Donation brings major media collection to Michigan State
East Lansing — A corporate donation announced Monday is bringing a major media collection to Michigan State University that includes more than 850,000 CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games.
Santa Clara, California-based Rovi Corp. said the Rovi Media Collection will be publicly available through the school’s library and interlibrary loan services.
The collection “dramatically enhances our teaching curriculum and research within the College of Music, popular culture and film studies, and an emerging gaming program,” Clifford H. Haka, director of libraries at the East Lansing school, said in a statement.
“Assembling a collection of such cultural and historic importance and overall magnitude would simply not have been feasible with our current budget.”
Rovi is a provider of metadata and the media collection has enabled the cataloging and description of numerous albums, movies, TV shows, and video games. As part of its work, Rovi said its media archive has grown exponentially.
“Our donation … marks the passing of these materials for use in an educational capacity, while also providing accessibility to the general public,” said Kathy Weidman, senior vice president and general manager of metadata for Rovi.
The archive includes CDs available in the U.S. and Europe; the DVD collection represents the majority of commercially released DVDs in the U.S.; and the archive of games focuses primarily on console games and PC games, beginning in 1999, and includes some dating back to the early 80s.
The collection also includes a catalog of metadata elements consisting of nearly 20 million data points, the company said. Following the donation, Michigan State University will manage the care, storage and maintenance of the collection.
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