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DSB, Digital Service Bureau for Learning at the U of MN Art Department.

Spring 2015 Hours

Spring 2015

Monday 8:00am - 3:00pm / 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Closed for Spring Break Mon March 16 - Sat March 21

Closes for Spring Session use at closing time on Wednesday May 13th       All unused student fees will disappear at this time.

To make a reservation, click the link below!

Print Lab and Mounting Resources

If you need to make a print or scan and the DSB isn't available, or you've graduated check out these labs in town:

White House Custom Color

Color Space Art and Imaging

The Lab

Thomas Reographics

Minneapolis Photo Center

Want to use the DSB? Here's what you have to do!

Before you are allowed to print in the DSB you must either attended a training session (recommended - times are listed on this blog every semester. Sessions are offered the first 1/2 of the semester and you must sign up) or have signed this contract and gone over the printing directions briefly with the DSB attendant (Download the contract here: DSB Training Contract.doc, also, but please note if we are busy we may not be able to go over printing at that moment). 

PLEASE stop by the DSB in W138 to sign up for a training session, e-mail,, or call 612-626-4196 to sign up or learn more about training sessions!

Training Sessions for Spring 2015:

Monday February 9th 10:00am

Wednesday February 25th 2:30pm

Saturday March 7th 10:30am

Users who do not need to be trained: If you used the digital service bureau last semester; once trained in, as long as you use the DSB at least once every semester you don't need to be trained in again. When in doubt contact the DSB,, to see if you are required to attend a training session or not.

About the DSB Copy Center

The Art Department copy machine is now housed in the DSB, and although faculty, grads, and students can use it during regular DSB hours we have specific hours set with staff to assist faculty in making copies for you.


Those hours for Spring 2015 are: 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00am-10:00am

If you e-mail your digital black and white files to be copied by 8:00am Mon through Thurs  the DSB copy staff will make copies for you that will be ready to pick up by 10:00am on that day. Any other time you wish to make copies, you may stop by the DSB during regular DSB hours and make copies at your convenience!

Regular DSB Hours:              Mon 10:00am - 3:00pm / 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tues 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thurs 10:00am - 9:00pm

Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm


Procedure for e-mailing documents to have copied for you:



Please attach your .doc, .docx, or .pdf file to the e-mail. 

We may not be able to download and copy other files.


Title the subject line: Copies Nov 18, 10:00am 

(the word "copies" and the date and time you would like them completed)


In the e-mail body include

Your Name:

Department:(ie. Drawing/Painting, Ceramics, etc.)

File Name:

Number of Copies Needed:

Next File Name:

Number of Copies Needed:



Standard procedure is to copy each document double sided and stapled. If you would like something different, please specify. We only have black and white printing capabilities.


You will receive a reply to your e-mail when the copies are completed. Please note, e-mail is not perfect and sometimes messages get lost due to no fault of your own or our own. If you do not receive a reply by 10:00am of the day you'd like your copies done, the e-mail was not received. Send it again or plan extra time to make copies yourself.


If we are closed and you need copies please go to one of the University copy centers.
Be sure to have your department code/budget string when copying.

Making a Reservation

To make a reservation please go to: and follow the directions to reserve the printer of your choice.

If the checkout site is not working properly please stop by or call the DSB during open hours 612-626-4196. Please note that if you call during open hours and we do not answer call back in a 1/2 hour or so - our voice mail is not checked regularly

Now Accepting Payment Via Gopher Gold!

The DSB can now accept payment via your Gopher Gold card (also known as your student ID). Students can put money into their Gopher Gold account, present it when checking out at the DSB. Your payment will be made and a receipt e-mailed to you!

To see where to go to add money to your Gopher Gold card/student ID see below!


Epson V700 Flatbed Scanner

Nikon Scanner

How to Prepare a Digital File for Print

Other Print Labs on Campus

Screenprinting: Halftones and Color Separations

How to Reserve Workstations Online
Users may reserve Print stations at the DSB counter in person or online.

Reservation Restrictions
  • User may book a piece of equipment up to 10 hours per week.
  • Reservations can be booked online up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • 15 minutes is required between reservations for processing.
  • Reservations can be made in 30min, 45min, and 1 hour slots
  • Users must be present within 10 minutes of their reservation time or their reservation will be canceled.
  • Up to 2 back-to-back reservations may be made but there must be a 15-minute processing time between reservations. The user may stay at the printer during this 15-minute time. Example: if you want to use a printer from 11:00- 1:00 you will make one reservation from 11:00-12:00 and the second reservation from 12:15-1:00.

