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  • RSS Feed Collection, Selection, & Creation for Health Liaison Librarians PF Anderson, [email_address]
  • Disclaimer
    • This is only one of several possible approaches.
    • It represents my personal thoughts and strategies.
    • There are lots of other people who might have lots better ideas.
    • This was developed as a training tool and way to get started.
  • Overview
    • Existing RSS Feeds
      • Types of feeds to expect to find and collect
      • Strategies to search and find
    • Creating RSS feeds where none exist
    • Creating RSS content
    • Selecting your RSS feeds
    • Collecting your RSS feeds (splicing)
  • Existing RSS feeds
    • Top journals
    • Journals of general interest
    • Grant agencies
    • News searches
    • Saved search updates
    • Clinical guidelines
    • Professional organizations
    • Systematic reviews (Cochrane)
    • Institutional news / updates
    • Local publications from faculty/clinicians
    • Library hours
    • New books
    • Community photos or images
    • Videos
  • Existing RSS feeds: Discovery
    • Google search example http://tinyurl.com/577nas
    • RSS topic portals
      • MedWorm: http://www.medworm.com/
      • RSS4Medics: http://www.rss4medics.com/directory.html
      • Syndic8: http://www.syndic8.com
  • Existing RSS feeds: Other Libraries
    • Ebling Library: Journal Feeds (RSS) By Subject
  • Existing RSS feeds: Other Libraries
    • Blogs or articles
  • Existing RSS feeds: Other
    • Are there leading bloggers in that topic?
    • Are there leading researchers, and is there a feed or webpage that tracks their news?
    • Is there a news source that already collates news for this topic?
  • No feed? No problem!
    • Page2RSS: http://page2rss.com/
    • Feed43: http://feed43.com/
    • Feedity: http://www.feedity.com/
  • Creating new content to feed your feed
    • Blogs
      • What’s-the-buzz highlighted articles
      • Most cited authors
      • Faculty publications
    • Twitter (or other microblogging tool)
    • Class lists, New books
    • Web searches
      • Custom news search (Google)
      • Keyword searches (FyberSearch)
    • Pubmed searches on hot topics
  • Selection criteria
    • The usual:
      • Quality of content
      • Authority / Credibility
      • Currency
    • Additional:
      • Time-dependence (how critical is it?)
      • Accessibility
        • IE. You might include a lesser known journal if it is good and has a readily available feed when the higher quality journal does not have a feed.
  • Questions to ask
    • How active is that feed?
    • How active do you want your stream to be?
    • Is the feed uniformly high quality?
    • Does the feed or stream need filtering?
      • FeedRinse: http://www.feedrinse.com/
    • Do the feeds already feed into each other?
      • Circular feeds can create … problems. Feedback loops can cause your stream to crash.
  • Collecting your feeds
    • How many streams fit nicely on a page?
    • Your target population
      • How often are they likely to check?
      • How much would be overwhelming?
      • What are their top priorities?
    • Cluster / organize
      • Group feeds by theme or topic
    • Splice your feeds
      • Yahoo Pipes, FeedRinse
      • More: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/6_ways_to_filter_your_rss_feeds.php
  • Have fun!
    • More info: http://www.lib.umich.edu/help/rss