This summer LIS installed a public printer located in the MiddXpress convenience store in the McCullough Student Center. It is a black and white combination printer, copier, and scanner, and the PaperCut queue name is MiddXpress. A list of all public printer locations can be found at http://go/print
The color copier in room 142 of Davis Library has been reconfigured to also provide color printing for students. The PaperCut queue is LIB_PUBLIC_COLOR1. The Xerox printer outside Wilson Media Lab will only be used as a back-up if the machine in 142 is down for any reason. The Xerox queue has been renamed LIB_PUBLIC_COLOR2.
Students can now use their PaperCut quota for copying in addition to printing. Those students who surpass their quota can re-charge their accounts online in the PaperCut system using a credit card. For instructions, see this link: http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Student_Printing_and_Quotas
In Davis Family Library, there is a black & white copier in room 242 and in 303, plus a color copier in room 142. A color copier In the lower level of Armstrong Library will be available the week of September 12.
Guests, and students without credit cards who need to re-charge their accounts, can use the system by purchasing cash cards. See the instructions at the above link for more information.
A new PaperCut public printing and copying management system is being configured this week which necessitates the libraries’ public copiers be temporarily shutdown. The Equitrac Canon copiers were removed yesterday and Kyocera machines were installed. Once the Kyocera multi-function machines are configured both public printing and copying will be combined into one system. Students will be able to use their quota for copying as well as printing and can add money using a credit card.
Telephone Services recently installed a new voice over IP telephone system at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. It is an Aastra MX-One Lite telephony server which integrates fully to the main campus Aastra (Ericsson) phone system. Next time you need to call the Bowl just dial SNOW (7669).
Our local contractor, Business Telephone Systems, working with our telephone system vendor, Black Box Network Services, installed the new server and phones in late September. We are using the existing campus fiber network that was connected to the Bowl in the spring of 2009. Howie McCausland and I tested the voice quality over the fiber with the vendor this past August. Our network passed the test with flying colors.
The Snow Bowl now has a combination of IP phones in the offices and analog lines elsewhere. The two major requirements for the new system were that it had enough analog trunk lines to accommodate the telephones at the lift load and unload stations and that the system not need dedicated bandwidth on the fiber. A POE switch was installed to keep the IP phones going during a power outage, and in the event of a network outage the phones will failover to one of the four telephone company analog trunks remaining.
The preceding Burlington Free Press article was published on 11/12/09. In addition to Middlebury, UVM and St. Michaels College recently removed their room phones. But I do find UVM’s claim that they saved a half million dollars supporting 2800 student phone lines rather amazing.
LIS announced to students earlier this week that telephone services will be removing dial tone and telephone equipment from residential hall rooms unless a student requests that we keep their service in place. The deadline for those requests is Sunday, November 15. From then through December we’ll be working to re-route remaining dorm telephone lines and remove port cards with a goal of reducing our active landlines by 2000. Ginnie Bukowski is shepherding this part of the project working with our contractor and facilities services. During the week of December 7, recycling services will place bins in dormitories where students can deposit their telephones. The phones will be moved to the Recycling Center where the equipment will be processed for either re-sale or recycling of parts.
The consequence of reducing our maintenance costs is that we no longer have full-time telecommunications maintenance services. Thus, there may be a delay for individual telephone and network repairs and installations as of January 1, though major repairs will continue to be a high priority.
Submitted by Peggy Fischel
The Schools Abroad directors expressed interest in using the AlertFind emergency notification system at their schools. Liz Ross, associate director of Off-Campus Study, and I conducted two tests this winter with the directors and will train them as team administrators for their individual schools this summer.