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General Agreement on Trade in Services: 
A Resource for Librarians


What is GATS?

History of GATS

Present of GATS

GATS &  Gov't Services

WTO &  Gov't Services

Application of Regulations

Cultural Industries

Protecting Culture

Concerns for Libraries


Works Cited


GATS Resources

WTO Resources on GATS

Text of the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS).

World Trade Organization (WTO) information on GATS

Resources on GATS from Library Organizations

Canadian Library Association's resource page on GATS.

European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations's (EBLIDA) resource page on GATS.

The American Library Association's International Responsibilities Task Force (part of the Social Responsibilities Round Table) resource page on the WTO and GATS.

Position Statements on the WTO and GATS by Library Associations

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' (IFLA) position statement on the WTO

IFLA's position on WTO Treaty Negotiations (includes GATS)

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) position on GATS negotiations.

Government Resources on GATS

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides information about the WTO and GATS at .

European Commission's INFO-POINT Database on World Trade in Services is located at

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's web site on trade in services.

Inter-departmental page about GATS on the Government of Canada web site.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative maintains a WTO & Multilateral Affairs web site at For information specific to GATS, please visit their GATS page at

GATS Watchdog Groups

GATSWatch is a joint project by Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute. Their web site is at

The Transnational Institute's information about GATS can be found at

Site created by Sandra Anderson in April, 2003 as part of
LIS 583 - Globalization, Diversity and Information, a course offered at the
School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.
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