Libraries and Cloud Computing Models: A Changing Paradigm

Libraries and Cloud Computing Models: A Changing Paradigm

Satish C. Sharma (Maharaja College of Management, India) and Harshila Bagoria (Maharaja College of Management, India)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4631-5.ch008
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Abstract

Cloud computing is a new breed of service offered over the Internet, which has completely changed the way one can use the power of computers irrespective of geographic location. It has brought in new avenues for organizations and businesses to offer services using hardware or software or platform of third party sources, thus saving on cost and maintenance. It can transform the way systems are built and services delivered, providing libraries with an opportunity to extend their impact. Cloud computing has become a major topic of discussion and debate for any business or organization which relies on technology. Anyone connected to the Internet is probably using some type of cloud computing on a regular basis. Whether they are using Google’s Gmail, organizing photos on Flickr, or searching the Web with Bing, they are engaged in cloud computing. In this chapter, an attempt has been made to give an overview of this technology, its connection with libraries, the models in which libraries can deploy this technology for providing services and augment the productivity of library staff and case studies.
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Characteristics Of Cloud Computing

  • 1.

    Self Healing

  • 2.

    Multitenancy

  • 3.

    Linearly Scalable

  • 4.

    Service-oriented

  • 5.

    SLA Driven

  • 6.

    Virtualized

  • 7.

    Flexible

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Cloud Computing And Libraries

Libraries have been in transition since their inception as they are directly affected with environmental changes. There was a time, when biggest library used to be the one with largest collection and they were serving their users mainly with their own resources in an almost isolated manner. Then came an era of computers where libraries started getting connected with other collaborating libraries through networks and consortia for mutual advantage of sharing the resources at divided/shared cost with a shift of emphasis from acquisition to access. Emergence of electronic resources has an added impact on libraries which forced them to prepare to face different kinds of challenges from users to meet their multidimensional requirements.

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