User Responsibility

  • Users are responsible for finishing using the workstations at their scheduled reservation end time, this includes prints being completed by the printers. The larger the print the longer the printer takes to print it.
  • Prints on the small printers should be sent no less than 10 minutes before the end of their reservation and prints on the large printers sent no less than 30 minutes before the reservation end. Larger prints may require more time to print!
  • All prints will be paid for at the time of printing, either by a class fee or pay-as-you-go. For pay-as-you-go the DSB technicians will supply students with a bill that must be paid at the photo crib before the prints can be taken from the DSB. Or students may use their Gopher Gold/U card if there is money on the card.
  • No prints leave the DSB without being paid for!

Printers:             4800 printers print sheets of paper up to 17" wide.
                     9800 printers print on rolls 24" or 44" wide. Sheets may also be put in these    
                          printers, but paper registration is more difficult.

You must choose a printer that prints on the media you will be printing on as the inks are different for matte paper and glossy/luster paper. This is marked on the checkout site.

For questions contact the DSB at: 612 626 4196
Or Lead DSB Supervisor: Caroline Houdek,


Two paper media are available for use on the designated digital photo printers:
Epson Enhanced Matt Paper and Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper. 

We also have transparency for Printmaking applications which can be used on specific 9800 Luster Printers.  The PhotoCrib has vellum for sale which can printed via the Experimental Printer only.

Students may bring in their own paper, but can only use coated media on the photo printers.

FAQs for Instructors

Why aren't my students listed yet in the DSB print-tracking file?
Instructors from digital classes must send their final class lists (after folks have added and dropped) to Caroline Houdek at the DSB ( their students are able to print. It takes a few days to enter them into the system. All other classes use the pay-as-you-go method for making prints.

What if some students in my class print digitally but others print in the silver darkroom or with the litho stones?  Do I send you the entire class list?
No. if you teach advanced photography, advanced printmaking or independent study for which a digital course fee is collected, and you have some students working digitally and others working chemically, please send ONLY the student names who will be using the DSB as the regular printing base. We transfer area course fees into the DSB account based on what you tell us, so you will need for students to declare up front where their fees should go. If a student wants to work both digitally and with other means, you can split their fee and send half to us and keep half in the area; but you and the student need to determine the appropriate amount. If someone initially chooses the non-digital route but then changes their mind mid-semester we can transfer funds then, but please try to determine this at the beginning of the term. The DSB uses these funds to supply inks, papers, and maintenance tanks and needs to receive the bulk of the fees at the beginning of the term.

Can I bring my classes into the DSB when the DSB supervisors are not there or during closed hours?
No, there is no after-hours access. Classes are allowed in the DSB only during regular open lab hours when the supervisors and monitors are present.

Can I bring my class in last-minute for a demo?
No. Please arrange times for in-class demos with Caroline Houdek ( with at least 48 hours notice, but preferably at the beginning of the semester so we can avoid conflicts with other class demos. We expect instructors will want to teach the demos themselves to their students.

Do students have to pay for test strips?
Normally no, but if a student makes excessive test strips then they will be charged the regular persquare-footage rate for the extras. All test prints and contact prints must be paid for.

Will the DSB supervisors print or prepare my files for me or my students?
No. Users must prepare their own digital files (off site) and be familiar with resolution, color profiles, and Photo Shop. The staff will assist new users and help with any problems along the way, but they are not there to print files for others. Their first priority is to help the students learn the equipment.

Can students print whatever they want on the experimental printer?
No, there are limits even on this printer. Students cannot run wet media through the experimental printer, including wet-coated papers and surfaces and prints with wet inks on them. Newsprint should also not be used even on these printers as the fibers clog the ink nozzles too badly.

Do students have to pay for prints that don't turn out well when using the experimental printer?
Yes, students must pay for all prints on these machines. The DSB supervisors maintain the
experimental printer in the best shape they can, but due to the unregulated use of materials we cannot guarantee accurate color results, adequate paper feeding, or printing with uncoated media. Please discuss with your students the experimental nature of the process so that they fully understand the additional costs for using this printer. Send any tips you have for getting good results.

