Major trends in libraries in the UK

Chris Batt OBE is chief executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for leading strategic advice on the delivery of services to users of museums, archives and libraries. Previously Chris advised on the use of information and communication technologies in museums, archives and libraries. He's also led the UK government's People's Network programme, a project to connect all 4,300 public libraries to the information superhighway by the end of 2002.

Chris has a keen interest in the development of information technology for public use, having been involved with the development of computer systems to support cultural heritage and learning since the mid-seventies. He continues to lecture in many countries around the world and has been the author of several books and many papers on the subject.