Collection Management in the Cloud: A Guide for Using Cloud Computing Technologies in Libraries

Rowman & Littlefield. (LITA Guides). Mar. 2022. 180p. ISBN 9781538151884. $95. PRO MEDIA
Cloud computing technologies have rapidly expanded in the 21st century. In this detailed work, collection development librarian Kipps (Coll. of Charleston) and electronic resources and serials librarian Jones (Coll. of Charleston) explore cloud computing and its benefits for collection management librarians. The authors examine popular cloud-based technologies and demonstrate how they can be used in libraries. They begin with an overview of collection management and a helpful definition of cloud computing, as this term is frequently misunderstood. The first seven chapters explore essential topics in collection management: data storage, documentation, data management, data visualization, project management, communication, and library management systems. Each chapter provides a topic overview, an analysis of two key cloud computing tools, additional tools, and pricing plan information. Familiar tools such as Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Slack, Zoom, and Trello are covered. In evaluating those tools most useful for librarians, the authors consider features such as versatility, functionality, cost, and security. They conclude this work with a chapter considering the future of cloud computing in libraries, a glossary of terms, and a bibliography.
VERDICT With remote work becoming more common, this practical and well-organized work is timely and recommended for librarians wishing to enhance their collection management practices.
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