We considered a program of repackaging DVDs that came in the offending
cases, but after taking a hard look at the whole
ordering-receiving-cataloging-marking-shelving-circulating workflow, it
seemed the cost of repackaging everything outweighed the benefit, and
we've decided to just replace the item when this happens the way we would
a VHS tape that got chawed in someone's player.
It's still galling and makes you want to throttle the producers of this
type of case (another anti-libraries/anti-high-circ plot in cahoots
with production companies??!!), but in the big picture it really ends up
impacting a relatively small percentage of our overall collection. That's
our story . . .
University of Washington Libraries
On Fri, 1 Mar 2002, Lorraine wrote:
> Dear All,
> Would any of you mind sharing your thoughts on how to prevent damage caused
> by DVD cases? We have a growing collection on DVDs and they can be checked
> out. Recently we found that many of these DVDs (specially the popular
> ones) are broken/damaged in the ring area in the middle. We suspect that
> it is caused by the forcible pulling of the DVD out from its case. Buying
> replacement copy is not the ultimate solution. We are now considering
> replacing these DVDs into the VCD cases which seems safer for the
> discs. Perhaps clients are more familiar to VCD cases than DVD
> cases. What do you think?
> Any idea will be highly appreciated.
> Lorraine Lok
> AV Librarian
> University of Hong Kong Libraries
> Pokfulam Road
> Hong Kong