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978-0-8108-5237-2 • Paperback • August 2006 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
Samuel E. Trosow is Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, holding a joint appointment with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.
Kirsti Nilsen retired in June 2004 from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor both at The University of Western Ontario and at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto.
Part 1 Foreword
Part 2 Preface
Chapter 3 1. Introduction: What Has GATS Got to Do with Libraries?
Chapter 4 2. The Scope of GATS Coverage
Chapter 5 3. The GATS Disciplines: Classification and Commitment of Services
Chapter 6 4. Do Public Libraries Operate on a Commercial Basis and Compete with Other Service Suppliers?
Chapter 7 5. The Perils of Privatization: Commericialization and Privatization of Public Libraries and Library Services
Chapter 8 6. Avoiding the Negative Impacts of Trade in Services
Chapter 9 7. Advocacy for Public Libraries
Chapter 10 8. International Trade Policy as Information Policy
Part 11 Appendix A: Pertinent Sections of the GATS Agreement
Part 12 Appendix B: Pertinent Sections of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU)
Part 13 Appendix C: The IFLA Position on the World Trade Organization (2001)
Part 14 Appendix D: Canadian Library Association Letter to Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Part 15 GATS Glossary
Part 16 Bibliography
Part 17 Index
Part 18 About the Authors
...detailed, carefully argued...Solid, extensively documented...timely and useful...it provides an increasingly rare and thoughtful discussion of certain aspects of library management...
— Library Journal, 4/15/2007
The value of this book lies in its thoroughness and enumeration of problem areas.... Of interest to those working in government funded or the public sectors.
— Par Public Administration Review, February 2009
In this study, Trosow and Nilsen consider the potential effects of various provisions of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) on the delivery of public library services. Following a review of the WTO framework, the authors (both U. of Western Ontario) outline the general requirements of the GATS agreement and identify areas where public libraries may be susceptible to legal challenges from private service providers. They also suggest specific steps for building more effective advocacy programs for public libraries. The pertinent sections of the GATS agreement are found in the appendix.
— Reference and Research Book News, May 2007