Latin American and Iberian Studies Collection Development Policy


The purpose of the Latin American & Iberian Studies collection is to support the Latin American & Iberian Studies program through the Masters level and the research of faculty in the area of Latin American Studies.

The Latin American Studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara is an interdisciplinary field of study, which draws from many areas of scholarship. The Latin American & Iberian Studies collection also supports the research of students through the PhD level who are working with Latin American & Iberian studies topics in the other departments. Selections for these areas are made in consultation with the appropriate subject specialist.


Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Religious Studies
  • Materials from Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Geographical coverage

Significant publications are selected based on their focus of any Latin American or Iberian nation. There is no limit to the possible country of publication, but most materials are from the Americas or Europe. Materials focusing on latinos or chicanos living in the United States or U.S.-Mexico border issues are selected in consultation with the specialist for Chicano Studies.


All European Languages will be collected, with emphasis in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Nevertheless, primary works will be collected in the language of publication. Occasionally pivotal non-English language publications will be purchased in English translation as well as in the original.

Chronological limits/Period coverage

Materials are selected covering the entire history of the Americas and the Iberian peninsula therefore there is no chronological limit. Emphasis is placed on 20th and 21st century materials but not to the exclusion of others.

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.


Santa Barbara is a participant in shared acquisitions with the other campuses of the University of California and Stanford University as well as the Center for Research Libraries. These consortia arrangements greatly enhance what is available for students and scholars of Latin American Studies. Part of the California Cooperative Latin American Collection Development Group arrangement is the Memorandum of Agreement: North Mexican State Materials for which UCSB's responsibility is the state of Nuevo Leon.

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: 9 September 2004