Latin American and Iberian Literatures and Linguistics Collection Development Policy


The Davidson library's Latin American & Iberian literatures and linguistics collection provides support for the undergraduate and graduate level curriculum of the UCSB Department of Spanish and Portuguese. It also supports the research of the faculty of the department. The specific authors and areas of focus are primarily driven by current teaching and researching needs. However collection development is more comprehensive in some areas in which UCSB has historically maintained a strong collection regardless of the current faculty or graduate student interest.


Subject Areas

  • Literature: including novels and short-stories
  • Poetry: emphasis on modernism period
  • Drama
  • Spanish linguistics/philology
  • Medieval Iberian studies

Geographical coverage
This guideline covers any significant publications in or about any Iberian language or literature published anywhere. Some publications about indigenous languages of the Americas (primarily Nahuatl and Quechua) are also acquired. Spanish and Portuguse are spoken on five continents, Europe, North America, Central and South America, Africa (Angola, Mozambique) and Asia (Macau). This guideline collects materials primarily from the Iberian peninsula and Latin America. Materials produced by Spanish-speakers in the United States is selected in consultation with the specialist for Chicano Studies

Important literary criticism and critical editions are often published in North America, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

This guideline acquires original works in Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Basque, and the best available English translations. English-language translations are frequently selected in consultation with the specialist for Comparative Literatures. Indigenous language materials (Nahuatl and Quechua) are preferred in bilingual (with Spanish) editions. Literary criticism and linguistic studies are acquired in any language, although Spanish, Portuguese and English are preferred. Literary criticism is usually only purchased in the original language of publication, but sometimes duplicate copies translated into English are acquired. Other supporting research material is selected with consultation with the specialist for Latin American and Iberian Studies.

Chronological limits/Period coverage
There is no chronological limit on the time period discussed within the publications but emphasis is placed on Golden Age, Medieval, late-19th century, 20th century and 21st century. Medieval studies publications are often selected in consultation with the specialists for English and History.

Publication dates
Most publications acquired are published in the 20th and 21st centuries. Earlier works are usually acquired in facsimile format. Occasionally an original pre-twentieth-century work will be selected in consultation with UCSB's Special Collections.



The following formats are collected: serials; monographs; conference proceedings; and 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.

Hard copy (paper) publications of monographs are emphasized with an occasional electronic book. Journal access may be print or electronic To maximize limited resources, most journals will NOT be available in more than one format; in general, electronic versions are preferred, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access.

Reprints are generally not acquired unless augmented, revised, or containing some other new intellectual material. Unpublished theses and dissertations are not actively selected. Textbooks are not acquired. Electronic subscriptions without support for IP-recognition based access (subscriptions that require the distribution of specific passwords) are not selected.


Students, faculty and staff of UCSB have access to Interlibrary Loan services for obtaining materials from other campuses. For some acquisitions, other UC campus Latin American & Iberian Literatures and Linguistics specialists are consulted for shared collection development decisions.

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Author: abarnhar [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Anne C. Barnhart).
Policy Last Updated: October 2004