A New Way to Share: Cloud Computing in Libraries

Cloud computing is an easy way to share what we have created on the internet for others. It is a new phenomenon. Cloud computing is defined as cloud computing/storage as a means to manage, house, access and share most of the data on the internet rather than a hard drive. Most applications and software I examined on my blog, use cloud computing. The sharing aspects of cloud computing make this possible.

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There are some of the types of cloud services I use both professionally, and personally and cloud services and how they affect individuals and businesses.

Pure cloud services:

Google Drive: I use this service mainly for Red River College for writing essays and notes. Google Drive is a storage app operating on the internet. It comes with Google sub apps like Docs, Sheets and Slides. It is available on most devices like PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Apple iCloud: As an Apple user on my iPhone, I use their cloud storage regularly. It is exclusive to Apple devices. This service allows me and other Apple users to link and store contacts, calendar events, email, etc. It also works with Apple’s document sheets like Pages (Word), Excel (Numbers) and PowerPoint (Keynote). This service also helped me and others find their iPhones and Apple devices with the Find my iPhone feature through the user’s information and the internet.

There are a lot of ways libraries use Cloud computing as a tool for their institution and services:

  1. It makes the library’s catalogue and data accessible on the internet.
  2. Revolutionizes library management from a top-down approach.
  3. Allows librarians to do other tasks besides manually storing data themselves.

I like the idea of fitting in an entire library catalogue and making it easier to access for patrons any time anywhere.

I believe privacy is a fundamental right, especially in libraries. Because patron records need to be kept in a secure vault containing sensitive information without feeling compromised.


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