Computing in the Clouds

Cloud Computing: What it Means for Libraries, Library Staff, Training and Skills

Robert Bley, Ex Libris.

Presentation at the JIBS User Group Workshop and AGM Back to the Future and Into the Cloud, 24 February 2012, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Gives a good definition of what cloud computing is – ‘the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product’ (Slide 4) and the benefits for library staff – ‘the exciting thing is that it frees-up people to do more creative things, of deeper value to users’ (Slide 20). Always good to hear of library staff getting the opportunity to be creative!



Access to Information

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

William is a boy in Malawi who built a windmill for his family based on plans from a few library books. It highlights the importance of, not just using information when you get it, but access to information in the first place. Also, shows the never-ending importance of libraries. Yay for libraries!

TED: (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDucation: 5 Talks Librarians Should Watch (and Why), blog post, lists this video and four other videos that provide library staff with food for thought.