Charging for Printing

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Print control software helps to reduce unnecessary printing and recover printing costs. When enabled, print-control prompts users to confirm or reject each of their print jobs before queuing it for printing.  Print Control displays a dialog showing the number of pages and the cost of the print-job along with a customizable message with payment instructions (such as, "Pay at the front desk"; or "You will need a smart card with sufficient funds in order to release your print job"; or "This charge will be added to your library account").  
 
Print control software helps to reduce unnecessary printing and recover printing costs. When enabled, print-control prompts users to confirm or reject each of their print jobs before queuing it for printing.  Print Control displays a dialog showing the number of pages and the cost of the print-job along with a customizable message with payment instructions (such as, "Pay at the front desk"; or "You will need a smart card with sufficient funds in order to release your print job"; or "This charge will be added to your library account").  
  
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* Secured Printer: The printer may be located at staffed desk or counter where users must pay to retrieve their printouts
 
* Secured Printer: The printer may be located at staffed desk or counter where users must pay to retrieve their printouts
 
* Honor System: Users are told the amount they owe and whom to pay.
 
* Honor System: Users are told the amount they owe and whom to pay.
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=Products and Resources=
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* [http://userful.com/products/library-ds DiscoverStation]'s [http://userful.com/products/library-ds-feature-print-control Integrated Print Control Features]
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* [http://www.columbia.edu/acis/dev/projects/ninja/ Ninja] an open source print accounting/print release system. The [http://www.columbia.edu/acis/dev/projects/ninja/dl/ninja-current-src.tgz source code for NINJA] is available under GPL.  Once you download it, the following might help in [http://www.columbia.edu/acis/dev/projects/ninja/doc/ninja_config.pdf installation] and 
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[http://www.columbia.edu/acis/dev/projects/ninja/doc/ninja_sample_files.tar.gz configuration]. There is also a [https://lists.columbia.edu/mailman/listinfo/ninja-users Mailing list].
  
  
 
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Revision as of 15:22, 20 May 2006

Print control software helps to reduce unnecessary printing and recover printing costs. When enabled, print-control prompts users to confirm or reject each of their print jobs before queuing it for printing. Print Control displays a dialog showing the number of pages and the cost of the print-job along with a customizable message with payment instructions (such as, "Pay at the front desk"; or "You will need a smart card with sufficient funds in order to release your print job"; or "This charge will be added to your library account").

Some software enables an invoice/receipt can optionally be included as the last page of the print job. Cost recovery can be achieved through the following means:

  • Automated Billing: When integrated with your Integrated Library System (ILS) using NCIP, printing charges can be applied directly to the patrons account.
  • Print Vending: DiscoverStations can be used in conjunction with virtually all print vending/release stations,
  • Secured Printer: The printer may be located at staffed desk or counter where users must pay to retrieve their printouts
  • Honor System: Users are told the amount they owe and whom to pay.

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