[Videolib] Any Experience with Stakker Units for DVDs?

Seay, Jared Alexander (SeayJ@cofc.edu)
Wed, 7 Feb 2007 16:13:11 -0500

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Does anyone out there have any experience with the Disc Stakka? I get
the details at www.imation.com/products/disc_stakka/index.html. But,
basically a Disc Stakka is a device analogous to the old slide projector
carrousel that stores, protects and retrieves optical data discs (DVD,
CD etc.). One can connect a Stakker unit to a computer, install the
database software, put up to 100 DVD/CD discs into, and then retrieve
any specific title by calling it up from the database. The requested
DVD is then ejected for use. Stakka units can be stacked up to five
units high in a tower, thus the name. Up to 100 towers can be
controlled by one computer.

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We are having trouble lately with having some of our DVD's stolen out of
the case. The case is left on the shelf, but the disc or discs are
missing. This was a small problem initially, but seems to be growing.
We do not let our titles circulate, and students must view them in the
Media Room. But, titles are still disappearing. We do not strip our
discs or cases (though apparently the thieves believe the cases are so
tagged).=20

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I know there are other security solutions out there, but I came across
this Disc Stakka device, and it looks like it could go a long way toward
solving our problem. Its basically the "Blockbuster solution" whereby
the actual media is "behind the counter" and only the empty case is
displayed. The Disc Stakka would seem to allow a minimum amount of
space to be used for storing the discs and allow rapid retrieval and
re-stocking (plus give a database of titles). I only know about it from
the Disc Stakka site itself, and it sure sounds great. But, I wonder if
anyone else has had any experience with it. What say yea?

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The site again is: =20
http://www.imation.com/products/disc_stakka/index.html

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Jared A. Seay

Reference Librarian=20

Head, Media Collections

Addlestone Library
College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 29424

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843-953-1428
seayj@cofc.edu

www.cofc.edu/~seay

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the <b><i><span
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&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font>I
get the details at <a
href=3D"http://www.imation.com/products/disc_stakka/index.html">www.imati=
on.com/products/disc_stakka/index.html</a>.&nbsp;
But, basically a Disc Stakka is a device analogous to the old slide =
projector carrousel
that stores, protects and retrieves optical data discs (DVD, CD =
etc.).&nbsp;
One can connect a Stakker unit to a computer, install the database =
software,
put up to 100 DVD/CD discs into, and then retrieve any specific title by
calling it up from the database.&nbsp; The requested DVD is then ejected =
for
use.&nbsp; Stakka units can be stacked up to five units high in a tower, =
thus
the name.&nbsp; Up to 100 towers can be controlled by one =
computer.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
12.0pt;color:windowtext'>We are having trouble lately with having some =
of our
DVD&#8217;s stolen out of the case.&nbsp; The case is left on the shelf, =
but
the disc or discs are missing.&nbsp; This was a small problem initially, =
but
seems to be growing. &nbsp;We do not let our titles circulate, and =
students
must view them in the Media Room. &nbsp;But, titles are still =
disappearing.&nbsp;
We do not strip our discs or cases (though apparently the thieves =
believe the
cases are so tagged). <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:
12.0pt;color:windowtext'>&nbsp;I know there are other security solutions =
out
there, but I came across this Disc Stakka device, and it looks like it =
could go
a long way toward solving our problem. &nbsp;Its basically the =
&#8220;Blockbuster
solution&#8221; whereby the actual media is &#8220;behind the =
counter&#8221;
and only the empty case is displayed. &nbsp;The Disc Stakka would seem =
to allow
a minimum amount of space to be used for storing the discs and allow =
rapid retrieval
and re-stocking (plus give a database of titles). &nbsp;I only know =
about it
from the Disc Stakka site itself, and it sure sounds great. &nbsp;But, I =
wonder
if anyone else has had any experience with it. &nbsp;&nbsp;What say =
yea?<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
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12.0pt;color:windowtext'>The site again is:&nbsp; <a
href=3D"http://www.imation.com/products/disc_stakka/index.html">http://ww=
w.imation.com/products/disc_stakka/index.html</a><o:p></o:p></span></font=
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