Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & 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

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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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.