[Videolib] RE: CD/DVD Protection Labels

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.edu)
Mon, 10 May 2004 11:40:25 -0700

Hello,
I've been using disc shields (from AVS Supply) for nearly two years
now. In that time, none have become sticky, or come off. I have not
had any problems with them. I can write on them with a sharpie and they
will destroy the disk if you try to remove them after they have fully
bonded with the disc. We are closed stacks and we had just started
circulating DVDs when I found out about the label side being sensitive,
so I found and started using the shields. I wanted one less thing to
worry about. We just have not had the kind of problems that others have
had with DVDs (I am furously knocking on wood as I type this). We also
switched to all Amray style cases to help prevent damage to the inner
ring of the disc. Because we have never had problems, I can not say
that the shields or the cases have reduced wear, but they give me peace
of mind. And until problems spring up, I am keeping the course.
jhs

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

>>> SBreivo@exchange.calstatela.edu 5/10/2004 10:38:48 AM >>>
David,

Thanks for adding your thoughts/expertise to the article about CD/DVD
longevity.
I wonder if you (or others on the group) would like to comment on the
use of
the clear plastic CD/DVD protection labels:
(Like these:
http://www.shopbrodart.com/shop/cb/product.aspx?pgid=1196)

Since the article mentioned that it's actually the label side of discs
that
are most prone to damage, I wonder if applying these labels is a good
idea
for libraries? I know these are often used in combination with 3M
security
strips, but even for those of us with closed-stack collections, I'm
curious
about whether these protectors actually extend the life of
CD/DVDs....or
are just a "gimmick."

Questions:

Has anyone out there been using these disc protectors?

Do they hold up (not start to peel off, get sticky, etc.) over time?

Have you noticed a reduction in disc wear/tear/damage after using
them?

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Scott Breivold
Media, Communications, & Arts Librarian
Interim Collection Development Librarian
University Library ~ Cal State LA
http://www.calstatela.edu/library/mmc

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