Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Effective June 2013, Westlaw will no longer provide free printing to law students. Students may download or print to their attached printers, but the printers/toner/paper Westlaw provided will go away.

The budgetary impact on a law library will be huge. We're not just talking paper, but toner and the printers capable of handling the demand, and the maintenance contracts that go along with them.

What is a law library to do?

Do we provide the same level of unlimited printing as Westlaw, even if it means implementing a library fee?

Do we just say, go green, save a tree and download?

Weigh in, what do you think should happen?  Creative, off the wall, and just plain crazy ideas welcome!