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Institute group attempts to provide sufficient maps to reduce confusion

Mary L. Morrissey, director of the Information Center, asked me to respond to Gwen Freyd G's letter regarding campus maps ["More maps necessary to guide through MIT maze," May 15]. She and I, along with a small group of others, have been working all this past year to identify the content, means, and methods of making public information broadly available across campus.

Central to our task was the need to provide for the kinds of campus maps Freyd referenced in her note. Freyd's description of the problem was certainly consistent, both in perception and in fact, with the frustrations which we found many people experiencing around the campus.

I am pleased to say that our group was successful in augmenting the funding (originally initiated by a class gift) for the design of a new campus map and its installation in three locations: one will be installed by the T stop at Kendall Square, one near the bus stop on the Student Center side of Massachusetts Avenue, and one to replace the map in the lobby of Building 7.

We identified several other locations which we could not cover with the funding we received. The additional locations Freyd mentioned in her letter were on our list as well. We have recommended that additional maps be installed in future years as funding becomes available.

I want to thank Freyd for her interest and concern about this important issue. Should she be interested in reviewing the substantial amount of detail that we developed around the issue of communicating public information on the campus, she should not hesitate to stop by my office or to call me.

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