Italian Collection Development Policy


The purpose of the collection is to support the instructional curriculum for the undergraduate major offered by the Department of French and Italian at UCSB. The collection also supports independent study and interdisciplinary research activities of faculty and students.


Subject Areas:

  • Literature, including Italian prose, novels and short stories
  • Poetry, including epic poetry, lyric poetry and contemporary poetry
  • Drama, theater
  • Italian language, linguistics and philology
  • Literary history and criticism; literary theory
  • Italian history, culture and civilization

    Languages: Italian and English are the primary languages. Occasionally, scholarly works in other romance languages may be collected if relevant. Bilingual editions and translations of literature into English are selectively collected.
    Chronological limits: Medieval, Renaissance and modern periods.
    Date of publication: Emphasis is on recent imprints. Reprints and retrospective material may be purchased selectively. Prepublication offers are considered on an individual basis.
    Geographical areas: Mostly limited to Italy and Sicily; some cultural and ethnic material on Italians in the U.S., and migrations to and from Italy selectively collected.
    Place of publication: Primarily Italian and U.S. imprints.
    Types of publishers: Primarily scholarly publishers and university presses; selected publications by scholarly societies, institutions, and/or historical organizations.


Monographs: Primarily 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. Selected works of secondary authors. Monographic series orders placed on a very selective basis. Emphasis is on print materials rather than electronic formats. North American university press titles are received on approval.
Serials: Selected journals and periodicals of scholarly societies or institutions.
Government publications: Selection of this type of material is mainly within the purview of Government Information Center. In consultation with the appropriate Specialist, an occasional recommendation may be made.
Proceedings/transactions: On a selective basis, proceedings or transactions of conferences, congresses and symposia may be acquired.
Technical reports: Not applicable.
Reference materials & Indexes: In consultation with the Reference Collection specialist, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference material may be purchased on a selective basis.
Festschriften: Occasional purchase on a selective basis.
Primary source materials: Manuscript materials rarely purchased.
Dissertations: Rarely purchased.
Newspapers: Very selectively purchased.
Microforms: Rarely purchased.
Exclusions: Popular works, offprints, maps, juvenile literature, junior college level material, avant-garde material.


Principal interdepartmental areas include, but are not limited to: Art History, Classics, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and Womens Studies. Consultation with appropriate library collections specialists is maintained.


UC Consortia: Consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment the collection. Extremely limited dependence upon shared acquisitions.
Sources outside UCSB: Interlibrary loan is used for obtaining materials from other campuses. Students, faculty and staff of UCSB have access to Interlibrary Loan services.

The Italian Collection Manager is
Linda Broderick
Cataloging Department
FAX: 893-4676
Internet: broderic [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu


Author: broderic [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Linda Broderick)
Policy Last Updated: October 2004