German Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in German is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Germanic area of the Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies. Many interests of these sections of the department overlap with other departments and collections, especially Linguistics and History, so some collection activity may occur in these collections.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas: The Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies offers programs of study leading to the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Germanic languages and literatures.

Within these general guidelines, priority in collection is given to areas of current faculty teaching and research interests, including, but not limited to: German language; Germanic linguistics; second-language acquisition; German authors; 18th century to modern literature; baroque and romantic literature; textual analysis; deconstruction; critical theory; syntax; folklore; fairy tales; German civilization; and German-Jewish culture.

Languages: Most materials are in German or English, but materials in various Germanic or romance languages are collected as appropriate, especially for European literature studies.

Geographical Areas: Materials concerning areas of Europe where German is spoken are of principal interest, but some materials on Germans in other parts of the world, as well as works by German authors writing in other countries are also collected.

Chronological Limits: Materials collected cover the 18th century to present, with some earlier materials collected occasionally.

Date of Publication: Emphasis is on recent imprints, but some older works are collected as appropriate.

Place of Publication: Most materials collected are published in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, but North American and British imprints are also collected.

Types of Materials

The primary emphasis is on monographs of university level or interest; i.e., scholarly and creative works on literature, novels, theatre, poetry, essays, anthologies. Revised, augmented or corrected editions are collected as well as editions of standard literary works with new critical commentaries or new editors. Works by and about certain literary authors are collected in depth. Some monographic series are collected on standing order.

Subscriptions to serials are entered and maintained according to faculty research interests.

Electronic versions of materials are also acquired, especially some full-text journals. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.) other factors are also 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

Other Resources

Sources Outside UCSB: Interlibrary loan is used for many materials. Many requests for older materials are satisfied through ILL, but if the demand is of a continuing nature, the material is considered for acquisition.

When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections and maximize the utility of spending. UCSB works actively with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials. Membership of the German collection specialist in the Southern California Germanists (German librarians from UCSB, UCLA, UCI, UCR, UCSD and USC) also allows for resource sharing and consultation on purchases.


Author: markham [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Jim Markham).
Policy Last Updated: October 2004