High Quality Printing for Library Electronic Resources

High Quality Printing for Library Electronic Resources

On September 12, 1997, the Library began providing reliable, high quality, networked printing for electronic resources. After a year of planning and discussion within the College, Divisions, Schools and Academic Computing Services, the Library selected the UnipriNT system from IKON, Inc. to provide networked, low-cost printing for users.

With the rapid increase in the number and variety of electronic resources available to Library users, including many with graphical displays, the few dot-matrix printers currently available in the Library were quickly becoming unsatisfactory. These printers were difficult to maintain and could not keep up with the over 1.5 million pages printed by Library users annually, nor could they provide the high quality printing needed to take full advantage of many electronic resources. With the installation of the UnipriNT system, thirteen new high speed laser printers have been installed throughout Library buildings on campus, and the UnipriNT vendor will insure that all Library printers provide fast, reliable, high quality printing at a low price.

All networked resources, including Horizon and the World Wide Web, are now linked to UnipriNT, although some stand-alone systems will continue to use dedicated printers for the time being. The UnipriNT system is also not currently available in the D'Angelo Law Library or in Academic Computing computer clusters located within Library buildings.

The networked printers are conveniently located throughout Library buildings. Black and white laser printers are installed in the Regenstein, Crerar, Harper, Eckhart, Chemistry, and SSA library buildings, and color laser printers are available in Regenstein and Crerar. The charge for black and white prints is 10 cents per page, and color laser prints are available at 50 cents per page. During an initial testing period, however, black and white print jobs were available at only one cent per print job (not per page), while color copies were available at half price. Normal charges for printouts were scheduled to take effect on October 5, or later if the system was not yet operating smoothly. Readers may use their Chicago Cards or Gold copy cards as they do currently for photocopiers.

As an alternative to printing material in the Library, readers may use e-mail from some databases to forward information to their accounts, or download electronic information to a diskette formatted for IBM-compatible computers. Diskettes are available at any circulation counter for $2. For information and assistance in printing from specific electronic resources, see Printing from Networked Resources on LibInfo (http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/LibInfo/Libraries/Regenstein/Reference/printing.html), pick up a hard copy help sheet at any reference desk, or consult a reference librarian.

For more information, contact Tom Dorst, Regenstein Reconfiguration Project Manager, at 702-4772 or tjdorst@midway.uchicago.edu.

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