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Thoughts from Carl Grant: Why and how librarians have to shape the new cloud computiong platforms

Thoughts from Carl Grant: Why and how librarians have to shape the new cloud computiong platforms | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Carl Grant:

"At the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, I gave the keynote talk at the NISO Update Session. My goal was to give attendees some thoughts about how important it is that they participate actively in the shaping of the new cloud-computing platforms which are are emerging from a number of organizations, including OCLC, Ex Libris, Serials Solution, Innovative and Kuali. I stated that the main reason for our participation as librarians is simply this: So we can ensure the value of librarianship is contained within and amplified by these new technological foundations.

 

There were three key points I talked about us doing in order to accomplish this. They were:

1. The mission and value of librarianship have to be embedded in the software you’re using.

2. Defining our future is a task of participation, NOT representation.

3. For our services to have value they must offer differentiation."

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Libraries turn to cloud for e-book lending

Libraries turn to cloud for e-book lending | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"St. Paul, Minn. — Millions of Americans now own Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers. And libraries are taking notice, expanding their collections of e-books they can loan to patrons.

That trend has 3M's attention. The company has a long history of serving libraries. And 3M sees a big business opportunity in helping libraries build, manage and lend their collections of electronic books.

The St. Paul Public Library next month will begin a formal trial of 3M's "Cloud Library" system, along with ten other major public libraries around the country."

 

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iLibrarian » 21 Useful Cloud Computing Resources for Librarians

iLibrarian » 21 Useful Cloud Computing Resources for Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Cloud applications, platforms, and services are being embraced by libraries and librarians around the world. If you’re just getting started or want to learn more about this increasingly popular trend in computing, here is a collection of 21 articles, blog posts, and conference presentations to get you started"

 

 

 

 

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Cloud Computing for Libraries, by Marshall Breeding > books | The Tech Set

Cloud Computing for Libraries, by Marshall Breeding > books | The Tech Set | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Marshall Breeding:

"Cloud computing helps libraries shift away from owning and operating local servers to Web-based services. This book equips you with the information and practical advice needed to evaluate the many opportunities to take advantage of cloud computing. It features applications that empower you to use technology without the constraints of a locally supported infrastructure, and more in-depth information and examples of how to plunge directly into suitable projects by taking advantage of free services offered by the top cloud services providers. Examples include using cloud-based supplemental storage, Google’s suite of apps, Amazon’s S3 and EC2 services to power your library website, and DuraCloud to host an online library media collection."


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Libraries face a digital future

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Lessons from overseas suggest there is more to digital libraries than e-books, writes Gill Hitchcock (RT @MultiMediaIT: Libraries face a digital future - article in the Guardian Professional's Government Computing section

 

"Weiner urged libraries to adopt open standards rather than cater for any one type of reader. "The iPad is the world according to Apple, it is not an open standard," he said. "If you think of the democracy a library represents, it should be built on open standards."

He maintained that cloud computing offers great opportunities for libraries. "For example, Amazon today offers Kindle clouds where the books are not in your Kindle, they are up the cloud…

The library cloud could be the place where libraries store all kinds of content, not only books but videos, or content that is created in the library."

He claimed to be a big fan of "hyper-local journalism", which he defined as a group of people within a community getting together and writing about that area. Weiner believes that a library is a perfect place for them to meet, write or start their own blog."

 

 

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More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian

More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian From cloud computing to data curation to open-source software, the world of technology offers great opportunity—and potential frustration.

 

"Nancy Courtney and her team of IT experts have set out to enhance the former and alleviate the latter. More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian follows up on Courtney's 2005 technology volume by tackling the most recent advances in IT. Each chapter describes a technology important to the library field..."

 

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