Developing an RSS-Based Current Awareness Service


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Poster about Ebling Library's creation of RSS tools and services for current awareness. Presented at the Medical Library Association's 2008 Annual Meeting.

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Developing an RSS-Based Current Awareness Service

  1. 1. Developing an RSS Current Awareness Service Allan R. Barclay, AHIP, Information Architecture Librarian; Rebecca J. Holz, Information Architecture Librarian; Christopher Hooper-Lane, AHIP, Instructional Services Coordinator; Stephen M. Johnson, Health Sciences Librarian; Andrew Osmond, Electronic Resources and Cataloging Coordinator; Erika Sevetson, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Abstract Red Line - News Orange Line - SDI Map Legend Increasingly, journal vendors are making content Routes Blue Line - E-journals Green Line - Blogs available via RSS feeds, but barriers still exist between the user and the content. Inspired by the Yellow Line - The Future (mobile, à la carte bundles, etc.) RSS Feed FeedNavigator, a project of the National Library of Health Sciences-Terkko, we set out to develop a tool OPML Bundle that would allow our patrons to easily locate and subscribe to journal feeds. Using a blog and a wiki for staff communication and project management respectively, we created tools that allowed the 6 members of our group to quickly capture and classify New England Journal feeds for over 1,900 journals. Journal feeds are now of Medicine available from our site, individually and in bundled, exportable packages (OPML files). Users can locate Journal of the American feeds alphabetically or by subject and can preview Feed Readers Medical Association tables of contents before subscribing to a feed. Comprehensive bundles of feeds are offered along BioMed Central with select bundles of quot;best betsquot; titles. Sage Browsers & Email Project Outline Reuters Phase 1 National Institutes of Health • Complete assignment of journal titles to categories. Associated Press • Develop browser-friendly format for the title list. • Release a browsing categories page. • Complete the revision of our “RSS Info” page. • Develop end-user instructional materials. David Phase 2 Bioblogs • Develop “core titles” packages based on journal usage, clinical usefulness, and WebMD liaison librarian collaboration. • Train library staff on using feed readers and bundled packages. • Develop complementary instruction for web PubMed delivery. Phase 3 Cochrane Collaboration • Develop shopping cart type application to OVID allow easily created customized feed collections. Phase 4 The route to current awareness for healthcare professionals has only gotten more convoluted in the dispersed digital environment. iPhones • Develop instructional and promotional plans to include staff and user training, The identification, location, and management of new journal articles can frustrate and overwhelm even the savviest users. educational scripts, classes, and handouts, Consequently, many users have given up on current awareness. Librarians at the Ebling Library recognized the need to identify, BlackBerries as well as strategies to present and collect, and manage new journal articles for scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Our goal was to develop and promote new routes to current awareness by developing a service for users that would save time, minimize effort, ensure quality, and allow customization. encourage use among library users. à la carte OPML Bundles Library website: • Project website: