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Printing Stats

So, we got the printing statistics from the Pharos people up in Seattle and several things stood out.

  1. Number of jobs: the UWT Library made 65,863 imprints last quarter.
  2. Percentage of jobs: the UWT Library handled 81% of the total print jobs on campus (the library printed 65,863 and all of the computer labs printed 14,999)
  3. Compared to other units: the UWT Library printed 1101 more jobs than the Bothell Library
  4. UWT Library ranked 5th: only OUGL (nearly 10x the number of jobs), Suzzallo Allen, the Law Library, and Foster Business Library beat the UWT Library for number of prints
  5. Color printing: there were only 267 total color prints last quarter
  6. Total money recovered: about $7900 for the whole quarter.

Interesting stuff, and more evidence that the UWT Library is the most popular computing spot on campus.

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Kindle Killer and stuff

Wow, first of all, some company called Plastic Logic must have read my blog (or used common sense) to come up with this great idea for an e-book reader. It incorporates, that electronic ink screen, touch screen, full wi-fi, the ability to read Office docs, in a super slim interface. ¬†What’s next? ¬†Color? It’s almost as if we’re back in the days when newspapers were being invented, except people are trying to invent a newspaper that, well, that has the whole darn world at your fingertips. As the article points out we need to see compatibility and price and so on, but as it stands, if it can deliver what it promises, why would I buy a Kindle?

Also, sorry I haven’t been blogging much here… I have been contributing over at Tacoma Tech Connect, the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce blog and there’s only so much Technology Talk I can stomach.

Finally, I am going to Seattle today to sit at my first meeting of the Library Pharos committee. So far, the “upgrade” has been just what it was every other year, but I’m hopeful that my new role on the committee will help to alleviate some of those historical problems. For example, I’m hoping that they will provide some training on the new version of Pharos Remote. Otherwise, it’ll be a from-scratch session by me, as usual.

Ok, see you around.

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I guess we’ll have to go back to coursepacks

Looks like four big time publishers have sued Georgia State University for their e-reserves program. Here’s a quick Q&A with the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law from The Chronicle.

Looks like GSU was just putting items up on reserve without asking for and paying for copyright. Which bears some similarities to the way that we do business at UWT.

What will happen here in Tacoma? Dunno. I’m sure the Reserves Operations Group will be on top of this topic.

My hope is that we go back to course packs. Less demand on the printers in that case, eh?

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