print management

Printing to plotter at Armstrong

Nice job, everyone, on keeping up with the symposium-related questions we received last week.  Some questions were about using the large-format plotter (aka “plotter”) in 209.  Remember that there are instructions for the plotter at go/printing.  Be sure you can find these instructions on your own — you’ll probably be asked about them again soon!  There are a few poster sessions scheduled in the Great Hall in the coming weeks.

Note especially the section on reimbursements.  If a department is covering the cost of printing posters, the department will have asked LIS to credit students’ accounts at the beginning of the semester.  Students with questions about this can contact their departments.

Print Release in Main LIB242

LIS has undertaken a project to implement print management for all public printers.
During this test period students, faculty and staff can log in with their username and password to release print jobs sent to the printers in Lib242.
Guest users can log in with the daily pclab username and password to print.
The computers in 242 are dedicated to print release and cannot be used for other purposes during this test.

What is a print release station?
A print release station allows users (faculty, staff, students, and guests) to release their print jobs to the printers rather than use the current configuration of automatically printing jobs to the printers.

Why install a print release station?
A print release station should reduce the number of unnecessary or duplicate print jobs from being printed, give the user greater control over their printing, and increase print availability.

How does a print release station work?
When a user sends a document to the printer, it queues on the print release station. The user must log into the print release station using their Middlebury username and password to view jobs they submitted. The user sees only the documents that they sent to the printer and they can release or cancel the print request.

Please try out the new stations and provide your feedback. Please also record any and all comments, questions, suggestions etc. on the notepad at the Circ desk. There are also stickies available in 242 for writing comments.

Printers without release stations are available on the 3rd floor of the Main Library (LIB303) or the lower level of the Main Library (LIB142).
Please direct all printing from Main Level walk-up stations to the upper and lower level printers.

If you experience problems or you are notified of problems with the print release stations during the testing, please contact the Helpdesk.

Print Management – Test @ Main Circ

A heads up that we will be testing a print management system option for releasing print jobs on the Lib Circ printer at Main Circ.
LIS is developing a plan for rolling out print management. The system, which uses PaperCut to manage print jobs, will require the release of print jobs via a control panel/release “station”. The print management system is planned for the management of public printing, but we are testing this on a heavily used departmental printer so that we can better evaluate the system.

Why is LIS implementing print management?
To reduce printing costs
To reduce printing waste (and help the environment)
To give the user control over when a print job is printed out

The test will begin at noon on Monday 2/16 and end on Friday 2/20.
During the test phase you will be required to release the print job whenever you print to the Lib Circ printer. The release station will be the computer adjacent to the book drop cabinet.
Releasing print jobs is log-in specific. To release the print job you will need to enter the username and password associated with the computer you printed from. I will post the username/password for the front desk computers at the release station for easy reference.
We need your feedback to test this system. Try it and let us know what you think! You can post your thoughts and comments on this blog post, or feel free to pass your thoughts on to me verbally, by email, or by leaving a note on my desk.
Many thanks! Let me know if you have any questions.