Effective Jan. 3, 2011, LSU Printing Services will no longer be in operation, LSU announced Monday.


  BATON ROUGE – Effective Jan. 3, 2011, LSU Printing Services will no longer be in operation, LSU announced Monday. This decision was made as part of the LSU Plan for Greater Impact on Louisiana announced earlier this year, which includes an initiative to implement methods for its operations to be more effective and efficient.

            A Printing Services review team was formalized in February 2010 to evaluate operations and alternatives, and a decision to close Printing Services was made and approved by the LSU administration. The closure was communicated to employees on June 28, 2010.

            Through the review, the team found that industry changes resulted in less demand for traditional printing and, coupled with other factors, meant an annual loss for several years.

      The closure of Printing Services will directly impact 32 LSU employees. Since the closure announcement in June, 12 have retired, resigned or found other jobs. The LSU Office of Human Resource Management has been working collaboratively with each impacted employee on options, including contacting them when a vacancy for which they qualify opens.

Also, the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Rapid Response Team and LSU Career Services were engaged as partners to provide additional resources in assisting impacted employees through the transition.

            Beginning Friday, Dec. 10, departments and colleges will use off-campus vendors for printing services using approved purchasing procedures.

            The LSU Plan for Greater Impact on Louisiana was announced in March of this year. As the university monitors and plans for budget shortfalls, the initiative calls for change, adapting through efficiency and entrepreneurship; focus, looking at resources through internal adjustments and improved enrollment management; and autonomy, allowing the university to manage business effectively. More information is available at http://www.lsu.edu/departments/curb/plan/planforfuture.shtml.