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  • Allows users to subscribe to sites with continually updated content Blog posts Podcast episodes News headlines Etc.
  • Choose a feed reader -- handout with comparison chart Set up an account -- handouts w/ step by step process; time permitting we’ll practice Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest -- time permitting we’ll practice
  • Bloglines Can change your username at any time Validate setup, new e-mail address or passwords Google Reader Email addy you set up = username Validate setup, new e-mail addy or password
  • Set up an account -- handouts w/ step by step process; time permitting we’ll practice
  • Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest -- time permitting we’ll practice
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    • 1. Keeping up with the Blogs Anna Van Scoyoc Hopewell Branch, MCLS [email_address]
    • 2. This Evening’s Agenda
      • Defining/Identifying Blogs
      • Looking at Examples of Blogs
        • News
        • Subject
        • Fun
        • MCL-Related
      • Locating Blogs of Interest
    • 3. This Evening’s Agenda (cont’d)
      • Defining RSS
      • Locating/Identifying RSS
      • Getting Started
        • Choose a News/Feed Reader
        • Set up an Account
        • Locate, Subscribe, and Organize Feeds
    • 4. Defining/Identifying Blogs
      • Web + Log = Weblog [Blog for short]
      • Type of website
      • Continually updated with new entries/posts
      • Self-archive their entries/posts
    • 5. Defining/Identifying Blogs (cont’d)
      • Blogs tend to:
        • Be organized in reverse chronological order;
        • Allow comments from readers; and
        • Provide commentary
          • Specific subjects
          • Personal thoughts [e.g., online diary]
          • News-related
    • 6. Blogs Explained (in under 3 minutes) Blogs in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
    • 7. Looking at Examples of Blogs
      • News (via NYT)
        • http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/
      • Subject (Food)
        • http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/
      • Fun (Photo)
        • http://www.cuteoverload.com/
    • 8. MCL-Related Blogs
    • 9. Locating Blogs of Interest
      • Google Blog Search
        • http://blogsearch.google.com/
      • Technorati
        • http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/
    • 10. Defining/Identifying RSS
      • RSS =
        • R eally S imply S yndication; or
        • R ich S ite S ummary
      • Allows users to subscribe to sites with continually updated content
    • 11. Defining/Identifying RSS (cont’d) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-icon-collection
    • 12. RSS Explained (in 3 minutes) RSS in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
    • 13. MCL-Related Blogs
    • 14. Getting Started
      • Choose a feed reader
      • Set up an account
      • Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest
    • 15. Choose a News/Feed Reader
      • Desktop
      • Online
        • Bloglines
          • http://www. bloglines .com/
        • Google Reader
          • http://reader. google .com/
      • Note: See http://bit.ly/dwXnN for more criteria re: Desktop vs. Online
    • 16. Set up an Account
      • Step-by-Step Handouts
        • Bloglines
        • Google Reader
      • Demo/Hands-On
    • 17. Locate, Subscribe, Organize
      • Demo w/ MCL Blog
      • Hands-On

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