Our local library has a problem with damaged or missing cover artwork on media such as audio books, audio CDs, and DVD movies.
They typically look for replacement artwork online and print new copies to insert in media cases. However this is time consuming and often results in poor quality images if any are found at all.
I suggested that they:
- contact publishers to see if new art can be emailed directly to the library
- make a policy of only distributing photocopies of artwork rather than original; keep the originals in filing cabinets
- charge patrons for damaging cover artwork (they do not currently do this)
Is there a generally accepted method of maintaining cover artwork for these items?
What methods should libraries use to repair artwork?
And finally, how can libraries better deter patrons from damaging or losing artwork?