RSS Tutorial for Librarians and Information Professionals
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This presentation was compiled for the benefit of the staff of Dublin City Public Libraries and given at an Assembly meeting on the 26th October 2006

This presentation was compiled for the benefit of the staff of Dublin City Public Libraries and given at an Assembly meeting on the 26th October 2006

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RSS Tutorial for Librarians and Information Professionals RSS Tutorial for Librarians and Information Professionals Presentation Transcript

  • RSS • Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary • RSS is an xml-based format which allows web publishers to create and disseminate feeds of data, based on the content of their website. • RSS enables you to subscribe to a website using a tool called a news reader or aggregator • RSS feeds contain article headlines, links and descriptions. The feeds are updated as the website is updated. Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • RSS - Benefits • An easy way to receive automatic updates from your chosen websites and blogs. Instead of going to a website, the website will send you a message every time there is something new. • Notification of new content 'on your desktop' as it happens – automatic updates. • Lets you create content in one place and display it in other places. Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • Why bother with feeds? • Labour-saving, Time-saving, Convenience. • You want to stay current. • You want to be notified of updates from the many web sites that you read without visiting them one by one • You prefer to read your favourite websites from one convenient location without any interface clutter • No need to trawl (favourite) websites for new content / news items. • Librarians who strive to keep current with the latest news and trends in the field have started using feeds and readers to save time and organize materials.
  • Checking your favourite websites… …Library Journals Online Ariadne Library H-Tech Collection Building D-Lib Magazine Library Review Emerald Insight Library Journal New Library World Library Management Program Internet Research Reference Services Review www.xxxxxxx.com
  • PLUS… …Online Book Reviews Ariadne Library H-Tech Collection Building D-Lib Magazine NYT Book Review Library Review Emerald Insight Library Journal New Library World Library Management Guardian Unlimited Books Program Internet Research Telegraph Arts | Books Reference Services Review www.xxxxxxx.com
  • PLUS… …Online Newspapers Ariadne Ireland.com Library H-Tech Collection Building D-Lib Magazine NYT Book Review Library Review Emerald Insight Belfast Telegraph Irish Examiner Library Journal New Library World Library Management Guardian Unlimited Books Washington Post Program Internet Research Telegraph Arts | Books RTE News Reference Services Review www.xxxxxxx.com
  • PLUS… …Entertainment Ariadne Ireland.com Library H-Tech Collection Building Rolling Stone Album Reviews D-Lib Magazine NYT Book Review Library Review Emerald Insight Belfast Telegraph Irish Examiner Library Journal RTE Entertainment New Library World Library Management Guardian Unlimited Books Washington Post BBC Music – Latest Releases Program Internet Research Telegraph Arts | Books RTE News Reference Services Review www.xxxxxxx.com
  • PLUS… …Library Weblogs Ariadne Ireland.com The Dewey Blog Thoughts from a Library Administrator Library H-Tech Collection Building Rolling Stone Album Reviews D-Lib Magazine NYT Book Review Library Review The Shifted Librarian RFID in Libraries Emerald Insight Belfast Telegraph Irish Examiner Library Journal RTE Entertainment New Library World Library Management The Laughing Librarian Tame the Web Guardian Unlimited Books Washington Post BBC Music – Latest Releases Program Internet Research Telegraph Arts | Books Library Stuff RTE News Reference Services Review www.xxxxxxx.com
  • This is where RSS comes in! Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • Step-By-Step • Step 1: Use a News Aggregator A newsreader" or "aggregator" will fetch and organize recent content and provide simple ways to read it. • Step 2: Grab the feeds • Step 3: View the content Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • Readers • RSS reader = news reader = RSS aggregator = a program that can read RSS files • Standalone applications that run in the background on your desktop, automatically updating headlines regularly:- e.g FeedReader – FREE • Web-based RSS aggregation system:- e.g Bloglines.com - a web-based service means your favorite feeds will remain available when you change computers • Browsers with RSS capability:- Firefox 1.5, Opera, IE 7.0 Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • The icons to watch for… Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • Bloglines Web-based Reader http://www.bloglines.com/
  • Login
  • FeedReader Desktop Reader
  • Right-click… Subscribing to a feed
  • …and paste!
  • Browsers with RSS capability Firefox Browser
  • Firefox Browser
  • Firefox Browser
  • IE 7.0
  • IE 7
  • IE 7
  • IE 7
  • http://www.bloglines.com/public/dubcilib
  • Useful Resources • RSS For Non-Techie Librarians - http://www.llrx.com/features/rssforlibrarians.htm • Rich Site Services: Web Feeds for Extended Information and Library Services - http://www.llrx.com/features/richsite.htm • All about RSS - http://www.faganfinder.com/search/rss.shtml • LISFeeds.com - a web-based aggregator that scrapes feeds from librarian- oriented sites from around the world. A good place to find library-oriented feeds and a way to read a lot of sites in one place. • Bloglines.com is a free online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio. Bloglines tracks the information you're interested in, retrieves new stuff as it happens, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page. • NewsIsFree - an online news reader, RSS Directory and news search engine. - http://www.newsisfree.com • Technorati – Blog search engine - http://www.technorati.com/ Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
  • DCPL Library Matters http://www.bloglines.com/public/dubcilib Don’t forget to bookmark and put shorcut on your menubar!
  • RSS is colourful! Administrative Headquarters, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Ireland www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie