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NISO Webinar: Cloud and Web Services for Libraries

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements: 

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.


About the Webinar

When young, we look to the sky and see shapes in clouds. We watch as the cloud reshapes into something else. Like actual clouds, the world of digital cloud-based tools seems to also be ever changing as this new technology is developed. For librarians, trend of moving ILS systems to the cloud has exciting possibilities but enthusiasm is tempered by uncertainty. Cloud-based web services are a somewhat new tool, and as such, options are limited. These services are being continuously upgraded, and librarians need to have a voice in the development of these tools to be sure their needs are met.

Libraries have needs that are complex and evolving and available ILS systems are presently limited in their abilities. Minimally, an  ILS system will track what the library owns, its patrons, what they have borrowed, and other general library services. These minimal functions do not take into account the need for integration with the wider array of online services libraries offer nor integration into services of the libraries’ academic institution.

This webinar will discuss what capabilities libraries need versus the capabilities currently offered in commercial ILS systems, and possible short-term solutions as well as helping ILS cloud services to understand better what future versions of their products should include.



Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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Utilizing the Cloud to Empower Research Efforts
John “JG” Chirapurath, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ProQuest Workflow Solutions

As the volume and diversity of content explodes, libraries struggle to provide researchers access and support discoverability of this rapidly growing body of information, which is increasingly comprised of electronic resources. Unlike older technological systems based on inventory and management of print resources, the cloud provides improved economies of scale to manage a variety of content types. With modern researchers increasingly collaborating on interdisciplinary research across locations, cloud-based systems better serve a broader and more diverse group of researchers and also offer improved access to near real-time resources. Next generation cloud-based ILS supporting management of print & electronic resources across the entire collection help libraries further improve the research experience, whether inside the library or in other locations.

John “JG” Chirapurath is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Workflow Solutions. In this role, he leads strategic development of ProQuest’s technology business, which focuses on empowering the academic community with solutions that improve research outcomes and enable libraries to deliver greater value to their institutions.

Mr. Chirapurath’s professional career spans more than 15 years of progressive experience in technology companies—from start-ups to Fortune 50 organizations. Before joining ProQuest, he was Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard’s Application Lifecycle Management business. Other cross-functional leadership positions include Senior Director at two different business units at Microsoft. He also co-founded Sarvega, a pioneer of intelligent data center switches. As Vice President and Board Member, he was instrumental in scaling the business and helping lead the acquisition of Sarvega by Intel Corporation.

Mr. Chirapurath holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is based in ProQuest’s Seattle office.

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Migrating CDL Infrastructure to Amazon Web Services
Kurt Ewoldsen, Manager, Infrastructure and Applications Support, California Digital Library, University of California

Starting in 2014, CDL has been working through a project to migrate their entire technology infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. This project is well under way and we currently have 115 EC2 instances, 51 RDS (MySQL) instances, 358 EBS volumes, 7 load balancers, and 40 S3 buckets actively used by our services. We support Development, Stage, and Production environments within our AWS infrastructure, and are currently working in a hybrid mode with some services and functions still running in our local data centers while we complete our migration efforts. This presentation will be an overview of why we decided to move to a cloud provider, what benefits we have seen to date, and where we see ourselves going in the future.

Kurt joined the California Digital Library in July of 2012. He is responsible for the technology infrastructure that supports all CDL services and manages the team that creates and maintains that infrastructure. Working closely with application development teams, Kurt provides the environment required to create and deliver innovative digital library services to the University of California system. Prior to joining CDL, Kurt spent more than 20 years working in the commercial sector for Fortune 500 corporations like TRW, CSC and Fiserv, primarily in their insurance and financial services divisions.

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Surveying the Horizon: Preservation and the Cloud
Heather Lea Moulaison, Assistant Professor, The iSchool (School of Information Science & Learning Technologies), University of Missouri

Preserving digital information is becoming an ever more important role of libraries and archives in our digital society. Cloud computing and, more specifically, cloud-based data storage offers some potential to help address the issues information professionals face. Yet, not everyone agrees that cloud computing is the best solution. By examining the problem, reviewing the literature, and assessing best practices, it is possible to understand some of the issues that need to be considered.

Heather Lea Moulaison is an Assistant Professor at The iSchool at the University of Missouri. Heather has a wide array of research interests that include the organization of information, digital libraries, emerging technologies in libraries, comparative librarianship, and digital preservation. Heather currently serves as the ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2014-2017, and belongs to the Association Internationale Francophone des Bibliothécaires et Documentalistes (AIFBD), Conseil d'administration, 2014-2017. She Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the School of Communication & Information, Rutgers, and an Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary French Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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Registration closes on October 14, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Registration Costs 

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on October 14, 2015. Cancellations made by October 7, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday 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.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction email by 10:00 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the webinar, at 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 webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar 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 Juliana Wood to provide alternate contact information.
  • Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free webinar connection as part of their membership and DO NOT need to register for the event for this free connection. Your webinar contact will receive the login instructions the Monday before the event. You may have as many people as you like from the member's library view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections beyond the free one, then you will need to enter a paid registration (at the member rate) for each additional connection required.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants and LSA member webinar contacts will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived webinar recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.