What is Cloud Computing? Cloud computing refers to the delivery of… IT resources over the Internet, as opposed to hosting and operating those resources locally… Those resources can include applications and services, as well as the infrastructure on which they operate. EDUCAUSE ‘09
What do you need to exist in the Cloud? Access to Hardware Internet Based Applications Internet Connection
Cloud Computing Hardware Netbooks Mobile Devices iPhone iTouch Palm Pre Blackberries Laptops/Desktops
Applications for Cloud Computing Google “Suite” Zoho Office Delicious Zotero SlideShare Flickr Facebook Twitter YouTube MySpace LinkedIn
Where does the Library fit? Education & Training Recommend & Troubleshoot Consolidate & Collaborate Virtually Embed & Put Services in the Cloud
Scenario 1 Question: A physician in your department is working with 2 of his/her colleagues to edit a textbook on their specialty. His/her 2 colleagues are in France and California. They come to you for advice on the best way to collaborate. Answer:You can suggest Google Docs. The document can exist on the internet and can be edited by any of them at any time. Plus you can be added as a collaborator to assist with information needs.
Scenario 2 Question:The new residents are starting and they rely on their mobile devices. They want to know what the library has that they can access quickly from their phones. Answer:You can create a YouTube channel with brief tutorials on access issues and resource how to’s.
Scenario 3 Question:You have a research group that is working in India for the summer. They need assistance creating a search. Answer:You can use GoToMeetingto set up a session where you can see your user’s computer and they see yours. It’s the next best thing to being beside them while you teach.
Benefits ! Every computer becomes your personal computer. Cost of software is no longer an issue. Libraries have a new way to connect with and support their users. No matter where they work!