CHICAGO — Based on his first-hand experiences migrating the IT infrastructure of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Erik T. Mitchell’s “Cloud-Based Services for Your Library: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, bridges the gap between organizational and technical issues in decision making for cloud computing in libraries. This book helps librarians select the cloud computing solution that is right for their library while matching staff expertise to the customization involved. Written for both librarians and IT staff, it includes:
- Specific information about the technical requirements, capabilities and limitations of different cloud approaches;
- Coverage of organizational factors, institutional capacity, cost and other important considerations;
- An examination of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions that are relevant to library information systems;
- Discussions about legal and policy issues.
Mitchell is an assistant professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to studying information technology adoption and use in libraries, he examines metadata issues and professional development in library and information science. Before joining the University of Maryland, he served as the assistant director for Technology Services in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, where he worked for 12 years. During this time he coordinated the development, implementation and management of a variety of library systems and most recently was responsible for the migration of the Reynolds Library IT services to cloud-based platforms. He is a columnist for the Journal of Web Librarianship and has published and presented on library IT, metadata use and pedagogical approaches.
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