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    • RSS and Blogs For Libraries John J Meier Science Librarian Pennsylvania State University
    • Not another new technology!
      • There are many new technology solutions available with different functions
      • Don’t let technology drive your workflow – Find a solution that fits your library
    • What does a blog look like?
    • What does a blog look like?
    • What does a blog look like?
    • What does a blog look like?
    • What does a blog look like?
      • Professional Communication
      • Library News
      • Portfolio / Resume
      • New Book Announcements
      • Frequently Asked Reference Questions
      • Staff News and Announcements
    • What are Blogs?
      • Blogs (short form of web-logs) are a method for easily publishing information to the web
        • Usually composed of entries that go in reverse chronological order
        • Can allow multiple authors for entries
        • Can allow anyone to comment on the entries, creating a conversation
    • What are Blogs?
      • Blogs (short form of web-logs) are a method for easily publishing information to the web
        • Usually composed of entries that go in reverse chronological order
        • Can allow multiple authors for entries
        • Can allow anyone to comment on the entries, creating a conversation
      • Can publish as RSS
    • What is RSS?
      • Really Simple Syndication
      • Rich Site Summary
      • Uses XML formating
    • What is RSS?
      • Really Simple Syndication
      • Rich Site Summary
      • Uses XML Formatting
      • Re-use Same Stuff
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    • Combine the benefits of RSS and blogs
      • Use blogs to easily and quickly write news and information for users and co-workers
      • Use RSS to publish blog entries and other news on multiple web pages and in email
      • More information that is updated frequently for less effort and staff time
    • Strategies for using blogs and RSS
      • Bring it together (Aggregating)
      • Put it on your website
      • Ease the transition to RSS
      • Examples
        • Dust off the Frequent Reference Question blog
        • What they want – new book announcements
        • Eye popping – using RSS in live displays
    • Combine multiple feeds into one
      • Strategies
      • Publish information you create in blogs
      • Publish information from news sources
      • Select from multiple sources
      • Advantages
      • Reduce work by reusing what exists
      • Selecting information rather than creating
      • Be a filter to the information overload
    • Useful Feed Aggregators for Combining Multiple Feeds
      • Google Reader
        • Tag RSS feeds and Share as an Atom feed
      • Bloglines
        • Create a feed of selected entries using “Clip Blog”
      • Feedjumbler
        • Merge/splice several RSS or Atom-based feeds into one combined RSS and/or Atom feed
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    • Penn State Aggregated Blogs
    • RSS on your website
      • XML is just HTML without the formatting, so you can add it to your website
        • Use CSS to add “style” to the appearance
      • For those without XML/CSS expertise
        • Feed2js.org creates java script code to embed any RSS feed in your website
        • Other websites can be used to create “tickers” or other formatting for your RSS feeds
    • Transition from email to blogs
      • Email may be the traditional form of communication to staff or users
      • For blogs
        • Send out an email with the headline of each new entry and a link to blog for reading it (some blog platforms can do this for you)
        • When the RSS feed from the blog is used on the web it will lead readers back to the blog
    • Transition from email to RSS
      • RMail and RSSFwd are two examples of many services that can put feeds in the inbox
      • Methods for moving to RSS
        • Introduce a RSS reader for everyone to use
        • Find a reader that is built into a browser, your email program, or an online account
    • Examples
      • Firefox – you can bookmark RSS feeds
        • You can also install an RSS ticker in the browser
      • Thunderbird – you can set up an inbox for all your RSS and news feeds
      • Google Reader – if your staff or users have a Google account, it is very easy to add RSS feeds to Reader and place in the iGoogle homepage
    • More examples (to avoid lawsuits)
      • Other browsers
        • Internet Explorer
      • Other email clients
        • Eudora
      • Other websites
        • My Yahoo
        • Feedburner
    • What does a blog look like?
      • Professional Communication
      • Library News
      • Portfolio / Resume
      • New Book Announcements
      • Frequently Asked Reference Questions
      • Staff News and Announcements
    • Reference Desk Blog
      • Early staff use of a blog platform
        • Transition from paper notebook
        • Hard to get staff to use consistently
    • Reference Desk Blog
      • Early staff use of a blog platform
        • Transition from paper notebook
        • Hard to get staff to use consistently
      • Tips to make it work
        • Integrate into a system that is already in use, like iGoogle
        • Make it a public page as well, this could serve as a Frequently Asked Questions page
    • New Books Blog
      • Use the Catalog
        • Many library catalogs that supported email alerts offer the same as RSS
        • May or may not support images
      • Do it yourself
        • Only blog highlights or the most popular titles
        • You have more control over how much content there is, but it’s a lot more work
    • New Books Feeds
      • There are also many library services on the web that offer RSS and javascript updates including images
        • LibraryThing
        • GoodReads
        • Shelfari
      • Some are only free to small libraries or personal collections
    • Small organizations and libraries can use LibraryThing to as a catalog for their collection.
    • You can be a goodreads “Librarian” if you have over 50 books in your profile (cheaper than a MLS)
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    • Actively feed to a Powerpoint presentation
      • Requires purchase of software
        • Presentation Point add-on for Microsoft Powerpoint
      • Allows the updating of a file during real time
        • You can display streaming database information
        • Has additional Datapoint and Newspoint functions to show SQL data and RSS feeds
    • Example: Plasma Screen Displays including RSS Content
      • Static content
        • Information about the library
        • Pictures of library staff
      • Database driven
        • Library instruction class times of the day
      • RSS Feed driven
        • News feeds via third party software
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