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The Profit Virus: Globalisation, Libraries and Education

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS & INSTITUTIONS (IFLA)

A FRINGE MEETING AT THE IFLA 2002 CONFERENCE IN GLASGOW

THE PROFIT VIRUS: GLOBALISATION, LIBRARIES AND EDUCATION

To be held at
GLASGOW UNIVERSITY
Gilmorehill Centre for Theatre, Film & television, Room 408
9 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Thursday 22nd August 2002, 1.00 - 5.30pm

OPEN TO ALL

SPEAKERS:

Steve Rolfe - Chair of the World Development Movement, Scottish Committee
"An Overview of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS): the beginning or the of public services?"
Ruth Rikowski - South Bank University, Book Reviews Editor for Managing Information , and a member of Information for Social Change (ISC) and the UK GATS Network
"The WTO/GATS Agenda for Libraries - with special reference to public libraries in the UK"
Frode Bakken - President of the Norwegian Library Association, EBLIDA WTO Working Group
"Downsizing free public services: means or ends of global trade policies?"
Paul Whitney - Chief Librarian, Burnaby Public Library, BC, Canada, and IFLA representative to the WTO Seattle Ministerial, and past President of the Canadian Library Association
"International Trade Treaties & Libraries: A Canadian Perspective"
Anneliese Dodds - Edinburgh University, Cuba Solidarity Campaign
"The GATS and Higher Education: Consultation or Obfuscation?" - with special reference to Scotland
Dr. Glenn Rikowski - University College Northampton, Associate of the Institute for Education Policy Studies (see: http://www.ieps.org.uk ), and author of The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education (Tufnell Press)
"The Woodhead Federation? The Business Takeover of Schools"

Followed by a Reception, 5.30 - 7.00pm with wine, soft drinks and biscuits hosted by LINK , an organisation in liaison with the UK Chartered Institute of Library " Information Professionals (CILIP), that links with Third World libraries and librarians and raises awareness of Third World issues.

This is a fringe meeting organised by Ruth Rikowski, who edited a special edition of Information for Social Change (number 14, winter 2001/2002) on 'Globalisation and Information'. The special issue contains articles by Jonathan Rutherford, Anneliese Dodds and Alex Nunn on higher education and the WTO/GATS, as well as articles on the WTO/GATS agenda for libraries by writers such as Fiona Hunt and Ruth Rikowski, on gender relations and information (Shahrzad Mojab), and general articles on the WTO/GATS by Bill Lehm, Clare Joy and Glenn Rikowski.

Information for Social Change at: http://libr.org/ISC/TOC.html

Ruth Rikowski contact: rikowski@tiscali.co.uk

"Imagine a world without libraries... it could happen"
- British Columbia Library Association