The Ames Library
- Default public printers to the double-sided mode.
- Purchased 5 gallon "water island" for staff area and discontinued practice of offering
individual bottled water.
- Paper stocked throughout the library is 30% recycled post-consumer fiber when purchased
and recycling containers are provided throughout the building; periodically, paper
gathered in these containers is exhibited in high-use areas to raise awareness about
conserving paper and printing only when necessary.
- All public Laser printers in the building also utilize power management features;
power saving mode is enabled after 30 minutes of inactivity; additionally, toner dpi
is set at 300 dpi, the lowest setting available.
- Staff receive orientation regarding individual ways they can support sustainability
such as leaving office lights off in the day time and using paper from recycling trays
at the public printers for in-house printing.
- Electronic reserves staff crop out excess black when scanning reserves material. Extra
black requires unnecessary amounts of toner/ink if electronic reserves resources are
- Public computer monitors dim after 15 minutes of the screen saver.
- The Instruction Lab, Project Rooms, and half of the computers at Scholarly Workstations
and in the Information Commons are shut down for the summer and during Winter break
in order to reduce energy consumption; when the building is closed for extended breaks
and 3-day weekends, all public computers and printers are shut down and staff are
reminded to turn their office systems off.
- Printing & Mailing Services replaced the old Xerox machines with 7 Canon/Xerox multifuctional
devices which offer a scan-to-email function in addition to printing traditional photocopies.
The power saving mode ism also activated on these machines and they have been set
to print and copy at their lowest settings. All staff have received instructions on
these features and provide guidance to patrons when requested.
- Conduct marketing campaign to advertise scan-to-email function of copy machines
- Investigate turning off half of remaining public computers over long break periods.
Last updated: January 20, 2009