|Chris Batt, the Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in the United Kingdom, visited Melbourne in late August. His trip to Australia was sponsored by National and State Libraries Australasia.
Chris spoke at the State Library on Thursday, 30 August 2007 focusing on public libraries and their renaissance in the United Kingdom - canvassing what has worked, what hasn't, and what remains to be done. Adie Batt accompanied Chris on this visit; she is the Chief Librarian of the London Borough of Croydon, ex-President of the Association of London Chief Librarians and is on the board of the London Library Development Agency.
Chris also presented a session on Beyond Web 2.0 Paradoxes and Challenges.
Additional information about the Council and about Chris Batt can be found at http://www.mla.gov.uk/ and http://www.mla.gov.uk/website/aboutus/staff/bio_cb respectively.
The PowerPoint slides used for both presentations can be found below.
In their Public Libraries in the 21st Century presentation, Chris and Adie mentioned a variety of sites and documents. Links to some of those are listed below:
- Every Child Matters http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
- Every Parent Matters http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/search/IG00219/
- Designing Libraries http://www.designinglibraries.org.uk/
- LoveLibraries http://lovelibraries.co.uk/
- Families Love Libraries http://peoplesnetwork.gov.uk/familieslovelibraries.html
- Getting the Blokes on Board http://literacytrust.org.uk/familyreading/Blokes.html
- The Little Book of Public Libraries http://www.mla.gov.uk/resources/assets//L/Little_Book_of_Public_Libraries_8788.pdf
- A blueprint for excellence: Public Libraries 2008-2011 http://www.mla.gov.uk/resources/assets//B/blueprint_v2_11233.pdf
- Better Public Libraries http://www.mla.gov.uk/resources/assets//I/id874rep_pdf_6757.pdf
- BookedUp http://bookedup.org.uk/
- Young People - Fulfilling their potential http://www.readingagency.co.uk/projects/children/fullfilling_potential.html
- Get On campaign http://www.dfes.gov.uk/get-on/
- Skills for Life Read Write Plus http://www.dfes.gov.uk/readwriteplus/
- People's Network http://peoplesnetwork.gov.uk/
- BBC RaW http://bbc.co.uk/raw/
- Londoners Need to Read http://mlalondon.org.uk/uploads/documents/LN2R.pdf