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Adoption of Cloud Computing Technology For Library Services In The National Open University of Nigeria Library.

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Adoption of Cloud Computing Technology For Library Services In The National Open University of Nigeria Library.

Abstract

The study investigated the adoption of cloud computing technology for library services in NOUN Library. Issues related to the existing computer network available in NOUN library such as LAN, WAN,

the rationale for the adoption of cloud computing in NOUN library, information services provided in NOUN library such as building digital library, searching library data, building community power were also enumerated.

In addition, the implications in terms of cost, staff and maintenance of cloud computing in NOUN library were investigated.

Objectives of this study include among others identifying how NOUN library provides its information services and access to its students who are spread across the nation.

Four research questions were raised, among which are: the existing computer network available in NOUN library and the rationales for the adoption of cloud computing in NOUN library.

Qualitative research method was adopted; Focus group method, NOUN University Librarian and four IT staff were used as sample size of the study.

Guided interview constituted the instrument for data collection, while descriptive method was used to analyze the data collected.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Declaration ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………ii

Dedication …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….iii

Acknowledgement ………………………………………………………………………………………………….iv

Abstract ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..v

Table Of Contents ………………………………………………………………………………………………….vi

List Of Figures ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..vii

List Of Appendices ……………………………………………………………………………………………….viii

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background To The Study ………………………………………………………………………………….1

1.2 Statement Of The Problem …………………………………………………………………………………5

1.3 Research Questions …………………………………………………………………………………………..6

1.4 Objectives Of The Study: ……………………………………………………………………………………7

1.5 Significance Of The Study. …………………………………………………………………………………7

1.6 Scope Of Study …………………………………………………………………………………………………8

1.7 Operational Definition Of Terms ………………………………………………………………………..9

References ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10

CHAPTER TWO

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

2.1 Computer Networks In Libraries ……………………………………………………………………….. 12

2.2 Rationales For The Adoption Of Cloud Computing In Libraries. …………………………..  17

2.3 Information Services Provided Through Cloud Computing In Libraries…………………. 20

2.4 Implication Of Cloud Computing In Libraries. ……………………………………………………. 28

2.4.1 Cost Implication Of Cloud Computing In Libraries …………………………………………..  28

2.4.2 Staff Implication Of Cloud Computing In Libraries …………………………………………..  31

2.4.3 Maintenance Implication Of Cloud Computing In Libraries ………………………………. 32

2.5 Summary Of The Review ………………………………………………………………………………….   34

References ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………   36

CHAPTER THREE

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3.0 Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39

3.1 Research Method Adopted For The Study ……………………………………………………… 39

3.2 Population Of The Study ……………………………………………………………………………… 39

3.3 Sample And Sampling Procedure …………………………………………………………………. 39

3.4 Instruments For Data Collection. ……………………………………………………………….    40

3.4.1 Interview …………………………………………………………………………………………………  40

3.4.2 Observation ……………………………………………………………………………………………..  41

3.4.3 Focus Groups ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41

3.5  Validity And Reliability Of The Instrument …………………………………………………… 41

3.6 Procedure For Data Collection ……………………………………………………………………….42

3.7 Procedure For Data Presentation And Analysis ………………………………………………..42

References ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43

CHAPTER FOUR

DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION

4.0 Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………..45

4.1 Response Rate …………………………………………………………………………………………….  45

4.2 Data Presentation, Analysis And Discussion ………………………………………………….. 46

4.2.1 Existing Computer Networks Available In Noun Library ………………………………  46

4.2.2 Rationales For The Adopting Of Cloud Computing In Noun Library ……………..  49

4.2.3 Information Services Provided Using Cloud Computing In Noun Library ………. 52

4.2.4:  Implications In Terms Of Cost In The Adoption Of Cloud Computing. …………. 58

4.3 Analysis Of The Observations …………………………………………………………………………61

References …………………………………………………………………………………………………………62

CHAPTER FIVE

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

5.0 Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63

5.1 Summary Of The Study ………………………………………………………………………………..  63

5.2 Summary Of Major Findings ………………………………………………………………………..  64

5.3 Conclusions ………………………………………………………………………………………………..  64

5.4 Recommendations ………………………………………………………………………………………. 65

Bibliography ………………………………………………………………………………………………………67

INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study

There is a great deal of debate about what cloud computing is, or is not. Hayes (2008) defined “cloud computing as a kind of computing which is highly scalable and use virtualized resources that can be shared by the users.

Users do not need any background knowledge of the services before using it. Moreover, a user on the internet can communicate with many servers at the same time and these servers exchange information with one another.

Basically, data and adoption in the cloud are available through the internet; it can also be accessed from everywhere and from any device with internet connectivity.

Stroh et al, (2009) defined “cloud computing as “the computing software and services that can be accessed via the internet rather than residing on a desktop or internal server.”

Gartner (2012) defined cloud computing as “a style of computing in which massively scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using internet technologies.

“In various presentations Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) broke this into four different types of cloud computing, namely: Infrastructure, Platform, Applications and Services.

Infrastructure is buying Space/ times on external servers, Examples are Amazons, A3, and Bungee. Platform on the other hand, is an existing software platform in which one can build its own application on, such as Facebook.

While Application is a software application accessed with a Web browser, examples are Google Docs, Salesforce.com, whereas, Service is a ready to use services accessed with a Web browser such as ADP.

References

Ambrose, et al;, (2010). An Empirical investment of cloud computing for Personal Use. Proceeding Paper 24, Retrieved from http/aise1.org.on the 6/8/14.

Breeding, M.; (2012). Cloud Computing for Libraries Chicago: ALA Tech source  Pp1–8.

Creeger, M. (2009). Cloud Computing: An overview. A summary of important  cloud computing issues distilled from Association of Computing Machinery  (ACM) CTO Roundtables. Retrieved 4/08/2014 from http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=1554608

Faith, P.;  (2010).Security and Cloud Computing in Libraries. Pp 121- 225.

Gates, B.;  (2000). Shaping the Internet Age. An Essay on the evolution of  Internet and the Technologies that are helping connect people to  Information, Resources and to each other. Presented at Internet Policy  Institute

Gauch, S.; (2013) User profiles for personalized Information Access.Arvind, Pp  20-29.

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