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NISO Virtual Conference: Library Data in the Cloud

September 24, 2014
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

  • About the Conference
  • Agenda
  • Event Slides
  • Event Q&A
  • Registration
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About the Virtual Conference

Cloud computing seems to be a growing trend, no matter the industry or type of information system. Library systems are no stranger to this trend; just about every major systems provider has a cloud-based solution available. While many factors for selecting a cloud system are similar to those for any information system decision, there are some special issues and challenges for storing your data in the cloud, including security, privacy, ownership, interoperability, and transferability.

In this virtual conference, libraries that have explored the use of cloud systems will discuss their experiences, their concerns, issues encountered, and lessons learned.


11:00 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
Nettie Lagace, Associate Director of Programs, NISO

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11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Rick McMullen, PhD, Director of the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center and Research Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas

Rick McMullen, PhD, is the director of the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center at the University of Arkansas. Previous to that, he was the director of research computing at the University of Kansas. As both a scientist and strategist, McMullen has spent more than 20 years in high performance computing research and technical management. His positions have included work on strategic technology evaluation and planning in both the private sector and higher education. 

At the University of Kansas, McMullen led the effort to develop research computing, communications and storage services to provide a university-wide, research computing infrastructure. During his time at  Indiana University, he spearheaded first- and second-generation technology exploration and development. His efforts there focused on high-performance computing, visualization, storage and high-performance networking for research applications.

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12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Integrated Library Systems Moving to the Cloud
Joseph R. Matthews, author and library consultant

This presentation explores the migration of integrated library systems (ILS) from servers located in the library or on campus to the cloud. The strengths and weaknesses of using the cloud as the foundation for providing access to automated services is considered in some detail. Benefits accrue to both the library and the vendor when using the cloud.

Joe Matthews has provided consulting assistance to numerous academic, public and special libraries and local governments.

He was an instructor at the School of Library Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University. Joe has taught evaluation of library services, library information systems, strategic planning, management and research methods. He was selected as the SLIS Outstanding Scholar.

In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Managing with Data and Metrics, Getting Started with Evaluation, Reflecting on the Future, Listening to the Customer, Library Assessment in Higher Education, The Customer-Focused Library, Listening to the Customer, The Digital Library Survival Guide, The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services, Scorecards for Results, Strategic Planning and Management for Library Managers, and Measuring for Results among other books.

Joe is an invited conference speaker and is active in the American Library Association. A dedicated grandfather, Joe resides in Carlsbad, CA.

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12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Big Data Processing in the Cloud: a Hydra/Sufia Experience
Zhiwu Xie, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Technology Development Librarian, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship University Libraries, Virginia Tech

This presentation addresses the challenge of processing big data in a cloud-based data repository. Using the Hydra Project’s Hydra and Sufia ruby gems and working with the Hydra community, we prototyped a special repository for a big data archiving and reusing project, and set up background jobs. Our approach is to create the metadata with these jobs, which are distributed across multiple computing cores. This will allow us to scale our infrastructure out on an as-needed basis, and decouples automatic metadata creation from the response times seen by the user. While the metadata is not immediately available after ingestion, it does mean that the object is. By distributing the jobs, we can compute complex properties without impacting the repository server. Hydra and Sufia allowed us to get a head start by giving us a simple self deposit repository, complete with background jobs support via Redis and Resque.

Dr. Xie is an associate professor and a Technology Development Librarian in the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Virginia Tech Libraries. His areas of expertise are in digital repository, digital preservation, and web archiving.

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1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break

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1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Cloud Computing in Library Instruction
Kris Helge, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries

Kris Helge from the University of North Texas will talk about cloud computing, how to use it in library instruction, and the legal risks involved.

Kris Helge is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of North Texas. He earned a J.D from the South Texas College of Law, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Texas, a B.A. from Baylor University, and is a Ph.D. student studying Information Science at the University of North Texas.

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2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Data Publication and Sharing with Globus
Steve Tuecke, Deputy Director, Computation Institute, University of Chicago; Co-Founder of the Globus Project

The Globus service (http://www.globus.org) will soon provide new data publication and discovery services, in addition to its current big data transfer and sharing capabilities. Globus data publication offers: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for publishing large research data; bring your own storage, or use cloud storage; extensible metadata; publication and curation workflows; public and restricted collections; rich discovery model. This presentation will give an overview and demonstration of these Globus data publication and sharing services.

Steven Tuecke is Deputy Director of the Computation Institute (CI) at The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and co-leads the Globus project with Dr. Ian Foster. His focus is on the development of sustainable, cloud-based, software-as-a-service data management solutions to accelerate research. Prior to CI, Steven was co-founder, CEO and CTO of Univa Corporation from 2004-2008, providing open source and proprietary software for the high-performance computing and cloud computing markets. Before that, he spent 14 years at Argonne as research staff. Tuecke graduated summa cum laude with a B.A in mathematics and computer science from St. Olaf College.

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2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. eResource Management in the Cloud
Jeffrey D. Kuskie, Electronic Resource Manager, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of Nebraska Omaha migrated from a traditional ERMs to OCLCs cloud-based solution (WMS) in 2013, which provides a unified framework for e-resource management, with discovery, ILS, ERM, link resolver and A-Z list all contained within one platform. The cloud-based system also makes it possible to share data between cooperative members and allows for automatic record loads of some publisher records by OCLC. The combination of local data, shared global data and automatic record loads, combined with a lack of best practices/guidelines present unique challenges for libraries managing e-resources in a cloud-based environment. This session will highlight some of the benefits and challenges of implementing cloud-based e-resource management.

Jeff Kuskie is Electronic Resources Manager at Criss Library on the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) campus. He coordinates the implementation, process and ongoing maintenance of the electronic resource collection through the life cycle of each resource. He is also responsible for license negotiation and collaborates with library faculty and staff on procurement of e-resources. Jeff was recipient of the 2013 NASIG Serials Specialist Award.

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3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break

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3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Security and Data Ownership in the Cloud
Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC; Councilor-at-large, American Library Association

In an age of security breaches and lengthy terms and conditions governing data ownership, moving library applications to the cloud raises a lot of questions but also many opportunities for library service providers to distinguish themselves from commercial web companies. Libraries must be key players in balancing technological capabilities with the professional ethics, legal, and political realities that govern library services in the cloud.

Andrew K. Pace joined OCLC in 2008 as Executive Director for Networked Library Services at OCLC, where he is directing projects to move library management and discovery services to the cloud. He was formerly Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries. A Past President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, Pace currently serves on ALA Council and on the ALA Committee on Organization. He also serves on the NISO Information Standards Quarterly editorial board.​

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4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Privacy in the Cloud
Eric Hellman, Founder, Unglue.it

After 10 years doing physics research at Bell Labs, Eric got interested in electronic publishing, started an e-journal, started a company, built linking technology for libraries, sold that company to OCLC and worked there a few years, started blogging, and finally decided that the important thing to do would be to make ebooks work for libraries. And everyone else.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Roundtable
Nettie Lagace, Associate Director of Programs, NISO

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Registration closes on September 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Registration Costs

  • NISO Member
    • $185.00 (US and Canada)
    • $225.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $245.00 (US and Canada)
    • $285.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $80.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes on September 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).  Cancellations made by  September 17, 2014 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the virtual conference via e-mail the Friday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.

  • If you have not received your Login Instruction email by 10AM (ET) on the Tuesday before the virtual conference, please contact the NISO office or email Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager at jwood@niso.org for immediate assistance.

  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the conference. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the conference from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.

  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact the NISO office to provide alternate contact information.

  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.

  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived conference recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.