Re: Question on vhs lifespan

Jeffrey Clark (clarkjc@jmu.edu)
Fri, 7 Feb 2003 12:52:00 -0800 (PST)

Thanks for covering this, Gary... and saving me from having to look up what
I learned myself. ;) Jeff

--On Friday, February 07, 2003 9:48 AM -0800 Gary Handman
<ghandman@library.berkeley.edu> wrote:

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> Well...this ain't as ez an answer as it might seem. A lot depends on
> environmental factors (storage facilities, frequency of use, equipment
> maintenance) and other factors, such as tape quality...
>
> Here's a quote from Jeff Clark's chapter on video preservation in Video
> Collection Development in Multi-type Libraries: A Handbook (Greenwood,
> 2002):
>
> Surprisingly, there are few if any firm figures regarding the effective
> life of videotape offered in the available popular and scholarly
> literature dealing with tape-based media. Anecdotal evidence seems to
> indicate a maximum expectancy of 150-250 tape plays. A shelf-life of
> about ten years before the onset of severe tape degradation appears
> plausible under the most favorable combined storage and use conditions.
> Unfortunately, any expectations regarding the effective life of tapes
> used under ideal conditions is often compromised by the condition of VCR
> playback equipment used outside the collection facility. The eventual
> degradation of VHS audio and video quality due to playback wear may make
> retention of a particular tape for its entire life less attractive than
> replacement while this option is practical and inexpensive.
>
>
>
> At 09:02 AM 2/7/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>> Hello all
>> I am preparing a handout for a Board of Trustees meeting. Part of the
>> paper is on the state of the videorecording collection. A portion of our
>> collection is roughly 20 years old. Everything being equal, in regards
>> of proper care, what is considered old?
>> thanks
>> John
>>
>> John H. Streepy
>> Media Assistant III
>> Library-Media Circulation
>> Central Washington University Library
>> 400 E. 8th AVE
>> Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548
>>
>> (509) 963-2861
>> http://www.lib.cwu.edu/media
>
> Gary Handman
> Director
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley
> ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
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> Well...this ain't as ez an answer as it might seem.&nbsp; A lot depends
> on environmental factors (storage facilities, frequency of use, equipment
> maintenance) and other factors, such as tape quality...&nbsp;&nbsp;
> <br>
> <br>
> Here's a quote from Jeff Clark's chapter on video preservation in Video
> Collection Development in Multi-type Libraries:&nbsp; A Handbook
> (Greenwood, 2002):<br>
> <br>
> <font face="Bookman Old Style, Bookman" size=4>Surprisingly, there are
> few if any firm figures regarding the effective life of videotape offered
> in the available popular and scholarly literature dealing with tape-based
> media.&nbsp; Anecdotal evidence seems to indicate a maximum expectancy of
> 150-250 tape plays.&nbsp; A shelf-life of about ten years before the
> onset of severe tape degradation appears plausible under the most
> favorable combined storage and use conditions. Unfortunately, any
> expectations regarding the effective life of tapes used under ideal
> conditions is often compromised by the condition of VCR playback
> equipment used outside the collection facility.&nbsp; The eventual
> degradation of VHS audio and video quality due to playback wear may make
> retention of a particular tape for its entire life less attractive than
> replacement while this option is practical and inexpensive.<br>
> <br>
> <br>
> <br>
> </font>At 09:02 AM 2/7/2003 -0800, you wrote:<br>
> <blockquote type=cite cite>Hello all<br>
> I am preparing a handout for a Board of Trustees meeting.&nbsp; Part of
> the<br>
> paper is on the state of the videorecording collection. A portion of
> our<br>
> collection is roughly 20 years old.&nbsp; Everything being equal, in
> regards<br>
> of proper care, what is considered old?&nbsp; <br>
> thanks<br>
> John<br>
> <br>
> John H. Streepy<br>
> Media Assistant III<br>
> Library-Media Circulation<br>
> Central Washington University Library<br>
> 400 E. 8th AVE<br>
> Ellensburg, WA&nbsp; 98926-7548<br>
> <br>
> (509) 963-2861<br>
> <a href="http://www.lib.cwu.edu/media"
> eudora="autourl">http://www.lib.cwu.edu/media</a></blockquote><br>
> <div>Gary Handman</div>
> <div>Director</div>
> <div>Media Resources Center</div>
> <div>Moffitt Library</div>
> <div>UC Berkeley</div>
> <div>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu</div>
> <a href="http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC"
> EUDORA=AUTOURL>http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC</a> </html>
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Jeff Clark
Director
Media Resources (MSC 1701)
James Madison University
clarkjc@jmu.edu
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