Slow Printing

We are experience some problems with printing in the library today due to the increase in traffic on the network. The system is responding, but very slowly. Please, give yourself extra time to print materials. We are working with IT Services to fix the issue. Thank you for your patience.

Printing from the Internet in the Library

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We are investigating reported problems related to printing from the Google Chrome internet browser within the Library.

When a print job is sent from within the Chrome browser–whether from an email attachment (i.e., MS Word or Excel doc, or PDF), a web-hosted PDF file, or an HTML web page–to the Library’s printing stations, the success of these print jobs is inconsistent.

If you need to print from the internet while in the Library, including email attachments that open within the browser, we suggest you use the Firefox browser to do so.

If you run into any problems with your print job printing successfully, please report it to the 2nd floor Reference Desk and we will assist you.

Thank you!

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Library Subsidized Prints

The Weinberg Memorial Library subsidizes student printing each semester you are registered. Any unused portion of your library subsidized prints from last year will be replaced with your new allocation of library subsidized prints on Monday, August 25th.  You can expect to see $14.00 in Tender 1 when first using UniPrint this semester.  For additional information about library printing, check out this link:  http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/our-building/printing.shtml

Thanks and have a great semester!

Earth Week 2011 Wrap-up and Green Team First Year in Review

This year marked the second year the library celebrated Earth Week in order to raise awareness about sustainable issues…

Even though I’m happy to report our structural engineering skills have improved from 2010; unfortunately, our sustainable use of paper did not. However, the increase paper usage is likely because all computer labs on campus have eliminated student printing. Considering almost all students (excluding personal printers) were sent to the library to do their printing, its probably safe to say our “paper awareness” and educational outreach efforts  throughout the year had probably payed off.

The good news is that immediately after Earth Week we installed double sided printers throughout the building. Part of the credit for double sided printers should be given to the anonymous student who wrote on our 2010 Earth Week student suggestion page which asked “How should the library Go Green in 2010?”

For Earth Week 2012 we fully expect the paper tower to be a fraction of the size of it’s ancestors thanks to a combination of duplex printing and outreach by the Green Team.

The “wasted paper” display is a tough comparison for a number of reasons. In 2010, we didn’t have the clearly labeled WedgeCycle recycling bins throughout the building and by and large most people weren’t sorting their recyclables. So, paper that otherwise might have ended up in a trash last year is now being properly placed in a paper recycling bin this year. Also, this year we did 10 days worth of recycling whereas last year we did 7 days.

Speaking qualitatively, it would seem that this years “wasted paper” display was an improvement over last years. It was approximately the same amount of paper, but there was no trash mixed in with the paper.

Curbing the amount of wasted paper, unnecessarily duplicated prints, and print jobs left at the printers is definitely a priority for the Green Team.

New for 2011, we had a Craft Night where students, staff, and faculty had a chance to come to the library to make Origami figures out of reused book covers. Pictured above is a display of some of our masterpieces.

This year we hosted our first ever Environmental Art Show as an alternative way to educate about sustainable issues and to reach out to the community. Considering this was our first time hosting an Art Show, we think it turned out pretty good. We are looking forward to see what Environmentally themed art our Students, Staff, and Faculty will have prepared for next years Environmental Art Show! Click the following link for more pictures from the Reception for the Environmental Art Show.

In this poster we displayed all of the library Green Team’s many accomplishments. Some of which include the selling of Reusable Water bottles at the same price it cost us to make them, the installation of a Water Bottle Filling Station, the installation of double-sided printers, tri-colored recycling bins, the adoption of a section of the LHVA’s Heritage trail, collaborating with the Communications department to make Sustainability PSAs which air on our TVs, and collaborating with students for their poster board session at the University’s Sustainability Fair.

The Green Team knows it has a lot of work to do if we are going to to accomplish as much as we did in our first year, but we welcome the challenge!

Green Team On the Move

The Weinberg Library’s Green Team met yesterday to talk over some new ideas and projects.  Here’s a taste of what we have in store for the next few months:

  • Keep an eye out for a new water bottle filling station in our 24 hour space…
  • …where you can use your custom-designed Weinberg Memorial Library reusable water bottle.
  • Mark your calendar for Earth Week 2011.  The Library will be celebrating with our first ever environmental art show and a recycled material craft night.
  • Everyone loves the new double-sided printer in the new 24-hour space.  No guarantees, but we’re working on getting another one for the Pro Deo room.
  • Recycling should be easy… so we’ll be adding some holders by our bins to remind you to remove your bottle caps before recycling any plastic bottles.

Many thanks to all of the students, faculty, and staff who have been giving us suggestions on making the Library greener!

Save Money AND Paper

Too often, we see students printing out page after page of PowerPoint lecture slides, with just a few words on each page.  Why not save money AND save paper by printing multiple slides per page?

The Weinberg Library Green Team will be posting these fliers (printed on reused paper, naturally) around our computer labs to remind all of our students and patrons to be conscious of how much they’re using.  If you have any trouble with mutiple-slide printing, just ask for help at the Reference Desk!

Here’s what you said about the new 24 hour space

The Library asked for students’ opinions of the 24 Hour Study Space.  This room was constructed in response to student requests.   For our future planning, we want to know what you would like.

Thank you for your comments!

Environment :

You said: It was too cold, it was too hot, or it was just right.
We say: It should be okay now.  Let us know if it isn’t.

