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Mr. Warren was talking about instantaneous discs, also called lacquers or
acetates. He wasn't referring to CDs of any sort.

At 01:04 PM 3/4/2003, you wrote:
>It would be helpful if anecdotal claims of disaster by Mr. Warren could
>be substantiated. Contrary experience at Media Sciences indicates that
>CD-R discs are useful for archival storage provided that care is taken
>regarding media, writer, software, handling, and storage conditions.
>
>This is true for all archival media. Poor processes lead to poor
>results, while proper processes lead to good results. CD-R discs are
>advantageous for three reasons. First, they store in a digital format
>complete with powerful error correction information. Second, information
>retrieval does not require physical contact with the information layer.
>Third, storage in jewel cases avoids contact with the information layer,
>unlike film or tape. Care must always be taken not to damage the fragile
>protective layer on the label side.
>
>Results of our scientific investigations, together with other
>information, are published on our web site: http://www.mscience.com/
>
>J. Hartke
>Media Sciences, Inc.
>
>Richard Warren wrote:
> >
> > Since all instantaneous discs are doomed to chemical disintegration in the
> > reasonably near future, we don't bother to reattach labels (the paper of
> > which is often decaying and brittle) but just keep them near (in separate
> > envelopes, ideally) and identified with the discs or photocopy them on
> > nonacidic paper and do the same. No matter what might be used to reattach
> > labels, they are likely to be shed by the exudation of whitish substance as
> > the disc coating decomposes; so I guess you could say that our rationale is
> > "Why waste time, money, and effort in a fruitless endeavor ?"
> >
> > Richard Warren
> >
> > At 04:54 PM 3/3/2003 -0600, you wrote:
> > >A colleague at our institution has recently begun a project to clean and
> > >rehouse a number of instantaneous disks in one of our libraries.
> > >Unfortunately, the adhesive on many of the labels has dried, and the
> labels
> > >have fallen off. She is interested in re-affixing the labels, and asked if
> > >there was an adhesive that would be more appropriate for her to use
> than PVA.
> > >
> > >Thoughts?
> > >
> > >Tom Teper
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Head of Preservation
> > >University Library
> > >246F Main Library
> > >1408 West Gregory Drive
> > >Urbana, IL      61801
> > >
> > >Telephone:      217-244-8755
> > >
> > >Fax:            217-244-4358


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