James McCraw, Reporter/Office Manager
During summer quarter, two new printers appeared on the Pierce College Puyallup campus. The 2016 Technology Fee and Budget Committee approved the budget for the new printers after the library put out a plan that showed the technology could be beneficial and logistically cost-efficient to the school.
Pierce College is working on the pilot program using the Ricoh MPC4503 three-in-one printer, scanner and copier systems. They’ve been put in use with network printing throughout the library, and, if the pilot program is successful, will become part of a school-wide networking system.
Due to the high volume of printing in the library, the second printer, which spent the summer term in the Computer Lab, was relocated to the library for the fall term.
All the benefits from using the new system are available using.the.Papercut wallet system. In the past, students paid out of pocket for scanning and copying on separate machines.
However, new technology comes with its issues.
“It’s been an extra step (for students) entering in the information twice with the keypad if their barcode scanner is having issues,” Student Technology Assistance Team member Thomas James said.
However, James feels that it’s a trial and error process, and that eventually students will figure it out. He also believes that having the new printers adopted will work out well for the school.
Christi Flynn, dean of library and learning resources, said that more than 30,000 pages have been printed already this quarter.
Cost efficiency was also a big decision according to Flynn, saving costs on toner for individual printers throughout all the campus. Flynn also said that part of the future plan is to get rid of individual printers in offices throughout campus. Wireless printing using personal devices in the future is something that the school is looking into, however, Flynn said the school knows the potential dangers of wireless linking and that the school’s IT department is looking into the security efficiency for that potential step.
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