Group Study Rooms:

You said: One person takes the room that is intended for a group.
We say: If this happens when Library staff is available, please let us know and we will ask the person to yield the room.

You said: More group study rooms and larger group study rooms.
We say: The Library is looking for ways and places for more group study rooms that will be constructed as funds and space permit.

Furnishings:

You said: More of the cushioned rocker chairs because the wooden ones are too hard.
We say: We are ordering more.

You said: Several people asked for a vending machine for beverages,other asked for a hot water machine.
We say: A soda/cold water vending machine was installed today! There are two water fountains by the restroom. We are investigating the possibility of getting a water cooler that dispenses hot water.

You said: More and higher tables.
We say: All new tables will be higher and we will look at fixing leg room for our current tables.

You said: Love seats for intimate relations, and several people asked for cup holders.
We say:  New chairs will be lounge chairs with tablet arms and cup holders.

You said: Food
We say: Vending machine is in place.

You said: Staplers, hole punchers
We say: Done!

Services:

You said: Several people asked for two sided printing.
We say: We’re trying.  We appreciate students’ interest in conserving paper and trees.  This is very important to us as well. The printer in the new 24 hour room is set to print two sided.  Wireless jobs go to this printer. If you do not want two sided printing, you need to change the default. One of your subsidized prints (or seven cents) is deducted for each side you print.  The expense of printing is the toner more than the paper.  While the other printers in the Library could print two sided, they are not working well with UniPrint.  We will continue to try to provide this service.

You said: Newspapers
We say: These are available on the second floor when the Library is open.

More access:

You said: Have a gate come down for the counter area and then connect the two after hour sections.
We say: We thought about that, but there is no way to close off the stair case leading to the second floor.

You said: Can we have an entrance open on the side of the Library for more convenient access from DeNaples.
We say: If we could use the time machine someone requested, we would go forward in time and connect the two buildings.

You said: Have “after hours entrance” always open.
We say: This exit does not have a gate like the other entrances/exits do so we need to have people leave through the exits with the security gates.

You said: Any way to keep the 2nd floor open as well—more space, computers, books and good times!!
We say: We need to control access to the second floor collection, desks and offices to times when staff are present.

Wishes:

You said: Color printer
We say: Libraries that have these charge 25 cents a page.  Right now, the Library is opting to subsidize 200 prints per semester (with an additional 50 for those taking Intersession classes)

You said: Kittens; Cuddly cute animal/puppy viewing area (lots of people liked this idea); Swimming pool; Time machine; Headphone station

Compliments (Thanks!):

Best place to study by far after 12:00 am

Love having 24 hour access to group study rooms

I love it in here.   Yay! I heart it so much!  Spacious.  Thanks everyone it’s luxurious.

Excellent.  Gr8 job!!!  Woohoo I like it!  It rocks

Thanks, what a nice way to go!  From the Class of 2010 and all the rest of alumni.

This room is smooth like keystone…you mean Keith Stone

Great for midterm and final study nights

Very convenient now with so many students

Great addition! Quiet place to study!  Congratulations!

You have space to do work and not crammed into the Pro Deo room

Very convenient on weekends being open before noon.

Printer Problems?

The computers in the Library are networked using a system called UniPrint. Sometimes UniPrint goes down. The Library now has a backup plan in place for students when this happens which uses a “crash cart” with a stand-alone computer and printer.  The “crash cart” will be located in the alcove adjacent to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library. If this happens, you’ll need to save the document you want to print to a flash/thumb drive or e-mail the document to yourself. If you need any help, you can ask one of the Reference Librarians.

Wireless Printing for Macs Now Available in the Weinberg Library

Photo courtesy of Ruben Bos under a Creative Commons license

It’s a great day for Mac users at the Weinberg Memorial Library!  You can now wirelessly print from your Mac laptop to one of our UniPrint printing stations.  Just check out our instructions here and print away.  If you run into any trouble, let a library employee know so that we can fix the problem.

Wireless printing is not yet available for 64-bit Vista systems – only Macs and 32-bit PCs. Thanks for your patience, Vista users!

Wireless Printing is finally here

At last! Students can print from their laptops to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s UniPrint system – wirelessly.

Here’s how it works:  First, install this new printing system to your laptop.  Note – we don’t yet have software ready for Mac or for 64-bit Vista computers, but we’re working on it!

Then, to send a print job from a wireless connection to the UniPrint station on the first floor of the Library, just log in into RoyalAir or connect to Resnet. All wireless jobs, whether you’re using your laptop inside the Library or elsewhere on campus, go to the first floor print station in the Pro Deo Room (which you can access 24 hours a day, even after the Library has closed, by swiping in with your Royal Card).

When you print a job using this system, you’ll be prompted to enter a name for the job, a password and your username. Within two hours, go to the Library and swipe your Royal Card at the UniPrint Station in the Pro Deo Room where your documents will be printed and a per page fee will be charged. If you wait longer than two hours, your print jobs will be purged – you’ll have to resend the job to the UniPrint Station.

Remember, the Library subsidizes 200 prints for each student in the fall semester, 50 subsidized prints for students taking an Intersession class and 200 in the spring – see our post on “Printing in the Library – The Inside Scoop” for details.

This is a new service at the Library, so if you run into any problems, please let us know – either tell a Library staff member, comment here on our blog, or post to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

UPDATE: As of February 2010, wireless printing is now available for Macs. Instructions are here.