[Videolib] "This DVD won't play!"

Matt Bailey (mbailey@carleton.edu)
Thu, 3 May 2007 14:25:13 -0500

I'm wondering if any of you out there have on your websites a page
that tells patrons how to handle DVDs properly and/or how to clean
them. As our DVDs circulate more and more, I'm hearing from people
such things as "I think this DVD is broken - I can't get it to play,"
or "This DVD froze up on me half-way through." When I actually get
the disc in my hand, I flip it over and find that the playing surface
is covered in fingerprints or other unidentifiable sticky substances.
If they had either handled the disc properly or wiped it with a soft
cloth, they could have gotten it to play just fine.

So I'm interested in creating such a page for our library, but would
be perfectly happy to rip off (with permission) someone else's.


Matt Bailey
Media Resources Coordinator
Carleton College Library
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057


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