Cloud Computing and Nation-wide Academic Library Information System (NALIS): A Conceptual Approach

Abstract

Author(s): J.N. Gautam , Govind Singh

Dwindling budgets, escalating costs and varied information needs has forced libraries to seek into the option of cloud computing. This emerging technology is a new nexus in the domain of computing & seems to be a big hope for modern libraries. A nation-wide academic library information system (NALIS) is possible by leveraging the advantages of cloud computing. NALIS will interlink few or all academic libraries of its coverage and support them to build high quality digital libraries with diversified contents and share the thus built digital libraries with other member libraries under its cloud. This paper is an attempt to conceptualize an integrated nation-wide cloud computing model for academic libraries of higher education. The paper also points out the potential services which can be provided by NALIS cloud.

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