As remote work has become routine, cloud-based technology tools have become increasingly necessary to communicate with other library staff and with faculty and staff to continue providing seamless and uninterrupted access to library resources and collections for our campus community.
Cloud-based technology tools such as Google Forms and Google Sheets are used to gather faculty requests for collection development, tools such as Tableau are used to illustrate material budget balances, and platforms such as Trello have been adopted to track subscription renewal cycles and manage other projects.
This guide discusses the benefits of using these powerful cloud-based and little to no additional cost technology tools through the lens of a particular area in librarianship such as documentation, data and project management, communication, data storage, and data visualization. While the real-world examples provided throughout focus on technical services staff operations, specifically acquisitions and electronic collection management, each tool’s features and use cases are transferable among all areas of librarianship.
This guide provides insights into how collaborative, dynamic, and accessible these cloud-based solutions are for a technologically shifting workplace as well as considers the challenges to adopting cloud-based solutions such as administrative buy-in, aversion to change, and steeper learning curves as well.
Readers will gain practical experiential examples that have been instrumental in creating efficiencies in collection management workflows for technical services staff. The use cases illustrated exemplify enhancements that librarians can incorporate into their own collection management practices to further engage with their colleagues, their patrons, and their larger communities more effectively and efficiently.
Kayla Kipps is the collection development librarian at the College of Charleston Libraries. Kipps earned an MLIS from San Jose State University and an BA in English from Virginia Tech. She has been working in technical services roles for over eight years in areas such as collections processing, collection assessment, collection development, and electronic resource management.
Allison Kaiser Jones is the electronic resources & serials librarian at the College of Charleston Libraries. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the Libraries’ subscription-based resources in both print and electronic formats. Her presentations and publications primarily focus on serial life-cycle workflows and integrating cloud-based technologies into collection management. Jones earned a MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a MA in British and American Literature from the University of Charleston. She has worked with library collections and in technical services roles for over fifteen years.
1: Data Storage in the Cloud
2: Documentation in the Cloud
3: Data Management in the Cloud
4: Data Visualization in the Cloud
5: Project Management in the Cloud
6: Communication in the Cloud
7: Library Management Systems in the Cloud
8: Looking Ahead at Using Cloud-Based Tools in Libraries
Glossary of Terms
About the Authors
Collection Management in the Cloud provides a practical, budget-minded approach to using cloud-based tools for collection management workflows. Kipps and Jones review several of these tools, including instructions for set up, details on how to use in the library, and concerns such as cost and security, in easy-to-understand language.
An interesting and engaging overview of essential tools and strategies for 21st century librarians.
Any collections or electronic resources manager will benefit from the in-depth analysis of the tools and services described in this book. Its publication is especially timely given the sudden and recent increase in remote work.
This incredibly informative resource fills a critical void regarding the use of cloud-based technologies in libraries. Not only does the book provide a broad overview of available technologies, but it includes detailed explorations of specific products and software and the ways in which those tools impact library workflows and processes.