Cloud Computing is a very broad, and often misunderstood, topic. There are numerous applications of Cloud Computing for personal use and in libraries that many of us already take advantage of. This presentation will give a brief introduction to the idea behind Cloud Computing and offer some examples of ways for libraries to take advantage of its power.Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20353608@N04/3081046647/
So, what is cloud computing? Well, I like to think of it like a lump of clay, or really play-dough…. If you need a small piece to make a cup, or to let a child make a small animal– you can just break off a small piece. If you need a larger piece for a bowl or pitcher, then you take that much. However, like play-dough– when you’re finished with it, you can put it back on the lump and it’s still available for the next project.Cloud computing is essentially computing power available on demand, in whatever size and shape you need for your project.Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasohill/45710262/
Nick Carr’s book “The Big Switch” talks about some of the implications that the shift to computing power on demand will have on our lives. He compares it to the shift that occurred when businesses stopped generating their own electricity through individual generators and plugged into the power grid. Carr claims that we have left the real potential of computing untapped because we are wasting resources maintaining separate data centers and duplicating computing power within each of our organizations. A far more efficient use of our technology would be to pool the power and make use of large, centralized data centers to provide computing as a utility as needed.
Transcript of "Cloud Computing and Libraries"
Libraries in the Cloud:<br />Starting the Conversation<br />Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20353608@N04/3081046647/<br />
The age of silos is over….<br />Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52587958@N00/183360432/<br />
OCLC views these new services as increasing the value of the subscriptions it offers to its members. It eliminates many of the redundancies inherent in the current patterns of library automation and allows libraries to take advantage of Web-scale efficiencies. – Marshall Breeding<br />Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81841957@N00/430328206/<br />
“Visits to libraries, focus groups, and over a decade of engagement in the library automation world have convinced me that libraries require less complexity in their management systems”<br />
Libraries spend a great deal of time on repetitive tasks, such as cataloging best-sellers, while ignoring the most valuable aspects of their collections: the archives, the rare items, the unique collections. <br />Libraries must "transfer effort into higher value activity" and embrace the web as the primary technology infrastructure.<br />Report of <br />The Library of Congress Working Group <br />on the Future of Bibliographic Control <br />
libraries <br />in the cloud<br />http://flickr.com/ivanomak/378880737/<br />
Libraries in the cloud<br />library management<br />http://flickr.com/ivanomak/378880737/<br />
Libraries in the cloud<br />discovery<br />http://flickr.com/ivanomak/378880737/<br />