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Printer Optimization Initiative Starts Mon., 10/3

September 22, 2022

This fall, UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT), in partnership with Toshiba, will kickstart an assessment of print, fax, and copier equipment, taking an important step toward a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient campus.

  • Starting the week of October 3, a joint IT/Toshiba team will work with departmental contacts to inventory network printers, copiers, and fax equipment. 
  • The vendor will develop recommendations for reducing costs and maximizing print capabilities based on heat mapping, security risk, cost, and other analyses. Final recommendations will be shared with departments later this fall.

What To Expect

  • Week of 9/26: The joint IT/Toshiba team will reach out to designated departmental contacts to schedule in-person visits starting in October.
  • Week of 10/3: In-person assessment starts. Departmental contacts will work with IT/Toshiba to analyze print volume and usage and identify any service issues. Contacts may also facilitate access to locked rooms and other spaces connected to print and copier equipment. The assessment is expected to span a week or more for the entire campus. Print activity will not be impacted during this time.
Departmental IT Admins: What You Can Do to Prepare
  1. Designate one or more individuals who can serve as contacts for your area for this initiative. Contact Angela Leathers at angela.leathers@umass.edu by Friday, September 22.
  2. Start an inventory of the network printers, faxes, and copiers in your college or department, including locations.

Thank you for your patience as we undertake this initiative, which has already been completed at Dartmouth, Boston, Lowell, and the Chan Medical School. We expect the Amherst campus to benefit greatly from the final recommendations.
Please contact Angela Leathers, Assistant Director of Finance, Information Technology, at angela.leathers@umass.edu if you have any questions.