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University Press' services going digital
by Jonathan Ewart
The University Press has undergone some major changes since printing
manager Jim Corr has come on board. Corr has helped reshaped the way
the service is provided to MUSC.
Jim Corr, center,
discusses a printing order with Geoffrey Cormier, right, Teresa Hilton
and Terry Bagan.
The University Press is an in-house printing operation that provides
MUSC colleges, hospitals, departments, faculty, students and staff a
creative approach to all of their printing needs—from the smallest
black-and-white jobs to the largest full-color orders.
Two of the newest features the printing service is implementing are an
electronic storefront and the e-Pace workflow system. The electronic
storefront gives MUSC the ability to buy printing over the Internet.
“People can go online, do their own type-setting and proofing and place
their orders,” Corr said. “This is expected to be fully engaged and
running by the end of 2008, which is a pillar goal for us.”
The e-Pace system is an upgrade to the current workflow system. It will
improve efficiency of order entry and the overall efficiency of the
printing plant from the time an order is entered to when it is
“Sometimes change needs to be made to take an organization to the next
level,” said Corr, who has 30 years of experience in starting, fixing
and running companies. “We are hopeful this will be a good fix for
The employees are happy with Corr’s contributions, said Teresa Hilton,
media resources consultant for University Press. “Jim not only has
press experience but also has digital experience, which helps the
employees advance their skills. Before he came, we did some digital
work, but now it has really advanced,” she added.
The main goal is to provide MUSC with exceptional reliability, short
cycle times, competitive prices and the highest quality printing
products and services available.
“Our turnaround times have changed,” said Hilton. “We just want to
assure everyone that things will get out on time.”
“Although the printing presses are located in North Charleston, a 24-48
hour turnaround time for most projects is not uncommon,” said Corr.
“With two vans always operational, we can deliver a lot of product in a
very short period of time.”
The downtown location offers creative top-quality design work and
superior customer service. Walk-in service for copying is also
available at the 165 Cannon St. location.
University Press offers design work for an economical price, free
pickup and delivery of orders, and free consultation for all printing
needs. Because University Press is an in-house operation of a
state-sponsored organization, it has certain cost efficiencies that
makes its pricing very attractive.
Unlike outside vendors, which are more expensive and offer limited
products and services, University Press can facilitate copy jobs as
well as printing projects at a price to fit any department’s
University Press is currently located in the old Wachovia building next
to the Energy Plant on Cannon Street. By January 2009, the department
will move down the street to offices on the first floor of the Bee
For information on printing services at MUSC, call 792-2591.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
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