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W20 CopyTech Will Offer Twenty-Four Hour Copy Services

Janet Hsieh -- The Tech
Members of the MIT community visit the new CopyTech Express in the Student Center during yesterday's opening. See story p. 12.
By Jane Yoo

CopyTech Express opened its doors on the first floor of the Stratton Student Center Monday, offering twenty-four hour copying and Athena quickstations.

The new branch is still working out staffing and logistical issues, but for the time being CopyTech Express will be staffed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eventually, the official hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Copy machines will be available 24 hours a day.

The opening of CopyTech Express has stirred excitement among students. Joia K. Spooner '00 thought the new CopyTech was "Great. It's another way for me to get my work in on time."

Students are especially pleased by the 24-hour photocopying facility. "If you don't work in an office or a lab, then you don't have many places to xerox," said Vanessa A. Bhark '01.

In addition to the 24 hour access to copy machines, there will also be Athena quickstations on hand. June Milligan, Marketing Development Manager for MIT Copy Technology Centers, emphasized the expediency of the new CopyTech, noting that "students often need a single copy, a single binding, a fast poster, and a quick option to print."

The new CopyTech is equipped with computer workstations networked to a Canon 700 Color Copier and a dye sublimation printer. With opportunities to bind and laminate materials as well as fax documents, students literally have an office with them at all times, Milligan said.

Currently, one staff member will be present at CopyTech at any given time. Realizing that many students like to do things on their own "the philosophy is self-service. The staff will be on hand to guide students through their jobs or to make suggestions to help them reach their desired final product," Milligan said.

Express caters to conferences

In addition, the copying facility will not only be an asset to students but also to members of the non-MIT community, in particular visitors who come for conferences on campus. Milligan says that she "anticipates that speakers and coordinators will be happy to find such a location which will enable them to create last minute presentation materials."

She imagines that these people "will be able to walk in and plug in their lap top computers, sit at the computer workstations or be at a copy machine."

Like the other three branches on campus, CopyTech Express customers may pay by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, MIT Student Card, MIT Procurement Credit Card, SAP Requisitions, or through authorized accounts.

The creation of new CopyTech Express in the Student Center is very much a response to the demands of MIT students. Last year, the CopyTech Centers conducted a survey to find out how best they could serve the needs of the student population. One of the questions posed to students concerned the possibility of incorporating a CopyTech in the Stratton Student Center. According to June Milligan, "95 percent [of the students who filled out the survey] requested a CopyTech Center in W20."