Download PDF

DSB FAQs for instructors.pdf

Digital Service Bureau Access and Use Policy

•    The DSB is a hands-on learning environment in which users sit at the computer stations and print and scan their own projects. We have Epson 9800 (with printing up to 44 in. wide) and 4800 (with up to 17 in. wide) digital inkjet printers, two Nikon 9000 film scanners, and one Epson V700 flatbed scanner. Two paper media are available for use on the designated digital photo printers: Epson Enhanced Matt Paper and Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper. There is also specific media available for the designated uncoated/printmaking printer. Students may bring in their own paper, but can only use coated media on the photo printers.

•    The DSB is not a general computer-use room; please prepare your files offsite.

•    The DSB is monitored by the DSB supervisors during all open hours; there is no access outside of regularly scheduled hours. The supervisors are on hand to assist users with scanning, printing, handing out and loading paper (if needed), and other aspects of the digital workflow. However, users must already understand how to prepare digital files for printing (we do not teach Photoshop or prepare files for printing), and either be currently enrolled in a digital printing class (digital photography, printmaking, or digital drawing), have taken a digital class within the past year or must take a tech demo on the machines (arranged by lead DSB supervisor by appointment only).

•    Presently access to the DSB is restricted to students, staff, and faculty affiliated with the Department of Art. Note: adjunct faculty have access to the DSB only during the semester they are teaching.

  • Before you are allowed to print in the DSB you must be enrolled in a digital art class, have attended a training session (recommended) or have signed the DSB Training Contract.doc and gone over the printing directions briefly with the DSB attendant.
•    Students currently enrolled in digital art classes and paying a digital course fee have automatic access, once their instructors sends the DSB the student class list. Everyone else - e.g. students taking independent studies or BFA/MFA credits in non-digital areas, working on Senior Projects from non-digital areas, faculty and instructors from non-digital areas, and staff - must take the tech demo and/or have signed the Training Contract. 

•    All prints must be tracked and paid for prior to leaving the DSB. For students currently enrolled in digital classes we use a course-fee system. Enrolled students receive a credit for up to so many digital prints for the course fee they pay, which is tracked in an Excel spreadsheet database based on current class lists. Instructors MUST forward their class list to the lead DSB technician, Caroline Houdek at, before their students are allowed to print using their fees. After an enrolled student uses his or her course-fee allotment, they are able to make additional prints, paying for prints as they go. Unused credit is not refunded but is used to pay for test strips, maintenance tanks, and other general expenses of the DSB.

•    For students, staff, and faculty who are not enrolled in an art class they pay as they go. Payment is either made using cash or check paid at the equipment Cage W139 or using Gopher Gold. Note, students must first ad money to their card before they can use it in the DSB. Click here for locations where money can be added to the Gopher Gold Card.

  • Payment must be made before prints leave the DSB; no tabs are carried. The DSB is not responsible for prints left behind to be paid for later, but users will still need to pay for any damaged prints. Students cannot print using other students course fees.

•    Priority during the last 2 weeks: During the last two weeks of the semester each student is only allowed to make up to one 1-hour reservation per day for the 4800 printers OR one 2-hour reservation per day for the 9800 mural printers. Also students, staff, and faculty who are not enrolled in a digital class should not plan on printing during these weeks. The DSB receives a higher-than-normal volume of users during this time. All students in classes have priority.

•    Unused course-fee print credits: There are no refunds for unused portions of student credits, the remainder stays in general DSB account. Students do not all print the same amounts for each assignment or project. This means that some students will not exhaust their full course-fee print credit: the DSB depends on the unused portions to help pay for maintenance tanks, Kraft paper, unexpected repairs, etc. We recognize that it may seem unfair, but it is similar to what happens in all other art courses; all students pay the same exact materials fee, but they each use less or more amounts of materials.

•    No food or drink is allowed in the DSB.

•    Failure to follow these policies will result in losing DSB privileges.

Contact the DSB

Location: Regis Center for Art W138
Tel:  612 626 4196

Regis Center for Art
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis Minnesota 55455


Spring 2015

Monday 8:00am - 3:00pm / 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Closed for Spring Break Mon March 16 - Sat March 21

Closes for Spring Session use at closing time on Wednesday May 13th       All unused student fees will disappear at this time.

To make a reservation, click the link below!

Department of Art