Cloud-based technologies: Enabling Large-scale collaboration for Academic Libraries
Abstract: The latest round of development in the realm of library automation has produced a new generation of library services platforms, designed to serve libraries more effectively than the traditional integrated library systems in place today. These new products take advantage of the concepts of cloud computing to not only relieve libraries from the need to maintain local hardware and software, but to also embrace new models of managing data and content that enable increased collaboration among libraries in the way that they manage their collections. They manage print, electronic, and digital resources in a way that avoids the need to operate different applications to manage each format of material. This new approach to library management has been initially delivered through both commercial products and open source projects and serves as a model for other development efforts. The address will describe some of the products available and projects underway and hopefully stimulate interest in new development efforts that embrace these concepts.