For those of you who are not readers of student-infos or patrons of our fair library, Olin and Chalmers Library is now home to three new printers. That’s right, you read that correctly: shiny new printers that are easy to use and won’t jam are the way of the future at Kenyon. Currently the library is home to three test printers, one across from the Circ desk, one behind Helpline, and one on the third floor near the periodicals–but all the old Canon printers will be replaced by the new Ricoh models come this January.
While new technology can be exciting, it is also intimidating; read on for instructions for these new machines.
The most important thing to remember with these new printers is that no longer will you have to worry about printing to a specific printer, no more will you have to juggle Cha2Pr1 with Cha3Pr1 and Gun1Pr2. We have entered the world of network printing. When you send a print job from your computer to the new PublicPrint queue, your document will be accessible for printing at any of the public Ricoh printers around campus.
Once your computer is connected to PublicPrint, you can print to the network by selecting the printer with the word COLORADO in the name. Once you select that as a printer and hit that print button, you have two hours to print that document from any of the new printers.
In that two hour window, you can go to any of the Ricoh printers on campus, tap your K-Card in the appropriate place (or login with your Kenyon e-mail and password, check out this video for info on releasing your print jobs) and displayed before you will be your recent printed documents. Select the ones you want, and voila! In just a few short moments those documents will be printed.
No longer will you have to rush to the printer before your document gets lost among the readings for Quest, no longer will you have to dig through piles of papers to retrieve the one that is yours. No longer will you have to wait in line! That’s right folks–if some joker is printing out 200 pages, just pick up and go to any other Ricoh printer.
Welcome to a new age of public printing at Kenyon! The dark ages of jammed printers and piles and piles of wasted paper are over. The new printers are efficient, both in terms of saving paper (no more forgetting that you printed out 50 pages and then doing it again), and in terms of your time (don’t wait! Go to any printer!).
If you have any questions, check out the Helpline printer FAQ, call the desk at x5700, shoot ’em an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the desk!