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ISBN 9781856048071
Published July 31, 2011 by Facet Publishing
232 Pages

 
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Ever wondered what cloud computing really means in practise and how it can help you?

Cloud computing has caused a revolution in libraries and theoretically offered a simpler, cheaper, more collaborative way of working and providing user services. International thought leaders on library technology including Marshall Breeding and Nicole Engard unpick the promises and the reality of cloud computing in this cutting-edge guide to understanding and using these tools. While Part I defines what cloud computing is and various approaches to exploiting it's potential Part II goes on to explore the technologies which are driving this revolution. Part 3 draws together a cross section of case studies demonstrating innovative tools in practice such as Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and Ning.

The key topics covered are:

perspectives on cloud computing in libraries

an introduction to the cloud

pros and cons of cloud computing

what cloud computing means for libraries

librarian and vendor perspectives on cloud computing

cloud computing for LIS education

library discovery services

Koha in the cloud

leveraging OCLC Cooperative Library Data in the cloud via web services

building push-button repositories in the cloud with DSpace and Amazon

selecting a cloud-based data access and file sharing solution

SharePoint strategies for establishing a powerful library intranet

Readership: This is an essential practical toolkit for information professionals working in libraries, archives and museums who want to get to grips with cloud computing concepts and implement practical tools. It also provides an up-to-date introduction for LIS students and academics.