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Living in the Cloud: 
How Using Online Services Can Let You Soar


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A presentation on cloud computing given during a webinar for the Nebraska Library Commission by Sharon Moreland, Liz Rea, and Heather Braum at NEKLS.

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Living in the Cloud: 
How Using Online Services Can Let You Soar

  1. 1. Living in the CloudHow Using Online Services Can Let You Soar Sharon Liz Rea Heather Moreland Braum Northeast Kansas Library System
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  3. 3. "A model for enabling available, convenient, on-demandnetwork access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services)." National Institute of Standards & Technology
  4. 4. Data Backup SlideShareKLOW (web hosting services) Online Office SoftwareFlickr, Picnik Social Networking Hosted Automation Systems Meebo, Mibbit (IRC) YouTube
  5. 5. Share and Collaborate Easily share your photos and documentswith your friends and peers, without e-mail.
  6. 6. Lots of libraries are already doing it...
  7. 7. Stay In Touch Use Social Networking to...handle all kinds of social situations...
  8. 8. … and Disasters this is at 10:57pm, May 22, 5 hours after the tornado hitThis is at 12:30pm May 23, 2011, 19 hrs after the Joplin tornado,
  9. 9. Political Revolution Crisis Camps
  10. 10. No More Removable Media!Patrons will always know where their data is.
  11. 11. Your data lives here.
  12. 12. Not here.
  13. 13. Wherever there is Internet... You have access.
  14. 14. Easy to UseInterfaces are usually very similar to desktop applications, and similar to each other.
  15. 15. Requires Less Powerful HardwareAll you need is a web browser and an Internet connection.
  16. 16. How will I get to the cloud?Netbooks Tablets Nettops ("Net Desktops")Mobile Devices:Smartphones (iPhone, Android), iPod Touch, eReaders ...and your regular computer.
  17. 17. Choose Reliable Providers The bigger the company the better. ... anything well known and heavily used.
  18. 18. NEKLS in the Cloud...
  19. 19. Concerns... "(An) important role for libraries right now is to teach users about these types of services, in no small part so that we can help them understand the potentialconsequences. Because if you teach a patron to use an online documents site and she puts her resumethere and something goes wrong with it, that’s a very real data loss for that person." - Jenny Levine, January 2009
  20. 20. Data Security “How to Stay Safe on Public Wifi”
  21. 21. Password Security500 Worst Passwords of All Time!
  22. 22. Privacy
  23. 23. What happens to your data in the event of acatastrophic failure of your cloud provider?
  24. 24. Failure is always a possibility. • Loss of Internet... data inaccessible • Service goes down... data inaccessible •
  25. 25. Best Practices
  26. 26. You are Only as Secure as Your Password. Choose good passwords and keep them safe. Example: Myfr13nd80B
  27. 27. Read the Terms of Service
  28. 28. But How Will It Affect My...Software Purchasing? Hardware Purchasing? Software on Computers? Security Concerns?
  29. 29. QUESTIONS? Links: Cloud Computing Sites: Photo Credits: Slides:, IM, Twitter (we like friends):Heather Braum - - @hbraumSharon Moreland - @lybrarianLiz Rea - - @wizzyrea