Changes Implemented in PawPrints

Summer brought several innovations to the PawPrints printing network that will also help to improve Library services. First, the Libraries added a color printer to the Moody Garden Computing Facility in May. This new printer marks the first time that color printing is available in general access facilities. Color prints cost 4 PawPrints pages per printed page. If students exceed their 400-page PawPrints allowance, copies will cost 28 cents per page.

The Libraries also expanded guest printing capabilities. Guests of the library may now log onto any public library workstation using a special library guest account. This account not only allows guests to access many online library resources, but also allows them to print resources using the PawPrints Guest Printing Station in the Jones Reference Library. Guest printing costs 10 cents per page.

Another improvement was the implementation of a printer management scheme across the PawPrints network designed to keep printers online and stocked for clients. All PawPrints printers are branded with the PawPrints logo, the network name and a few basic troubleshooting tips should clients have printing difficulties. This labeling means that the printer is centrally managed to assure that the printer remains available for client use.

Finally, the PawPrints network implemented a web-based print release system to help reduce the number of abandoned print jobs or unintended duplicate print jobs. In past terms, students in specific locations were required to send print requests to a centralized computer that released the job to the printer when the client entered a valid Bear ID and password. In an effort to reduce the number of printed pages that ended up in the recycle bin, this control was placed in high-impact areas. Since PawPrints now offers a web-based release solution, this paper-saving measure has been migrated to all public access PawPrints stations.

The Libraries accomplished much this summer with these PawPrints renovations and are confident that these improvements will greatly enhance service to all library clients.

Carl Flynn
Information Technology