FreePint: Library as a Service… the Next Big Thing?

LAC-Group was recently the center of a FreePint article that focused on Library as a Service or LaaS. FreePint is one of the leading publishers of articles and reports about information practice, information content, and information strategy. Here is what they had to say about the LaaS concept:

“Before we look at what Library as a Service is, I think it’s worth looking at the cloudbased Software as a Service (SaaS) in a bit more detail as the concept, in my mind, is very similar.

What is Cloud-Based Software?

SaaS is a software delivery model in which software and the associated data are centrally hosted within the cloud by independent software vendors.FreePint-Article-Library_as_a_Service-May-2014-01

It has become a common delivery model for many business applications, including:

  • Office & messaging software
  • ƒƒAccounting tools
  • ƒƒCollaboration tools
  • Customer relationship management systems
  • Invoicing tools
  • Human resource management applications
  • Content management tools.

Library as a Service shouldn’t be confused with the idea of “library as a service” rather than a physical place, an idea which has been fuelled by the rise in digital services and which outlines how library services can expand beyond four walls and be available via email, the web and other technology solutions. […]”

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LAC Group is a market-leading, outsourced provider of library, information, and knowledge management services to blue-chip customers including corporations, government agencies, law firms, financial institutions, and universities. Founded in 1986 and based in Los Angeles, LAC is a leader in the outsourced business services market and has a strong track record of delivering high-quality, cost-effective services that help organizations manage and curate physical and digital information, data, and content. For more information, please visit lac-group.com.

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