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Facade conservation and repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

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Joel Kotkin on libraries & community

Throughout history, the storing of information has been crucial to the well-being of societies. Joel Kotkin considers the critical role of libraries in economic and social prosperity, from ancient times to the 21st century. He then looks at the opportunities provided by new technologies to disseminate information to those who are in danger of being 'left behind'.

Joel is from Los Angeles. He is a journalist, academic and consultant on global, economic, political and social trends. His writing appears regularly for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other US newspapers, and he lectures widely on city planning and development.