Re: DVD's and CD's

Anne Bulin (
Mon, 23 Dec 2002 12:02:27 -0800 (PST)

We have approximately 300 DVDs in our collection that was started in 1999.
Many have circulated well over 60 times and are still functional. We've
only cleaned/buffed about 20-25 (usually the cause is the same as Ms.
Andrews mentioned - the center hub of the box breaks and the DVD rattles
around inside getting scratched). Only about half of these were so damaged
that they had to be discarded. We probably have lost more to theft than damage.

Anne Bulin, Technology and A/V Coordinator
Barrington Public Library

At 11:42 AM 12/23/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>Our library aggressively collects DVDs as the preferred format. Our
>biggest problem with scratching seems to happen when the original packaging
>breaks, and the dvd is somewhat loose in the package--scapes occur as it
>runs across the "teeth" that should be holding it in place. We have not
>noticed a trend where multiple circulations result in the need for buffing
>as yet, but many of our patrons are aware that DVDs are relatively fragile.
>Sarah Andrews
>Monographic Acquisitions
>University of Iowa Libraries
>At 01:31 PM 12/23/2002, you wrote:
> >We have jus 202 DVD's but they only average 8 -10 Circs before requiring
> >some sort of buffing. Our VHS, as I am sure everyone knows last between 200
> >- 250 Circs. The problem is that the demand for DVD's is so high that as a
> >public library we really need to have them available.
> >
> >Mary Skarra
> >Library Spec. II
> >662-8250
> >