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Copy centers offer new services, longer hours

MIT's three Copy Technology Centers are now open longer and have expanded their services to include Docutech printing, slides, copyright clearance and help with departments' own photocopiers.

The remodeled CopyTech centers (formerly the Quick Copy Centers) in Rms 11-004, E52-045 and 2-217 took over many of the copying and printing services of Graphic Arts when that department closed in September. The centers, managed by Steven Dimond, continue to offer binding, self-service copying and over-the-counter drop-off production service as before.

Hours of the CopyTech Center in Rm 11-004 are now 8am-9pm from Monday-Friday, and 8am-5pm on Saturday. That facility now houses the Xerox Docutech publishing system of networked, high-speed laser copiers. The CopyTech Center in Rm E52-045 is open from 8am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

Customers can send Docutech job requests electronically from anywhere in the Institute, eliminating the need to mail or carry over a hard copy. The resulting prints are of much higher quality than those scanned from hard copy or reproduced on conventional copiers, especially when the document contains screens or halftones. With the Docutech, copy center staff can also electronically store an entire job and its specifications for future use after it has been scanned or printed.

Other Copy Technology Center services in Rm 11-004:

  • The Media Service area has self-service computer workstations (three Macintosh and one PC), and consultation if needed. Printer options include high-speed black and white laser prints, color thermal wax, and dye sublimation color prints.
  • Customers can make color copies from hard copies or 35mm slides on three sizes of paper or overhead transparencies. There is also a fax service and a new slide service that can transfer presentation material from a computer file onto 35mm slides within 24 hours.
  • A new Copyright Clearance service expedites the process whereby faculty members assemble course readers for their classes while ensuring that they comply with copyright laws.
  • For community members who are coordinating a conference or seminar, CopyTech can provide copying, assembly and delivery of printed materials.
  • The Institute Copier Program helps departments purchase copiers by providing information on available products and negotiating favorable prices. Under a separate program, CopyTech staff will also install departmental copiers, maintain the equipment and monitor supplies.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 15, 1997.

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