Lowell Deeds

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October 4, 2006

Copyless???

by @ 9:15 am. Filed under Registry Ops

Yesterday, we started an analysis of both our administrative and public copy machine volume. Why now?…As we move toward the next generation of registries it is apparent the role of copy machines will decrease. In recent years registries have imaged millions of pages and made them available in-house and on Internet. Every day more and more people get their copies from our printers or at home rather than from our copy machines. This has led to a huge decrease in public copier volume. Here at the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds public copier volume has been cut in half in the past year. Our future plans include the removal of approximately 6,000 record books over the next year. This will only worsen the situation. In contrast administrative copy volume has changed very little in the last three years (of course, enhancement projects cause fluctuations…especially in the summer when our interns are here). Twelve years ago when Register Howe and I first came to Middlesex North keeping our copy machines supplied and working was a big issue. I find it interesting that today we can envision a record hall without copy machines.

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