DVD--circulation and preservation

Nancy E Friedland (nef4@columbia.edu)
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 09:19:21 -0700 (PDT)


I am in the process of writing a strategic plan for media services and
would like to revisit our policies regarding DVDs. For those of you who
are acquiring DVDs, I would appreciate feedback on how you circulate (or
not) and how you are dealing with the preservation of this format.

I started acquiring DVDs over one year ago. The collection now holds
approximately 750 titles in this format. The DVDs circulate for one week
to faculty, officers of administration, and officers of the libraries.
Feature films in VHS format circulate to students, faculty and staff. As
expected, DVDs are the preferred format for screenings and viewing.
Unfortunately, I have discovered how fragile this format can be. With a
buildup of dirt and oil
or a small scratch, they are unplayable. I am currently investigating
cleaner/polisher systems. On the low end, I have tried Vintech's Dr.
Clean with some success. On the high (and pricey) end, I have received
literature regarding DiscChek's CD/DVD cleaners. Hopefully, there is
something in between.

For those collecting DVDs, I am interested to know about your
policy and what measures you are taking to preserve the collection.

nancy friedland

Nancy Friedland