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Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation's Gats and Trips Agreements

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Overview

This book provides an overview of the World Trade Organisation; in particular, it focuses on two of the agreements being developed at the WTO, which are due to be strengthened in 2005, and are likely to have significant implications for libraries and information: the General Agreement on Trade in Services (the GATS) and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The book argues that the library and information profession needs to be more aware of these agreements and the way in which they threaten some of the professional ethics and principles (such as the balance in copyright).

  • Explores a vital and very new, much undiscovered area – the WTO and libraries
  • Brings together facts about globalisation and the WTO, libraries and information, within a wider social and theoretical perspective
  • Draws on the author’s wealth of knowledge - building on her many published articles on this topic
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…provides an in-depth and yet accessible treatise on the implications of globalisation as represented by the impact of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on public services., New Library World
…a very insightful book. ...an essential book for anyone interestedin the privatisation of libraries or the public sector in general., New Library World
The book should be compulsory reading for policy advisors in LIS professional associations, is recommended to all those interested in the role of librarianship in society., JDOC, Charles Oppenheim, Loughborough University, UK
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Meet the Author

Ruth Rikowski is a well-known author and academic; she has 25 years experience as an information professional. Ruth is currently a Visiting Lecturer at London South Bank University and the University of Greenwich and she is also the Commissioning Editor for the Chandos Series for Information Professionals.

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Table of Contents

PART 1 GLOBALISATION AND THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION: Globalisation and an overview of the WTO
 
PART 2 THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES: An overview of the GATS; The GATS, libraries, information and cultural services within an international perspective; Real-life examples of how the GATS is impacting on libraries in the UK; Positions taken by various library and cultural bodies on the GATS
 
PART 3 AGREEMENT ON TRADE-RELATED ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: An outline of the WTO's Agreement on TRIPS; TRIPS, copyright, libraries and information; TRIPS, patents, traditional knowledge, information and libraries in the developing world; Implications of TRIPS for information and libraries internationally
 
PART 4 AN OPEN MARXIST THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE ON GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION: Implications of GATS and TRIPS: an Open Marxist approach; The furtherance of global capitalism through the WTO

Conclusions

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