Thursday, January 11, 2018

Barrington 220 Revamps Printing System

Barrington 220 is bringing a new, fully managed printing system to each school building. Based upon the success of a first-semester pilot program at two of our schools, our fleet of aged printers and copiers is being removed and new "managed" multi-function printing devices are being placed in our buildings.

Changes that affect the completion of daily tasks can be disruptive. Disruption, however, is not necessarily a bad thing if it pays off with some conveniences or other benefits, seen or unseen.

Here are the immediate goals of this new district-wide managed print system:
  • Create a district-wide printer/copier solution for all district staff that’s easy to use and greatly reduces (or eliminates) equipment down-time.
  • Increase copying/printing services in the district and provide devices that match the volume necessary for teaching, learning, and operations.
Over time, we hope/expect to see:
  • A printing/copying system that is easy to use.
  • Less printing/copying in buildings (over a period time).
  • More large-volume printing/copying in Copy Center.
Advantages for you, the user:
  • The ability to print, copy, or scan at any Barrington 220 printer/copier.
  • The ability to print a job from your computer and then release the print job at any printer district-wide within 48 hours.
  • The ability to review and track your own prints and copies.
Staff members at our two pilot schools returned in August 2017 to the busy start of this school year, and at the same time were asked to adapt to a new way of printing and copying. A few weeks into the pilot, we asked staff a number of questions about the printing system being piloted at their schools.

Here are a few of the results:

Overall, we found these initial results mostly positive. We carefully reviewed any questions and concerns brought forth to us and tweaked the pilot program devices and system to address as many reported concerns as possible.
The rollout is currently in process and will finish in early February. I trust that your building principal and/or building LTAs have been communicating with you regarding our new printing system. 

If you have not installed printer software on your Mac (using the Self Service app) or scanned your employee ID at one of our new printers, please stop by your school library and discuss this with an LTA. They will be glad to answer any questions you may have and assist you in any way they can.

Our tech team is also available to answer your questions! Contact us at x. 1500.

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