Chris Batt OBE is Director of Learning and Information Society at Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries where he is responsible for strategic advice on the delivery of services to users of museums, archives and libraries. As part of his remit to advise on the use of ICT he is responsible for the implementation of the Government’s People’s Network programme. His task is to connect all 4,300 public libraries to the Information Superhighway by the end of 2002, giving universal public access to the rich information and learning resources that are now being created in Cyberspace.
Until August 1999 he was Director of Leisure Services for the London Borough of Croydon where he had worked for over 20 years. Closely involved in the development of Croydon Clocktower, the award winning cultural centre, his responsibilities as Director of Leisure Services included libraries, museums and heritage, the arts, sport and recreation, parks and open spaces, and tourism.
In 1999 Chris advised the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on the creation of the new Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. He has a keen interest in the development of information technology for public use having been involved with the development of computer systems since the mid-seventies and has written seven books on the subject. He also lectures in the UK and the rest of Europe.