recommendations for public webstation printers

R124C41 at R124C41 at
Wed Mar 6 09:55:17 EST 1996

In regard to the question posed by Robert Cameron, Loyola University Library
(New Orleans) [cameron at] concerning recommendations for public
webstation printers...
Let me make the following radical proposal.  

Provide **no** printers at public webstations.  

Instead, provide the Adobe Acrobat PDFwriter and floppy disks to which users
of public webstations can "print" (in PDF format) via the usual web browser
print capability.

In addition, arrange with Adobe (this will not take much) to provide the free
Adobe Acrobat Reader program on a disk that individuals may take away with
them to install and use on their home computer.

In this way, you will be doing the users a favor in not letting their
information suffer the heat death of getting transformed onto paper media.
 You will also, I believe, save on consumables.   And finally, if the users
really do want to print the stuff on paper, they can do it on their home
computer where they stand the entire cost.

Isn't this the right way to go?  Isn't this the direction we are all heading?
 Isn't it important to encourage users to go this direction too?

--David Ritchie
--R124C41 at AOL.COM
--Naperville, IL

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