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Michigan State University Proclaims Largest Packaged-Media Library

19 Oct, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Rovi Media Collection at Michigan State University

Collection includes 1 million music CDs, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and video game titles following donation by Rovi Corp.

Rovi Corp. cleaned house. And Michigan State University is better off for it. The MSU library Oct. 19 announced the formation of the “Rovi Media Collection,” featuring about 1 million music CDs, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and video game titles donated by the technology company.

The donation establishes the largest media collection held by a library in the United States, according to MSU and Rovi. Content is now publicly available through the MSU library and interlibrary loan services.

The archive consists of CDs that have been commercially available in the U.S. as well as a significant percentage of releases imported from Europe. The DVD collection, which was started the year DVDs were introduced to the market, similarly represents the vast majority of commercially released DVDs in the U.S. The games archive focuses primarily on console games and PC games, beginning in 1999, and includes a number of titles that date back to the early 80s.

The "Rovi Media Collection" also includes a catalog of metadata elements consisting of nearly 20 million data points.

“Rovi’s extensive collection of entertainment media has enabled the cataloging, metadata tagging and editorial description of numerous albums, artists, movies, TV shows, and video games for our customers worldwide,” Kathy Weidman, SVP and GM of metadata for Rovi, said in a statement.

Weidman said the donation is intended for use in an educational capacity, while also providing accessibility to the general public.

Clifford Haka, director of libraries at MSU, said the Rovi collection has “quickly become” the most requested material in the Michigan inter-library loan system.

“Assembling a collection of such cultural and historic importance and overall magnitude would simply not have been feasible with our current budget,” Haka said.

Macrovision, which rebranded itself Rovi Corp. in 2009, was co-founded by John Ryan in 1983. There Ryan invented technology that would become the world standard for video copy protection, and which today is included in virtually every DVD player and cable/satellite decoder worldwide.

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