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Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian and Educator 2.0 - RSS Feeds

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Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian and Educator 2.0 - RSS Feeds

  1. 1. Kent State University SLIS, July 9-10, 2010 Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian and Educator 2.0 RSS FEEDS
  2. 2. Instructor: Brian C. Gray <ul><li>Head of Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian: Engineering, Mathematics, & Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University </li></ul><ul><li>Work email: bcg8@case.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Work phone: 216-368-8685 </li></ul><ul><li>IM: AIM - kslbcg8 </li></ul><ul><li>ICQ - 499284601 </li></ul><ul><li>Google Chat - kslbcg8@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>MSN - bcg8@case.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo - kslbcg8 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting to Know RSS <ul><li>What is RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Using RSS </li></ul><ul><li>How to Read & Use RSS </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Readers </li></ul><ul><li>What is OPML? </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries and RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Lets Play </li></ul>
  4. 4. Video: RSS in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english
  5. 5. Do you recognize RSS?
  6. 6. What is RSS? <ul><li>R eally S imple S yndication </li></ul><ul><li>R ich S ite S ummary </li></ul><ul><li>R DF S ite S ummary </li></ul><ul><li>User-initiated subscriptions that provide updates, news headlines, or other content directly to the user for browsing at their convenience. </li></ul>
  7. 7. RSS Family Tree <ul><li>Recognized by various terminology: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XML, ATOM, RSS feed, RSS channel, RSS stream, syndicated feed, & webfeed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Several versions are used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, Atom </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits of Using RSS <ul><li>Receive updates without visiting each web site </li></ul><ul><li>Can monitor large number of sites very effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Short summaries or “table of contents” </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative to email notifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce spam building opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce “out of office” messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No rejection of messages by email filters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not “tracked” like an email subscription </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Blogs vs. RSS – NOT the Same <ul><li>Blog or weblog is a web site that contains relatively short entries, usually in chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>A blog can “generate” RSS feeds, depending on the blogging software </li></ul><ul><li>Content versus Delivery </li></ul>
  10. 10. RSS Uses <ul><li>Blog entries </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Library Circulation Records </li></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Any data that is constantly updated or added to </li></ul><ul><li>What can you think of? </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do I access RSS? <ul><li>RSS readers, feed readers, feed aggregators or news readers </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop, Web Based, Built-in, or Email Based </li></ul>
  12. 12. Desktop <ul><li>Requires installation on computer </li></ul>
  13. 13. Built-in Aggregators <ul><li>Web browsers, plug-ins, etc. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Email Based Aggregators <ul><li>Microsoft Outlook </li></ul>
  15. 15. Web Based Access
  16. 16. RSS Changing Our Patrons <ul><li>Moving away from email & listservs </li></ul><ul><li>Current Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pull” rather than “Push” </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing everything </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy? </li></ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><li>My thought: A few years ago people would say “If not on the Internet, it is not legitimate” Is RSS the next thing patrons use to judge the value and currency of products & services? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sharing with OPML <ul><li>OPML - Outline Processor Markup Language </li></ul><ul><li>A collection of RSS feeds can be shared by an OPML file and imported by others into their RSS readers/aggregators </li></ul><ul><li>Great way to create reading or additional resource lists for a class or organization </li></ul>
  18. 18. Other Websites <ul><li>RSS Integration: </li></ul><ul><li>MyYahoo </li></ul><ul><li>Google Personalized Homepage </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks </li></ul>
  19. 19. Examples of Sites with Feeds <ul><li>ESPN </li></ul><ul><li>Plain Dealer Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical Abstract Service </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE Journals </li></ul><ul><li>OhioLINK EJC </li></ul>
  20. 20. My Library Offers RSS Feeds <ul><li>http://library.case.edu/ksl/rss/ </li></ul>
  21. 21. RSS in Databases & Publisher Websites <ul><li>Create a RSS alert directly from a result lists, a search history, or a publication’s table of contents. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Another Trick to Finding RSS <ul><li>Add “RSS” to your search engine searches. </li></ul>
  23. 25. More Information <ul><li>See more examples & tools at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.squidoo.com/library2point0/ </li></ul>

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