The "cloud" it's a term used when computers share resources. The Killam library at TAMIU is transitioning to a new cloud system. Library director, Doug Ferrier says it will give users a better experience.
"You sit down at a computer log on and then you search by author, title subject or keyword and it will show all the material that's available. It's a very comprehensive system."
This new system is called World Share. When libraries catalog an item they can add it to the database and make it available worldwide. Librarian, Malynda Dalton says it's going to make searching for something more complete.
"It's going to be a one stop shop where before they had to search our local catalog and then go to various databases. This going to help them find everything they need in one place."
Another advantage to this new system is that you don't even have to be at the library or on campus to access what the library has to offer.
Ferrier says, "You'll be able to get access from your phone or tablet. You can get into it with any instrument that you own. So anyone with a laptop, or ipad can have access to this stuff. That's the beauty of it.”
Changing to the cloud platform will help the library streamline services and offer next generation discovery for library users.