Cloud Computing For Librarians: An Introduction

The computer world is constantly talking about cloud computing and the revolutionary implications of shifting from owning and operating local servers to Web-based services. But what does cloud computing actually mean, and how can you put it to use for yourself, your library and your library’s users? In this new workshop, Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland, will introduce you to the cloud, explaining how it works in straightforward terms librarians at every technical level can understand.  She’ll then show how you can use cloud-based tools to collaborate, save money, and make your library more efficient.
Topics include:
  • What is the cloud?
  • Implications of the cloud for librarians and library staff
  • Using the cloud for personal productivity and professional development
  • Making the cloud work for library users
  • Mobile devices and the cloud


As a liaison librarian, Krista Godfrey became interested in instructional technologies. Her growing interest in the use of technologies in libraries recently lead her to a position as Web Services Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she concentrates on the library website, usability, user experience and mobile library resources. She is currently the president/treasurer of the Ontario Library Information Technology Association. She blogs at the wee librarian.


How to Register

You can register at the ALA Store by going to for individuals and for groups.


While completing your purchase, you’ll be asked to fill in the name and e-mail address of the group leader who will sign in to the event on behalf of your group. Once you complete your purchase, the group leader will receive an e-mail from Webex confirming registration. This e-mail includes the login information for the event, including the weblink the group leader will use to sign in to the event, so please keep it in a safe place. 

If you prefer to register by phone, call 1-770-280-4185, Monday–Friday, 8:00am–6:00pm Eastern to register; or email your purchase order to

For pricing on bulk registrations in excess of $1,000, please contact us.

ALA TechSource Workshops offer a convenient, hands-on learning experience that will help you and your colleagues make the best technology decisions for your library. Your registration includes recommended readings to enhance your learning and support focused discussion in chat. This ALA TechSource Workshop is licensed for use by staff or users of the purchasing institution or library organization.


Contact ALA Editions; (872) 216-4252,


Individual Registration is $60.00; Group Registration is $120.00