recommendations for public webstation printers
ecarrico at spl.lib.wa.us
Sat Mar 9 20:31:18 EST 1996
On Wed, 6 Mar 1996 R124C41 at aol.com wrote:
> In regard to the question posed by Robert Cameron, Loyola University Library
> (New Orleans) [cameron at beta.loyno.edu] concerning recommendations for public
> webstation printers...
> Let me make the following radical proposal.
> Provide **no** printers at public webstations.
[delete suggestions about using Acrobat]
> 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.
This statement doesn't make any sense. Media is media - disk or paper.
> 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.
Yes, you would definitely save on consumables like ink, toner or
paper. However, we provide these systems in our library because many of
our patrons have NO system at home. We are their sole source of access
to internet information resources in addition to the other resources we
provide such as Infotrac.
> 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?
No, this isn't the way to go if we are truly interested in making
sure that all members of our community have equal access to information.
I don't believe that there is a way for anyone to retain all of the data
obtained in a single online session (whether it is book titles and
authors, the content of a magazine article, or statistical data obtained
from a a website) without having it printed out. I would encourage our
patrons to be thoughtful about using our resources when printing, but I
feel that to not provide those resources would be as silly as telling
them they can only read reference works in the library and they may NOT
take any notes.
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