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Web printing service gives convenience to students

Web printing service gives convenience to students

Web printing service gives convenience to students
November 27
08:40 2013

Andrew Freeman / Staff Writer

The UNT General Access Computer Lab System now offers a service which allows students to print from their personal devices in certain labs across campus.

The General Access Computer Lab Managers Committee and the General Access Lab committee voted on the program – an initiative set in motion by the General Access Computer Lab System.

“The web print option is intended to benefit students who may not have a printer, but have their own workstation or laptop,” said Judy Hunter, director of desktop services, 24-hour Student Computing Center administrator and Willis 24-hour General Access Computer Lab administrator. “Print jobs can be submitted from a dorm room, apartment or anywhere a student may have access to the web.”

The process involves going online to printing.unt.edu, entering account information, and then uploading the job to be printed. For more detailed instructions, students can visit the site here. Acceptable devices include students’ laptops, tablets and smart phones. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers work best.

Stephen Su, an information science master’s student who works as a customer service representative at Willis Library, said the program has really enhanced the student-printing experience because it so convenient for students’ busy schedules.

The 24-hour Student Computing Center in Willis Library, the Academic Computing and User Services/Adaptive Lab in Sycamore Hall and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Lab in Chilton Hall currently support this feature.

“Web printing allows a student to use whichever device best meets their needs while still giving the student a printing option in order to get quality printouts to submit in class for their assignments,” Hunter said. “This service also improves services on UNT rented laptops, as a student can now print directly from the laptop without needing to move to a lab station in order to print.”

Communication studies junior Madeline Rodriguez said the tool has made it simple to quickly print assignments.

“My life has been infinitely easier since I found out about this,” Rodriguez said. “I commute and am without a printer, so knowing I can print it from my iPhone while walking to the library saves me a ton of time when walking to class.”

Hunter said she hopes students come to benefit from the program, which the university began in September.

“This service is not about the library, but about the students,” Hunter said. “I hope that the new service gives students a viable printing option for getting the resources they need to be successful at UNT.”

Feature photo: Pre-music freshman Callahan Glabman explores the new printing system services on his iPhone in his car. From his car he can upload a document and send it to print at one of the printing kiosks in the library. The new printing system can be accessed any where that students have internet access. Photo illustration by Larissa Mathews / Intern Photographer  

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