing Arts Consortia.

The Performing Arts Consortia is composed of librarians from the UC campuses who are responsible for developing and managing collections in dance, film, performing arts and theatre. The purpose is to collaborate and coordinate efforts in acquiring and providing access to library resources in the performing arts. The combination of steadily increasing prices for library material, static acquisitions budgets, and growing output of published research sources requires us to move beyond traditional methods of collection development to continue to adequately support teaching and scholarship in the performing arts.

Center for Research Libraries

The UCSB libraries are voting members of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). The Center for Research Libraries, CRL, is an international not-for-profit consortium of college and university libraries that makes scholarly resources available to member libraries everywhere. CRL is governed by the major research libraries of North America and is funded by fees, grants and contributions. Open to scholars and researchers, its outstanding collections include more than five million volumes of research materials rarely held in North American libraries.

It is an established practice among UC Subject Collectors to base significant collection development decisions on the fact that as CRL members we can provide access to needed expensive specialized materials. Subject Collectors weigh every decision to add major microform sets against CRL’s holdings. The UC Libraries rely almost exclusively on CRL for access to foreign dissertations and foreign government publications.

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Author: Leahkim Gannet
Policy Last Updated: October 2011