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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 7, 2003

Changes Set In UI Libraries Printing Policies

People who use printers at the University of Iowa Libraries will now be charged for what they print as University Document Services (UDS) takes over printing operations in the Libraries, improving equipment and maintenance.

UDS will charge 5 cents for each black-and-white page and 50 cents for color, the same rates charged by the university's Information Technology Centers.

"The change will allow the two departments to focus on their areas of expertise: the Libraries on information delivery and Document Services on document delivery," said Nancy Baker, director of the University of Iowa Libraries.

Marge Kline, document services manager in the UI Printing Department, said the charge will help cover the cost of upgrades and maintenance to the printers. "Additionally, other major factors in making this change are the need to provide better service and equipment and to reduce the volume of paper waste that occurs under the current system," she said.

Initially, Document Services will install nine new black-and-white and two new color printers in the libraries, she said. A phased replacement of the remaining equipment will follow.

The new system will be easy to use, said Kline. An individual sends a document from a library work station to a print release station, goes to the release station to view the quantity requested and the cost of printing, either releases the job to the printer or changes the quantity before releasing the job, and then pays for the printing at a vending station. The vending station accepts charges to HawkID (for UI students, staff, and faculty), or bills and coins.

The changes will take effect in August, before classes begin. Library locations that will switch to the new system are Main Library, including Reference, Government Documents, Media Services, and Maps, and the Art, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Math, Music, Physics and Psychology branch libraries.

For more information about the new policy on public printers at the UI Libraries contact Kline at 384-3717 or by email at or Larry Woods, director of Information Technology and Branch Libraries, at 335-5867 or by email at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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