On Going Paperless and Printing Only at the Library

Printing at the Library

Cleveland Public Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About a year ago, my print cartridge ran dry… or so I thought.  Turns out that the ink just clogged the nozzle and it was time to replace the seldom used printer.  Rather than buy another printer and continue to resupply it with expensive cartridges, I decide that 10 cents per page at my local library was a better option based on how often I actually print.

Today, I finally actually had to print some material.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my library.  I am at it so often that the entire staff knows me by name and I am often greeted with “Mr. Lemke, we have some more books in that you ordered”.  However, I don’t think I feel the same about using the community printer.  The process is as follows:

  • wait for an available printer
  • log in with your 14 digit library card
  • enter your password
  • insert your thumbdrive, open the document and hit print
  • now you get to log into the print queue with the same 14 digit number
  • open the print queue and release the document
  • select, from a drop down listing each branch in the Cleveland Public Library, which printer to send it to
  • open the next document and hit print
  • re-log in to the print queue with the same 14 digit number because you only stay logged in for 1 minute, release the next document and select the printer to release it to, and repeat 6 more times
  • go home and soak your hands in ice due to a flare up of carpal tunnel syndrome

While I understand security, my neck is sore from looking over my shoulder to see if anyone is watching what I am keying in.  I am sorry but there has to be a better way.