ITC hopes Printing Awareness
Week will be a paper-saver
using a terminal in one the Universitys public computing
labs and you come across a fascinating treatise on the diets of
the 16th-century Northern Italian peasant class. Pressed for time,
you decide to print it out, take it home and read it later. Click,
few minutes later, you check the labs printer. E-mails,
photos, a term paper
no Italian peasants. So you trudge
back to your terminal and send it again. Click, click.
minutes later, voila! The treatise rolls out. You stuff it into
your briefcase and head for home.
minutes later, the second copy rolls out. It languishes on the
tray for a few hours, then gets tossed in a recycling bin.
it happens all the time. Information
Technology and Communication supplies about a million sheets
of paper to its computing labs each month, and a substantial percentage
of that amount is lost to over-printing.
an initiative conceived and promoted by students, ITC is designating
the week of Nov. 12-18 as Printing Awareness Week. The goal: reduce
paper waste and conserve resources. A secondary goal is to save
users time and minimize their frustration by helping them
better manage their printing.
now, it has been impossible for lab patrons to see what print
jobs are in the printing queue, waiting to be processed.
In order to help alleviate the problem, ITC is adding a new icon,
resembling a tree, to the desktop of each computer in ITCs
labs. When preparing to print a document, a patron can simply
click on the icon to check the status of the lab printer
whether it is operating, and how many jobs are already in the
queue and how large they are. If the printer is already backed
up, or not operating, the user can save the document and wait
for a more convenient time to print, or ask a lab consultant for
Awareness Week also will include a campaign to educate lab users
about the environmental impact of over-printing, and how they
can help by using the tree icons.
week is the brainchild of students Chris Spiller, Sharon Kim,
Travis Lynch, Ricky Moore and Howard Anderson, all part-time ITC
computing lab managers. The idea came out during one of
our meetings, says ITCs Marty Peterman, their supervisor.
It was definitely a group effort on [the students]
plan to measure the impact of the printing awareness program by
monitoring page counts from the lab printers in coming weeks and
months. Down the road, ITC also has plans to modify the printers
to allow them to print on both sides of the page, which should
be another paper-saver.