The Center for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers current, practical advice on the care and handling of optical media. Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists describes in nontechnical language the various types of CDs and DVDs now in use, how they are made, and how they work. It then distills current industry knowledge about disc longevity, conditions that affect life expectancy, and how to care for optical media. The guide is amply illustrated and includes a glossary and bibliography.
The guide's author, Fred. R. Byers, is a technical staff member in the Convergent Information Systems Division of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST. The guide was written for use by librarians and archivists; however, it will be equally useful to any business or individual wishing to safeguard CD or DVD collections.
Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs is available free as a PDF file on
CLIR's Web site. The print version has been produced with spiral binding and a heavy cover. Print copies are available for ordering through the Web site for $15 per copy, plus shipping and handling.