Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Getting Started with Cloud Computing

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1856048071
  • 9781856048071
  • 1,698,715

About Edward M. Corrado

Edward Corrado is Director of Library Technology at Binghamton University, New York.

Heather Lea Moulaison is Assistant Professor at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri.
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Table of contents

Foreword - Roy Tennant PART 1: GENERAL CONCERNS 1. Perspectives on Cloud Computing in Libraries - Heather Lea Moulaison and Edward M Corrado 2. Understanding the Cloud: An Introduction to the Cloud - Rosalyn Metz 3. Cloud Computing: Pros and Cons - H Frank Cervone 4. What Cloud Computing Means for Libraries - Erik Mitchell 5. Head in the Clouds? A Librarian/Vendor Perspective on Cloud Computing - Carl Grant 6. Cloud Computing for LIS Education - Christinger R Tomer and Susan W Alman PART 2: TECHNOLOGIES 7. Library Discovery Services: From the Ground to the Cloud - Marshall Breeding 8. Koha in the Cloud - Christopher R Nighswonger and Nicole C Engard 9. Leveraging OCLC Cooperative Library Data in the Cloud via Web Services - Karen A Coombs 10. Building Push-Button Repositories in the Cloud with DSpace and Amazon Web Services - John Davison 11. Untethering Considerations: Selecting a Cloud-Based Data Access and File-Sharing Solution - Heidi M Nickisch Duggan and Michelle Frisque 12. SharePoint Strategies for Establishing a Powerful Library Intranet - Jennifer Diffin and Dennis Nangle PART 3: CASE STUDIES 13. Using Windows Home Server and Amazon S3 to Back Up High-Resolution Digital Objects to the Cloud - Edward Iglesias 14. Keeping Your Data on the Ground When Putting Your (Lib)Guides in the Cloud - Karen A Reiman-Sendi, Kenneth J Varnum, and Albert A Bertram 15. Parting the Clouds: Use of Dropbox by Embedded Librarians - Caitlin A Bagley 16. From the Cloud, a Clear Solution: How One Academic Library Uses Google Calendar - Anne Leonard 17. Integrating Google Forms into Reference and Instruction - Robin Elizabeth Miller 18. Ning, Fostering Conversations in the Cloud - Leland R Deeds, Cindy Kissel-Ito, and Ann Thomas Knox 19. Not Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining: Using a Cloud Application May Not Always Be the Best Solution - Ann Whitney Gleason 20. Speak Up! Using VoiceThread to Encourage Participation and Collaboration in Library Instruction - Jennifer Ditkoff and Kara Young.
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" excellent non-technical introduction to what may prove to be a dominating influence in the environment that libraries have to work in." -- The Electronic Library "This book would be useful to anyone who would like to understand more about cloud computing in relation to libraries. It provides an opportunity to be inspired with new ideas and potential ways for an institution to save money." -- SCONUL Focus "Timely and essential reading for library administrators and information technologists, this concise and comprehensive work will help them position their libraries as web destinations." -- Public Libraries
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