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A talk at The Ohio State University's Library 2.0 Seminar on June 13, 2007. This talk is an introduction to RSS, feed aggregators, and easy ways libraries can take advantage of RSS to improve ...

A talk at The Ohio State University's Library 2.0 Seminar on June 13, 2007. This talk is an introduction to RSS, feed aggregators, and easy ways libraries can take advantage of RSS to improve communication with their patrons, communities, and staffs.

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  • RSS Basics and Beyond Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most out of Syndicated Content Ken Varnum Web Systems Manager University of Michigan Libraries [email_address]
  • Quick Questionnaire
    • Who has heard of RSS?
    • Who reads RSS feeds?
    • Who creates RSS feeds?
  • RSS Working Definition
    • RSS is a combination of:
    • Data Format
      • RSS (0.93, 1.0, 2.0…)
      • RDF
      • Atom
    • Data Interchange
      • Syndication
  • Really Simple Syndication
    • Syndication is key element
    • It enables you -- your library -- to make your content available to anyone to use.
      • News
      • Events
      • Book lists
      • Study guides
      • Etc.
    • It puts you on par with the AP or Reuters
  • RSS is Everywhere
  • Where Does RSS Come From?
    • Automatically Generated
      • Weblog software (Movable Type, TypePad, Bloglines, Wordpress, etc.)
      • Content management systems (i.e., Wikis)
    • Using Perl, PHP, Ruby, etc.
      • Create feeds from database searches
    • By Hand
      • If you know HTML you can learn RSS
  • Finding Feeds
    • Look for icons on page
    • Look for icons in browser location bar
    • If you can find the link, you can use the content. Some conditions apply. See copyright holder for details.
  • Consuming RSS
    • All tools have common traits
      • Access RSS Feeds
      • Track what a user has already read
      • Reproduce feed content
      • Link to original source
  • Consuming RSS: Readers
    • PC-Based -- tied to a particular computer
    • Special Applications
      • FeedDemon
      • FeedReader
      • NetNewsWire
    • Web Browsers
      • Safari
      • IE7
      • Firefox
  • Consuming RSS: Aggregators
    • Web-based
    • Access anywhere
    • Examples
      • Yahoo!
      • Bloglines
      • Google Reader
    • Even read off-line
  • Consuming RSS: Integration
    • RSS is just a stream of information
    • Easy to integrate into a web page
    • Many tools have ‘hooks’ to hang RSS on:
      • Weblog software
      • Content magement
      • Wiki software, etc., etc., etc.
    • But if you’re using good ol’ HTML
      • Feed2JS
      • RSS2HTML
  • It’s This Easy
    • Go to http://feed2js.org
    • Click “Build”
    • Paste in a feed URL (www.loc.gov/rss/pao/news.xml)
    • Click “Generate JavaScript”
    • Copy 4 lines of HTML onto the page you want it to appear
  • Demonstration
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  • It’s Wednesday Afternoon. Do You Know Where Your Feeds Are? ??? Photo: Chris Moore (http://www.flickr.com/people/ckwmoore/)
  • What Libraries are Doing
    • Outward-facing
    • Information for patrons
    • Information for community
    • Information for selves
  • Create “Live” Subject Guides
    • del.icio.us lets you ‘tag’ web sites
    • Create an account for your library
    • Librarians (or patrons!) tag web pages that make sense
      • History
      • Events
      • People
    • As librarians find web sites that are interesting and fit a subject guide, tag them
  • Subscribe to RSS Feed
    • Every del.icio.us tag has an RSS Feed
    • Example: http://del.icio.us/rss/CityPublic_History
    • Put it in a ‘what’s new’ section on a subject guide -- with Feed2JS or other
  • del.icio.us result
  • New Book Lists
    • Many OPACs can provide RSS feeds
      • New books
      • Items on hold
      • Catalog searches
    • If your OPAC does not
      • Do it yourself
      • Talk to your vendor!
