Videotape Cleaners/Tracking Problems

Diane Sybeldon (
Thu, 13 Jan 2000 08:16:12 -0800 (PST)

I've been approached by a company selling a videotape
cleaner. Price tag - $2400.
It cleans, conditions, rewinds properly and inspects tapes
for defects.

We have a 5,000 videotape collection. We don't rewind videos
as they are returned to circ.
In the past three months we've had 7 videos returned damaged.
Value about $600 - most were educational.
Most of them had tracking problems.

Apparently tracking problems can develop from circ desk
staff improperly desensitizing them; patrons leaving
tapes on television tops; or videos being of poor quality
to begin with.

1) Will a videotape cleaner extend the life of a collection?
2) Is this amount of loss due to tracking problems normal?
3) Any other thoughts on tracking problems?

Diane Sybeldon
Instruction/Media Librarian
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 577-4480 (voice)
(313) 577-5265 (fax) (email)