DVD Damage

Kate Vaux (kmvaux@unimelb.edu.au)
Mon, 18 Jun 2001 18:21:37 -0700 (PDT)


I was wondering if others out there were experiencing similar problems to
me. I have had some DVDs returned to me by borrowers who say they won't
work. When I look at them I can see some cracking or chipping around the
hub. The damage seems to have resulted from taking the DVD in and out of
the case. Once the hub has a slight crack it gets worse as you return the
DVD to the case.

The cases are a little tricky to use and I'm certain that they are
frequently handled with some force (after all, Library materials are
treated with about the same respect as rental cars.....). I have never
seen this problem occur with CDs or CD-ROMs and I'm certain that is because
they are housed in different cases.

Has anyone else had this damage to DVDs? Is this a real design flaw? Are
some DVD cases better than others?



Kate Vaux
Media Information Librarian

Room 420
Media Collections
Level 4, Education Resource Centre (ERC) Library
The Information Division
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010

email : kmvaux@unimelb.edu.au

Telephone : +61 3 8344 8650 or +61 3 8344 8316
Facsimile : +61 3 9347 0974