The ability to stream all of my library’s digital content for students and staff to access on a range of personal devices–that’s my dream, writes Phil Goerner. At Douglas County (CO) Libraries they’ve made it a reality.
This article has been edited to include additional information from 3M and Polaris. The 3M Cloud Library ebook lending service will now be integrated with the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS), so patrons of participating libraries will be able to browse and check out both physical books and ebooks from one unified interface. The system [...]
Cloud computing can be defined in a number of ways, making it confusing for librarians to understand what is available and what it delivers. Although computer scientists and technologists may have a strict definition of cloud computing involving “on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources” (see the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing), for non-IT librarians it’s enough to think about cloud computing as library data and services hosted beyond the library’s walls and accessible via the web. More and more electronic resources and software used in libraries are hosted in the cloud.