Mechanical Engineering Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in Mechanical Engineering is to develop a research level collection and to support the instructional curriculum and academic subject emphases of the Mechanical Engineering department and related research centers.

Academic Departments

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

The department offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy, with a specialization in any of the following major areas:  Bioengineering and Systems Biology (BSB), Computational Science and Engineering (CSE); Dynamical Systems, Control and Robotics (DCR); Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences (FTS). Micro/Nano Technology (MNT); and Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures (SMMS).  Many departmental researchers are also involved in interdisciplinary institutes and programs including the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC), California Nanosystems Institute, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering at UC Santa Barbara and the Technology Management Program.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas: Bioengineering and Systems Biology, Computational Science and Engineering, Dynamic Systems, Control, and Robotics; Risk and Safety Engineering; Fluid Mechanics/Thermal Sciences; Micro/Nano Technology; Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures and Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics

Languages: Although English is the primary language; materials in other languages are also acquired on a selective basis. Translations into English are preferred.

Chronological Limits: Primary collecting interest is on current research, although for some topics, historical treatments are also appropriate.

Date of Publication: Materials of the past five years are of primary importance for both monographs and serials. Works published before this time are collected selectively; retrospective materials may be purchased as need arises. Reprints of classical works may also be purchased when needed.

Types of Materials

The following types of materials are acquired: serials, monographs, proceedings & transactions, technical reports, 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. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level.

The following types of material are not ordinarily purchased: reprints; selected works when the Library owns the collected works; collections of reprinted articles; minor revisions; unpublished theses and dissertations.

To improve access, monographs are now preferentially acquired in electronic form, unless cost is prohibitive or the materials are available only in hardcopy.. To maximize limited resources, journals and indexes and abstracts are almost entirely acquired in electronic format only, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.), other factors are considered. These include:

  • Method of access
  • Availability: access to the entire campus is preferred to library-only access
  • Licensing requirements
  • Availability of, and perpetual access to, archives

When necessary, microforms may serve as appropriate preservation media.

Exclusions: Popular books, industrial house organs, equipment/vendor catalogs, reprints from journals.

Other Resources:

System-wide Resources: UC libraries contain extensive collections in engineering related fields. Resources not owned by the UCSB Libraries are most often readily available via interlibrary loan from other UC libraries. ILL is used heavily and is monitored to provide insight into collection areas requiring increased attention. If the demand is of a continuing nature, the material is considered for acquisition.

Consortia and Cooperative Agreements: When possible, consortia and cooperative agreements are used to augment collections, primarily through the California Digital Library. UCSB actively works with other University of California campuses to pool resources, negotiate purchases, and share materials. Research in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering is enhanced by numerous CDL supported databases throughout the sciences.

Related Collection Development Policies: Given the interdisciplinary nature of Mechanical Engineering, there is considerable consultation with other science specialists for acquisition of resources relevant to this field of study.


Author: Chuck Huber
Policy Last Updated: July 2014