Regardless of the cost, I would not recommend the use of any material
added to the scratch guard label itself. This includes security strips as
well as writing or printed ink. In my opinion, label guards should be
placed on a disc for label scratch protection and not as a security device
or identity need.
I mentioned the use of hub labels if you wanted to add identity to your
disc. Hub labels are placed on the inner ring of the disc. If the ink
used penetrates into the disc material itself, it will not cause a problem
since no information is read from this area. Another option is to have
custom scratch guard labels produced that identify the library or store.
We are looking into the demand for this. Because of the set-up cost to
print labels of this sort, you'd need 1000 or more discs ID labeled to
justify the cost. We haven't found many users willing to spend 35 cents a
disc to have this done.
Perhaps others can answer the securty question better than I but I have an
opinion if it were my collection. I wouldn't store the actual discs out
in the public area. I would simply place a list of titles or empty cases
with the inserts. A person interested in obtaining the title would then
see a staff person and request it. This would eliminate theft of discs as
well as help to maintain the disc collection.
For storage of the discs themselves, I would recommend CD sleeves or
lift-lock jewel cases. We use Tyvek-based CD sleeves for return our
scratch repair shipments. They are durable, light-weight and don't scatch
the disc like paper sleeves. Definitely avoid plastic or vinyl sleeves.
Another option is storing them in jewel cases. I have previously
mentioned that most of today's jewel cases are a bit of a hazard to discs.
By bending and popping the disc in and out of a regular jewel case, you
are stressing the disc. Over time, this could lead to permanent damage.
We use lift-lock cases that release the disc as the case is opened. When
closed, they securely store the disc. One final option I would suggest is
Amaray-style DVD cases. These differ from other DVD cases in that you
press the center to release the disc. Again, no stress on the disc itself.
If you have need for lift-lock cases, CD sleeves or scratch guards, feel
free to email or call and I can provide more information on cost.
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