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