[Libs-Or] REF Q: "Last Copy" Collections in Oregon Libraries

Jerry Curry jerry.w.curry at state.or.us
Fri Sep 19 15:55:29 PDT 2008

Hello Libs-OR  
I am forwarding a request with the permission of the patron to you all.  Please see below.  I've   
answered the question from the standpoint of "last copy" collections at the Oregon State Library.    
However, I thought I would see if I could obtain additional input.  
Her request is particularly aimed at:  
1) Public Libraries  
2) Focus upon books, as opposed to serials or audio-visual materials  
If you would like to respond, please email Terry Jacobsen back directly at: tjacobse at snap.lib.ca.us  
Many thanks for your assistance.  
Jerry Curry  
Oregon State Library  
I am writing an article for Library Journal on the topic of “last copy” collections.  Academic libraries already do a fair amount in this area of collection development with their regional depositories and collaborative collection development.  My focus, however, is public libraries (there’s always a catch!).  
Could you point me in the direction of libraries in Oregon that you believe have last copy collections, or barring that, libraries that come to mind as “good sources” for a comprehensive collection?  For example, in California, I know the San Francisco Public Library has a “Last Copy Policy” component in their collection development/management policy.  Or Los Angeles Public Library has an extensive California fiction collection.  
I did find that the New Hampshire State Library has a last copy repository for New Hampshire fiction.  
I am very appreciative of any leads you might be able to give me.   
Thank you,  
Terry Jacobsen  
Supervising Librarian  
Training and Virtual Services  
Solano County Library  
1150 Kentucky Street  
Fairfield, CA 94533  
tjacobse at snap.lib.ca.us  

Jerry Curry
Information Specialist 
Oregon State Library
jerry.w.curry at state.or.us
Ph: 503-378-5008
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