  • Cambridge (Ontario)
  • Books Checked Out
    • Your OPAC might do this on its own
    • But probably not
    • Try LibraryElf
      • 3rd party service
      • Works with some, but not all, vendors
      • Patron sets up, not you
      • Requires borrower info & potential privacy concerns -- but at patron discretion
      • No library intervention needed
  • LibraryElf
  • Ohio Patrons Are There
    • Akron-Summit County Public Library
    • Ashtabula County District Library
    • Bristol Public Library
    • Champaign County Library
    • Clark County Public Library
    • Clermont County Public Library
    • Columbus Metropolitan Library
    • Community Library
    • Cuyahoga County Public Library
    • Dayton Metro Library
    • Delaware County District Library
    • Franklin-Springboro Public Library
    • Geauga County Public Library
    • Girard Public Library
    • Grand Valley Library
    • Grandview Heights Public Library
    • Greene County Public Library
    • Harbor-Topky Memorial Library
    • Henderson Memorial Library
    • Hubbard Public Library
    • Kingsville Public Library
    • Kinsman Free Public Library
    • Lane Public Library
    • Lorain Public Library System
    • Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
    • Mary L Cook Public Library
    • McKinley Memorial Library
    • Mentor Public Library
    • New Carlisle Public Library
    • Newton Falls Public Library
    • Portage County District Library
    • Preble County District Library
    • Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
    • Rock Creek Public Library
    • Tipp City Public Library
    • Twinsburg Public Library
    • Upper Arlington Public Library
    • Washington-Centerville Public Library
    • Way Public Library
    • Westerville Public Library
    • Westlake Porter Public Library
    • Worch Memorial Public Library
    • Wright Memorial Public Library
  • Monitoring the Web
    • How do you know when a web page changes?
      • New journal issue?
      • New report from the county board?
    • Monitoring tools check sites for you
      • Google Alerts watches topics
      • Page2RSS watches pages
  • Page2RSS
    • Enter any web page URL
    • RSS feed is updated as the page changes
    • Page2RSS for the Library 2.0 links page
    • http://page2rss.com/page/rss?url=library.osu.edu/sites/Seminar2-0/links.php
    • Or simply http://tinyurl.com/ysx4kd
  • Page2RSS
  • Roll Your Own RSS
    • Several ways to get an RSS feed
      • Write one by hand
      • Set up a (free) blog
      • Write a script yourself (if you have a Perl/PHP/Ruby person)
      • Use a service like FeedXS
  • FeedXs
    • http://www.feedxs.com/
    • Create a feed
    • Add items to it
    • Put them here, there, or everywhere
    • http://kenvarnum.feedxs.com/Library20.rss
  • FeedXs Demo
  • Beyond the Basics
    • Mostly talked about existing services that you can leverage
    • Now turn to some more advanced topics
      • Search = Feed
      • Using RSS to get to your patrons where they “live”
  • Database Searching
    • Academic example: Faculty Publications
    • Homegrown database to collect info
    • You may have similar things you track
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  • Feed = Live Data
    • Every search has an RSS feed
    • User’s reader tracks what’s new
    • RSS puts content on other web pages via Feed2JS
  • Knox County (Tennessee)
  • Other Ways to Use RSS
    • RSS can put library materials in user’s lives
    • In academic library, course reserve lists
      • Course pages
      • Anywhere else
  • In a Public Library
    • Book lists for local organizations’ web sites
    • Resource lists (from catalog or other) for predictable school projects
    • Library news for local paper’s web site
  • Final Thoughts
    • RSS means simplicity of sharing content
    • Simple to create, simple to use
    • Great tool for putting your library “out there” where your patrons are
    • Flexible
    • Very low barrier to creation or consumption
  • Thank You
    • Contact Me
    • [email_address]
    • PowerPoint Slides
    • http://varnum.org/papers/basics-and-beyond.ppt
    • Weblog on RSS in Libraries
    • http://www.rss4lib.com/