EEC Presentation: RSS in Libraries

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EEC Presentation: RSS in Libraries

  1. 1. RSS in Libraries Presented by Cathy Cranston, Shu Liu April 11, Morgan Library
  2. 2. Outline of the Presentation <ul><li>What is RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can I do with RSS? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS in the library world… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS at CSUL? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some “kick” (if time allows…) </li></ul><ul><li> Questions & Comments! </li></ul>
  3. 3. “Decipher” RSS -- <ul><li>Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91) </li></ul><ul><li>RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0) </li></ul><ul><li>Really/Real-time Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0) </li></ul><ul><li>-- Wikipedia </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>“ reversible” </li></ul>Web Content (news, events, project updates, new messages posted on discussion forums, blogs, etc. ) RSS Feed (Description/Summary) RSS Reader/ News Aggregator (a central, “organizable” location) User (Information Digester)
  5. 7. The URL is all you need from this page. Just copy’n’paste into your reader.
  6. 10. RSS = MARC ?? <ul><li>Grab content out of package </li></ul><ul><li>Link to original item </li></ul><ul><li>Describe, but more summarize  usu. title, link, description, author, pubDate, Permalink </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is for the machine to read and process…but… </li></ul><ul><li>User selects! </li></ul>
  7. 11. What can I do with RSS? <ul><li>Keep up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Save time (or waste time…depends how you look at it) </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise </li></ul>
  8. 12. RSS in the Library World <ul><li>“Pulling” information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using newsreaders to pull information into one place </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“Pushing” information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can advertise news, events, resources, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 13. RSS at CSUL? <ul><li>Scenario 1: </li></ul><ul><li>A library staffer wants to stay up to date on information going on in their area of library services. </li></ul>
  10. 14. Feeds and Feed Readers <ul><li>A “feed” is simply a way in which a reader may subscribe to website content, such as a blog or news site. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are a few examples of how syndicated content may be represented on a website: </li></ul><ul><li>A “feed reader” (a.k.a. aggregator or newsreader) helps manage and display this content </li></ul>
  11. 15. Some feed readers to try… <ul><li>My Yahoo! </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Newsisfree </li></ul><ul><li>Rojo </li></ul><ul><li>Reviews of Feed Readers </li></ul>
  12. 16. Pulling Information: Using a feed reader Want to try this? Go to my.yahoo.com Username: eecdemo Password: demoeec
  13. 17. RSS at CSUL? <ul><li>Scenario 2: </li></ul><ul><li>A library user wants to be regularly updated on news, services and updated resources in their academic area. </li></ul>
  14. 18. Pushing Information
  15. 19. Pushing Information
  16. 20. RSS at CSUL? <ul><li>Scenario 3: </li></ul><ul><li>A library user wants to be regularly updated on what new books are added to the library collection </li></ul>
  17. 21. Pushing Information
  18. 22. RSS at CSUL? <ul><li>Scenario 4: </li></ul><ul><li>A librarian wants to add dynamic content to his/her subject guide. </li></ul>
  19. 24. Some “Kick”
  20. 26. Major User Group?
  21. 27. Trivia…but not trivia… <ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>“One spot on the cougar” </li></ul><ul><li>“tag cloud” </li></ul><ul><li>Use of caution – technology is not for everybody! </li></ul>
  22. 28. “Fed up yet”? <ul><li>RSS for Lib: http://blogs.fletcher.tufts.edu/rss4lib/ </li></ul>
  23. 29. Do you have any questions?

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