Rovi & MSU Establish Largest U.S. Library Media Collection

Posted on November 4, 2015

Over the last 20 years, Rovi amassed an extensive collection of CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games. The collection – nearly 1 million pieces of physical media – was used by staff editors cataloguing cover art, artists, songs, TV shows, movies, actors, synopses and descriptions to create Rovi’s leading global entertainment metadata library.

Because the collection would be more useful as a part of the libraries of Michigan State University (MSU) than in company storage, Rovi donated it, enabling the university to become the proprietor of the largest media archive in the U.S. Rovi considered other schools for the gift, but MSU was ultimately chosen because of its capacity to accept such an extensive archive in a short amount of time (under three months). The university hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the collection on October 19.

The “Rovi Media Collection” includes a catalog of metadata elements consisting of nearly 20 million data points. The physical media is now available for use by MSU students, members of the Big Ten and the University of Chicago through a consortium (the Committee on Institutional Cooperation), and to the general public via the Michigan Electronic Catalog program (MeLCAT).

MSU’s media collection has already experienced an exponential increase in catalog requests. And, because both Rovi and MSU are looking toward an ongoing, diverse collaboration, soon there may be even more DVDs, CDs and games headed to the library.

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