Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Ask a Librarian

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Ask a Librarian

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Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature in which librarians have a chance to comment on the topic of the month featured in the current Computerfi in Libraries. In this issue, Qin Zhu, a member of the IEEE Library Advisory Council who focuses on information development at HP Labs, explores the possibilities presented by cloud computing. The following has been edited for style and length.

Q: How can scalable cloud-based services help libraries manage resources and collections?

A: The concept of cloud computing is not new. A very early form of service in the cloud was the period when libraries stopped hosting CD towers for library information resources and shifted to relying on subscriptions to information providers' websites. Modern cloud-based services in libraries can be traced from the early 2000s when libraries were looking at the "hosted solution" versus the "in-house solution" for journal listing.

As we all know, an information professional's main role is to manage and organize information for further distribution and dissemination of knowledge. Cloud-based services provide a means for libraries to free resources on information technologies and focus on libraries' core competencies-manage, organize, and disseminate information. …

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