RSS Feed Collection, Selection, & Creation for Health Liaison Librarians PF Anderson,  [email_address]
Disclaimer <ul><li>This is only one of several possible approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>It represents my personal thoughts a...
Overview <ul><li>Existing RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of feeds to expect to find and collect </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Existing RSS feeds <ul><li>Top journals </li></ul><ul><li>Journals of general interest </li></ul><ul><li>Grant agencies </...
Existing RSS feeds: Discovery <ul><li>Google search example http://tinyurl.com/577nas </li></ul><ul><li>RSS topic portals ...
Existing RSS feeds: Other Libraries <ul><li>Ebling Library: Journal Feeds (RSS) By Subject </li></ul>
Existing RSS feeds: Other Libraries <ul><li>Blogs or articles </li></ul>
Existing RSS feeds: Other <ul><li>Are there leading bloggers in that topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there leading researcher...
No feed? No problem! <ul><li>Page2RSS: http://page2rss.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Feed43: http://feed43.com/ </li></ul><ul><li...
Creating new content to feed your feed <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s-the-buzz highlighted articles </li></ul>...
Selection criteria <ul><li>The usual: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority / Cred...
Questions to ask <ul><li>How active is that feed? </li></ul><ul><li>How active do you want your stream to be? </li></ul><u...
Collecting your feeds <ul><li>How many streams fit nicely on a page? </li></ul><ul><li>Your target population </li></ul><u...
Have fun! <ul><li>More info: http://www.lib.umich.edu/help/rss </li></ul>
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RSS Feed Collection, Selection, & Creation for Health Liaison Librarians

  1. 1. RSS Feed Collection, Selection, & Creation for Health Liaison Librarians PF Anderson, [email_address]
  2. 2. Disclaimer <ul><li>This is only one of several possible approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>It represents my personal thoughts and strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>There are lots of other people who might have lots better ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>This was developed as a training tool and way to get started. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Existing RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of feeds to expect to find and collect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies to search and find </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating RSS feeds where none exist </li></ul><ul><li>Creating RSS content </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting your RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting your RSS feeds (splicing) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Existing RSS feeds <ul><li>Top journals </li></ul><ul><li>Journals of general interest </li></ul><ul><li>Grant agencies </li></ul><ul><li>News searches </li></ul><ul><li>Saved search updates </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Professional organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic reviews (Cochrane) </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional news / updates </li></ul><ul><li>Local publications from faculty/clinicians </li></ul><ul><li>Library hours </li></ul><ul><li>New books </li></ul><ul><li>Community photos or images </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul>
  5. 5. Existing RSS feeds: Discovery <ul><li>Google search example http://tinyurl.com/577nas </li></ul><ul><li>RSS topic portals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MedWorm: http://www.medworm.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS4Medics: http://www.rss4medics.com/directory.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndic8: http://www.syndic8.com </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Existing RSS feeds: Other Libraries <ul><li>Ebling Library: Journal Feeds (RSS) By Subject </li></ul>
  7. 7. Existing RSS feeds: Other Libraries <ul><li>Blogs or articles </li></ul>
  8. 8. Existing RSS feeds: Other <ul><li>Are there leading bloggers in that topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there leading researchers, and is there a feed or webpage that tracks their news? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a news source that already collates news for this topic? </li></ul>
  9. 9. No feed? No problem! <ul><li>Page2RSS: http://page2rss.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Feed43: http://feed43.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Feedity: http://www.feedity.com/ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Creating new content to feed your feed <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s-the-buzz highlighted articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most cited authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty publications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter (or other microblogging tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Class lists, New books </li></ul><ul><li>Web searches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom news search (Google) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyword searches (FyberSearch) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pubmed searches on hot topics </li></ul>
  11. 11. Selection criteria <ul><li>The usual: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority / Credibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Additional: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time-dependence (how critical is it?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Questions to ask <ul><li>How active is that feed? </li></ul><ul><li>How active do you want your stream to be? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the feed uniformly high quality? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the feed or stream need filtering? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FeedRinse: http://www.feedrinse.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do the feeds already feed into each other? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circular feeds can create … problems. Feedback loops can cause your stream to crash. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Collecting your feeds <ul><li>How many streams fit nicely on a page? </li></ul><ul><li>Your target population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How often are they likely to check? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much would be overwhelming? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are their top priorities? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cluster / organize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group feeds by theme or topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Splice your feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Pipes, FeedRinse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/6_ways_to_filter_your_rss_feeds.php </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Have fun! <ul><li>More info: http://www.lib.umich.edu/help/rss </li></ul>

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