Web Printing (Beta) @ the University of Illinois Library

How to Print from a Laptop

* Print Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and PDF files via website upload
* Choose between black and white or color printing (by way of printer selection)
* Choose number of copies

* Cannot print image, html, text, or specific application (AutoCAD, MatLab, etc) files
(Other file types can be printed as PDF documents (see above instructions))
* File size cap of 100 MB
* Must be logged on to the wireless network IllinoisNet
* Cannot print on both sides of a page (duplex)
* Limited to personal (netid) accounts, no group or department account printing available via web print

Web printing is tested and compatible with Windows and OSX laptops, but Library IT cannot ensure compatibility with all mobile device platforms, including Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), and BlackBerry.

New printing system–release the print jobs!

As of yesterday we have a new printing release system.

1. When you want to print a document you can choose “Print” from the file menu, use the print icon in the task bar, or use Ctrl-P as you always have.

2. Choose the print queue you want (this is different):

* Library B&W (this is the only one that will print to the MPAL printers)
* Library Color
* UGL B&W Pay
* UGL Color Pay

You can also send your job to the Library B&W queue and release it (more on that in a bit) at any of the other campus libraries. Library Color jobs can be sent from MPAL and released at any of the campus libraries with color printers (Main, UGL, ACES, Grainger).

3. You will log in with your NetID and password as you always have.

4. You will be shown the cost of the job and asked to confirm that you want to send the print job.

5. Go to the print release station of your choice (ours is at the MPAL reference desk) and log in with your NetID and password.

6. Click “Done” at the release station when you are finished. (It will automatically log you out after about 30 seconds of inactivity.)

As mentioned above, you can send a print job from MPAL and release it at MPAL or at another campus library.

If you don’t release your print job immediately, it will stay in the print queue for 12 hours. If you don’t release your job, it will leave the queue and you will not be charged.

Here are pictures of the steps.

Here is information about how to get refunds.

Here is a link to see how to print from your laptop.

Partifi: make parts from a score

Partifi.org is a “free and automated tool for creating parts from music scores.” This tool was created by those who seek to support and encourage the study and performance of early music who found that instrumental parts were often not readily available. Not only can you upload your own score PDF, you can import public domain scores from IMSLP or browse the “publicly accessible library of user-contributed parts”.

If you upload scores and create parts from your own PDFs, please be aware that you should only do this for works for which you hold the copyright. If it is possible to purchase the parts you need, do not use Partifi to create new ones. Also, don’t forget to check the Library to see if we have parts you can check out either in print or to download from Library Music Source.

How it works

You can search Partifi to see if the parts you need are already there.
If it’s not, you can upload your own PDF or one from IMSLP.
Once you’ve done that, “Partifi attempts to automatically identify the position of each line. For optimal results, you may need to add, delete, or reposition the generated segments.”

The next step is to “Preview the parts for accuracy. At this stage, you can combine two or more parts into a single one (e.g., “violin I” and “violin II”), and add additional page breaks to avoid awkward page turns.”

The final step is sharing. “To distribute the partified score, simply share its download link. Be sure to respect the copyright laws of your country. To later edit the parts, add the score to your “favorites” or bookmark the score’s admin page. If we determine a score to be in the public domain, we may add the score parts to the Partifi library as a service to the music community.”

New scanner

The Music and Performing Arts Library now has two scanners for public use. Both are located in the computer area in the row closest to the circulation desk.

As always, if you have any questions about using the scanners, please ask at the reference desk or the circulation desk.

Do You Tweet?

Our little blog is now over 100 posts old. While I think this is a useful tool for you, dear reader, who may not have time to search for arts news on your own and also want to keep up with Library news and tools, I’m wondering whether folks have time to read blogs any more. Is there a more effective way to share information with you?

I’ve been thinking Twitter might be another way to share these stories and news items with you. Do you Twitter? Would you follow a Music and Performing Arts Library Twitter stream? Or would you rather continue with the blog? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you think.

Thanks! Kirstin Dougan, User Services Coordinator, MPAL

Why your flash drive might not work on our computers

U3 Flash Drives on Public PCs (from the Library IT Helpdesk’s site:)

For security reasons the Library’s public computers are set up to run only the software installed on them by Library IT personnel. This is causing a problem for some users who come to the Library with flash drives that utilize U3 encryption software. The specific U3 software required for these flash drives varies from brand to brand. There are many variations of U3 software and this makes it extremely difficult for Library IT to have all the possible variations pre-installed on the public PCs. Thus, some users are not able to use their flash drives on our public machines.

We recognize that Library users must be able to save their data to take with them when they leave the Library. Library IT is investigating options for dealing with the U3 situation. For the time being, these are some alternatives that one can use at our public terminals:

Email the file to themselves as an attachment via CITES Express Mail

Upload the file to their Netfiles

Save the file to a CD – public workstations have CD burners and Nero Express.

Remove the U3 system from jump drives by following the instruction on U3 FAQ page.

In the meanwhile, if your users report problems with their U3 flash drives, you may refer them to this page on the Funk ACES Library web site for advice.

For more information, please visit the U3 website.