As part of a recent reorganization of academic computing services at MIT, Academic Media Production Services (AMPS) has merged with the MIT Libraries. Effective January 1, 2007, the mergerâ€”which includes all of AMPS with the exception of the Stellar teamâ€”adds multimedia production, videoconferencing, webcasting and distance education services to the Libraries existing suite of information services that support educational technology at MIT.
According to Provost Rafael Reif, the restructuring will help expand efforts to provide faculty and students with â€œone-stop-shoppingâ€ in their use of educational technology services.
Under the reorganization the AMPS staff of 21 will remain in their current positions and offices, most of which are located at NE48. The group will initially report directly to Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries.
â€œI am pleased to welcome the respected members of AMPS to our organization. Itâ€™s vital for todayâ€™s academic libraries to be conversant in all forms of media and to offer innovative, seamlessly integrated services to MIT faculty and students. The synergies and opportunities presented to both AMPS and the Libraries through this reorganization hold great promise for us all,â€ said Ann Wolpert.
Other changes implemented by the reorganization include transitioning the Educational Consulting and Software Development group in Academic Computing to the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Stellar team to IS&T.