Keynote Speaker: Mr. Marshall Breeding

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, speaker and the author of Cloud Computing for Libraries (Neal Schuman, 2012) will speak at the 4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World to be held in Limerick, Ireland, from September 4 to 6, 2013. Mr. Breeding’s keynote speech, entitled “Cloud Computing: A New Generation of Technology Enables Deeper Collaboration”, will concentrate on the use of cloud computing in settings of higher education and libraries, and use examples from academic libraries to illustrate the opportunities offered by the cloud computing technologies.

“Cloud Computing: A New Generation of Technology Enables Deeper Collaboration”

In recent years cloud computing has taken hold as a new paradigm for computing and finds increased use in settings such as higher education and in libraries. Cloud and Web-based computing fits well with the strategic priorities of these institutions, allowing them to focus on more meaningful technology-based services rather than tending to lower-level hardware and software infrastructure. Further, cloud computing provides a foundation for business and information systems powered by shared knowledge bases or other operational data sets. Breeding will use examples from the academic library arena to illustrate the positive impact that cloud computing offers to information management.


Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Automation Marketplace feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored seven books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries published by in 2012 by Neal-Schuman, now part of ALA TechSource. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics.

He is a regular presenter at library conferences including Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences, has been a LITA Top Technology Trends panelist at ALA conferences has been an invited speaker for many library conferences and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He has spoken in throughout the United States and in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Argentina.

Marshall Breeding held a variety of positions for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN from 1985 through May 2012, including as Director for Innovative Technologies and Research as the Executive Director the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.

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