Re: [Videolib] Any Experience with Stakker Units for DVDs?

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Thu, 08 Feb 2007 11:49:50 -0600

Jared,

This looks like an interesting solution for DVD storage. I hope
someone has used it and will respond to your email. I am wondering how
it would work at a public library.

Renee

Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218/730-4240

>>> "Seay, Jared Alexander" <SeayJ@cofc.edu> 2/7/2007 3:13 pm >>>

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.


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).


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?


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




Jared A. Seay

Reference Librarian

Head, Media Collections

Addlestone Library
College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 29424


843-953-1428
seayj@cofc.edu

www.cofc.edu/~seay



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