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IS Plans New Multimedia Options

IS Plans New Multimedia Options

Justin A. Kent '00 wrote to complain about the absence of graphics and multimedia equipment in Athena clusters ["MIT Lacks Adequate Computer Tools," Mar. 6]. I'm writing to assure Justin and others that Information Systems is currently working to remedy this. Since the spring of 1997 we have been members of the New Media Centers Consortium, a group of colleges and universities that work with hardware and software vendors to bring media tools to campus computing environments. IS had hoped to have a new cluster/classroom of multimedia equipped machines (complete with color scanners, video digitizers, and a variety of software) ready by January, but due to campus construction delays, the room IS was allocated has not yet been vacated. IS has been told that the current occupants will be out in April. Once ready, this facility will be used as a classroom during the day but will be open to students during staffed evening hours.

In addition to that cluster/classroom, we are already operating a small New Media Center lab in our new offices on the lower level of Building N42. This facility is primarily for the use of faculty and teaching assistants, but since the cluster is not yet ready, students can also reserve time on the machines for course-related use.

Students who would like to know more about the MIT New Media Center or reserve time on the equipment should see our web page at

Katie M. Livingston

Director, New Media Center