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Thursday, January 17, 2013

More about the inner workings of university in-plants

I want to be the first to point out an error in the third paragraph of the printed version of my January column for PrintAction, "Inside University In-plants":

In the text, where Chris Panagopoulos, Manager, Publishing and Printing Operations at York University, describes conditions when he began working at York in 2008, he says:  "Back then we were printing between 30- to 40-million course kits annually".  However, the text should have read:  "30- to 40-million impressions annually".

Additionally, referring to the article’s sixth paragraph, Mr. Panagopoulos informs me that although 75 percent of his customers chose to submit hard copies of exams for printing in high-security delivery bags, they also have the option of submitting exams via a secure FTP site or password-protected e-mail.

(You'll notice that the text has been corrected accordingly at the above digital link.)  

Another point of interest is that, in quantifying his Publishing Department’s mammoth responsibility for copyrights, Mr. Panagopoulos tells me that each of the up-to-2,000 copy-right protected items they handle may consist of as many as 30 different articles, periodicals, or business cases—each requiring permission and payment for reproduction rights.

Finally, because I especially regret that with the printed article we didn't have enough space to include portraits of Heather Hersemeyer, President of CUPMAC (College and University Print Management Association of Canada, left) and Peter Klit, Secretary/Treasurer of CUPMAC (right), both of whom were so generous in providing information about both their association and their own in-plant operations, I have included their photos in this post.

In case you’re wondering, the editors of PrintAction decided to bring you another article about the esoteric world of in-plant printers based on the large amount of interest we tracked on LinkedIn and other social media platforms to our June-2012 profile of a hospital in-plant:  “Running a Healthy In-plant”

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