About the Talk
A talk was given by Chris Batt, LIC at the Running A Public
Library Website workshop held at the University of Bath on 15-16th November 1999.
- The People's Network: the Final Frontier?
- Chris gave an introduction to the Peoples
Network, describing the projects mission as being "to improve the quality of
life for all citizens by facilitating the Peoples Network as a sustainable network
of access points/learning centres that will provide a national gateway or channel
co-ordinating all public sector information resources". The presentation emphasised
the shift from place to space, from the library that (to some people) appears
never to be open when they want to use it, to the 24 hour accessible public service portal
and community grid. Examples were shown of how the Internet can be used to support
traditional library services, such as access to the library catalogue and the reference
enquiry service, as well as developing new services to position the public library at the
heart of the community.
Web Sites Mentioned In Presentation
- [HTML Format]
- [Powerpoint 97]
Chris Batt OBE is
Chief Network Adviser to the Library and Information
Commission where he is responsible for the implementation of the Governments New
Library Network policy. Until August 1999 he was Director of Leisure Services for the
London Borough of Croydon where he had worked for over 20 years.