> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nancy E Friedland [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2001 12:19 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: DVD--circulation and preservation
> 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