The University Cloud Library Model and the Role of the Cloud Librarian

The University Cloud Library Model and the Role of the Cloud Librarian

Sangeeta N. Dhamdhere, Ramdas Lihitkar
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4631-5.ch009
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The latest trend of Cloud Computing is progressing fast and using this technology it is possible to publish and store information on a virtual cloud based infrastructure. Virtualization technology has been adopted by many data centers in the industry. It shares resources on a single system efficiently and reduces infrastructure costs. Libraries are using various technologies along with Web tools at a time. Information sharing and an open access culture are developing fast in the education field. How libraries can make use of the application of cloud computing and virtualization technology for common data storage and managing multiple servers and provide cloud based information services to patrons will be discussed in detail in this chapter. This chapter also discusses in brief the applications of these technologies in libraries along with the university cloud library model and the role of cloud librarians.
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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is the improvement of Distributed Computing, Parallel Computing, Grid Computing and Distributed Databases. The basic principle of Cloud Computing is making tasks distributed in large numbers of distributed computers but not in local computers or remote servers. “The idea of cloud computing has emerged for outsourcing of computing infrastructure, storage of client data and applications that are accessed via a remote server” (Hosch, 2009; Knorr & Gruman, 2008). Traditionally, companies sold product CD’s and one had to buy a license to use them. Now companies like Tally, Frank Borland products provide subscription services on the Internet, without the need for the customer to set up anything and pay on a monthly or yearly basis or just for the usage. Cloud computing also provides a common computing platform where users can build their own applications for use by others through the Web.

Cloud Computing is Summarized as Follows

  • SAAS: Software-As-A-Service

  • PAAS: Platform-As-A-Service

  • IAAS: Infrastructure-As-A-Service

  • DAAS: Desktop-As-A-Service

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