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  • 1. RSS and Libraries Michelle Misner NYLA Conference October 19, 2007
  • 2. Contents
    • What is RSS?
    • What content is RSS-ified?
    • How are libraries using RSS?
    • Why should I subscribe to RSS feeds?
    • How do I subscribe to feeds?
    • How do I find feeds?
    • How do I search feeds?
  • 3. What is RSS?
    • Stands for “Really Simple Syndication”
    • Content from the Web which is parsed into an XML, RSS or RDF file
    • Can only be read with a news aggregator or news reader
    • Can’t be read in a browser on its own
    • Look for the orange XML button or the Firefox RSS icon
  • 4. Sample RSS code <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot; ?> <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title>New Databases at NYPL</title> <description>List of recent additions to the Databases and Indexes subscription and free databases at The New York Public Library</description> <copyright>Copyright The New York Public Library</copyright> <link></link> <image> <url></url> <title>The New York Public Library</title> <link></link> </image>
  • 5. RSS Examples
    • News Feed – NY Times http://
    • Blogs – Library blogs
    • Podcasting – WNYC http:// /
  • 6. RSS Examples II
    • Subscription Databases
    • E-Journals Table of Contents http://
    • Government Agencies
  • 7. RSS Examples III
    • Library of Congress http:// /
    • http://
    • RSS Feed for Search Terms http:// = SEARCH_PROC_UseRSStoSaveanMSNSearchQuery.htm
  • 8. How are libraries using RSS?
    • Promote Events, New Databases, Selected Internet Links
    • Small Business Feed from The New York Times http://
    • New York Times Book Reviews http:// /branch/books/
  • 9. Libraries and RSS
    • Catalog, Book Lists, Events http://
    • Research Guides Updates http:// /
    • Research Guides http://
  • 10. Why should I subscribe?
    • Browsing the Web is obsolete
    • Make the Web work for you by having the content come to you
    • Keep up-to-date in your areas of interest
    • Saves time checking sites for updates
    • Manage discussion lists: http:// =74
  • 11. How do I subscribe?
    • Find a News Reader and download the software OR use a Web-based News Reader
    • Set up a Bloglines account http:// /
    • Set up a My Yahoo! account
    • Add a Live Bookmark in the Firefox browser
  • 12. 3 Steps to Adding Feeds
    • Find the feed in your topic of interest
    • Click on the feed URL
    • Copy and paste the URL into your news reader
  • 13. How do I find feeds?
    • Syndic8
    • Blogstreet http://
    • News is Free http://
    • List of Directories http://
  • 14. How do I search feeds?
    • Feedster http://
    • Technorati http://
    • Blogdigger http://
    • List of Search Engines http://
  • 15. RSS Tutorials
    • RSS Video
    • Tufts University – Overview Tutorial
    • Bloglines for Librarians http://
  • 16. Resources
    • RSS 4 Libraries Blog
    • Bibliography re: blogging and RSS in Libraries http:// =93
    • RSS Compendium http://
  • 17. Thank You
    • Contact Information: Michelle Misner [email_address]