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Scanning: free or fee?

Question asked by John Siegel on Apr 21, 2016
Latest reply on May 10, 2016 by John Siegel

There has been some brief discussions recently about charging for scanning vs. not charging. Currently we do not charge, but the energy costs and the drop in paper printing (a good thing) are biting into the budget, so it's being revisited. I'm curious to know what other organizations are doing. So the questions are:

 

Do you charge for scanning?

If yes how much?

If no, are you considering charging in the near future?

Do you require a user to be authenticated via logon or card swipe prior to accessing the scanning function?

If not, have you had any issues that resulted from the scanning access being "open" ?

 

Here's our info:

University of Colorado at Boulder

Do you charge for scanning?

No

If yes how much?

n/a

Any specific reason for charging?

Some of the reasons to charge that have come up are; recouping energy costs, preventing copyright infringements (not sure how that would impact copyright issues), offsetting the overall system cost due to the decrease in revenue generated via printing.

If no, are you considering charging in the near future?

It has been a topic of discussion, but if agreed to there is no current timeline for implementation.

Do you require a user to be authenticated via logon or card swipe prior to accessing the scanning function?

Yes, although the librarians preferred it "open" (unauthenticated) for patrons to use, OIT Security felt it was a risk. (the University of Colorado libraries are also public libraries, and the Law School Library is also the state of Colorado legal library, so the general public has the same access to the devices as the students, faculty, and staff)

If not, have you had any issues that resulted from the scanning access being "open" ?

n/a

thanks,

 

          John

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