Global and International Studies Collection Development Policy


The UCSB Davidson Library collects, manages, and provides access to the collection of literature in global and international studies fields to support the research and curricular programs of the Global and International Studies Program. The UCSB Global and International Studies Program on campus is the coordinating and administrative unit for academic programs in international studies, global studies, and cultural area studies. It is the administrative home for the majors in Global Studies and Islamic and Near Eastern Studies and minors in Global Peace and Security, Jewish Studies and Women, Culture and Development Studies. It supports research activities, public events, universitywide academic projects, and print and electronic publications for the wider academic and Santa Barbara community. It provides an undergraduate major that is distinctive in its emphasis on the transnational process and interactions that bring the world together across traditional national boundaries. The major allows students to focus on global studies with either an emphasis in culture and ideology that relates to the contemporary interactions of cultural traditions and ideologies around the world, or an emphasis in socioeconomics and politics that concentrates on the emergence of global socioeconomic systems and issues relating to world order. Students must also specialize in a particular region of the world. They must choose from lists of courses related to studies of Africa, the Middle East, South/Southeast Asia and the Pacific, East Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, or North America. Students must also attain spoken and written competence in a modern foreign language. The Global & International Studies program also offers an optional Ph. D. emphasis for students pursuing the Ph.D. in anthropology, English, history, political science, religious studies, and sociology. The primary clientele are the students, faculty, and staff of the Global and International Studies Program. In addition, other UCSB students, faculty, staff as well as community members use this collection of research materials. In general, the collection activity for the interdisciplinary collection is at the research/study level.

Areas of study concentration include theory and practice of nonviolence; global conflict; people, poverty and the environment; third world environment; peoples and cultures of India; environmental justice; atomic age; history and culture of East Asia; American foreign policy; politics and religion of Jerusalem; development and change in Latin America; social analysis of terrorism; world systems; Black politics in America; and sociology of development.


A. Languages.
Primarily English language publications, with some French, Spanish, German, and Italian as necessary. Consults with subject specialists in those non-English language resources.


B. Chronological Limits.
Primarily modern history coverage with emphasis on twentieth and twenty first century.


C. Date of Publication.
Primarily recent publications dates, although older publication dates when appropriate.


D. Geographical Areas.
Primarily covers all world areas, with emphasis on East Asia, Middle East, Europe, Latin American, and United States areas.


E. Place of Publication.
Primarily acquires publications from throughout the world with emphasis on publishers from the United States and other areas whose primary language is English.


F. Types of Publishers.
Primarily acquires publications from scholarly, research, and university presses and specialized international and peace publishers.


Most materials acquired and/or subscribed to are primarily in the form of monographs and serials. In addition, Government Publications including United States, international agencies, and foreign country government publications are used extensively and are acquired and/or subscribed to by the Government Publications collections managers. Computerized data bases are used via online systems and cd-roms are acquired and or subscribed to as appropriate.
Antiquarian materials and manuscripts are not generally purchased.


Global and International Studies is probably one of the most interdisciplinary fields in the social sciences and area studies. It relates directly to anthropology, Black Studies, conflict resolution, East Asian studies, economics, education, environmental studies, history, immigration, labor studies, Latin American studies, military science, political science, psychological and brain sciences, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies.


A. University of California Consortium (shared collections and acquisitions program). Participates in the Univ. of Calif. shared collections program.
B. Sources outside U. C. Participates in Interlibrary Loan program.


Selects and provides access to global and international studies resources.




Author: Sally Willson Weimer.
Policy Last Updated: November 2004