Friday, August 27, 2010

Call for Chapters: Getting Started with Cloud Computing (a LITA Guide)

Call for Chapters: Getting Started with Cloud Computing (a LITA Guide)

Dear Librarian Colleagues:

Consider writing a chapter for the forthcoming book, “Getting started with cloud computing: A LITA guide”.

Edward Corrado and Heather Moulaison, editors, are looking for 8-12 page (double spaced standard font) chapters on either:

1. Applications and services used by librarians in the cloud and how they might be used in a variety of libraries, including information on:
a. The tool itself (what it does, why it could be of use to libraries)
b. Why librarians should know about this application or service

2. Descriptions of best practices/ok practices/not good practices in using cloud services, including information on:
a. The background to the project: Describe your library, your collection, your resources, or any other element that will be necessary to understand what you did and why
b. The project: Describe what you did, why you did it, who did what, and how, being sure to mention any special funding you needed or resources you used
c. The assessment: How have you assessed your project and what are the results of that assessment

Possible topics: Using Amazon S3 for backups/storage, Hosting Websites, blogs, wikis, etc., in the Cloud, Hosting Library Subject Guides in the Cloud, Using Google Docs and other Google Applications, etc.

Examples can focus on all kinds of libraries, including public, special, museum, academic, etc.

Projected deadline for chapter: Nov. 1, 2010.

Authors will receive a copy of the book as compensation.

If you are interested in submitting an idea for consideration, please send a rough outline of your proposed chapter to before Sept. 15, 2010. Clearly indicate in your email your name, contact
information, and any other information the editors should take into consideration about the context of your proposal.

Edward M. Corrado
Assistant Director for Library Technology
Binghamton University Libraries
P.O. Box 6012, Binghamton, NY 13902 USA