Keeping Up!
Web Feeds for Information Literate Librarians

Lorie Kloda & Genevieve Gore
McGill Library
WILU 2007
Overview

• Brief intro to the workshop
• Intro to the world of feeds & feed readers
• Setting up and using a feed reader ...
History of this Workshop
Purpose
• To introduce library staff to web feeds for keeping
  current
• To solicit ideas on how...
Reflection Activity 1


  What are your objectives for
        this workshop?




           Keeping Up | WILU 2007
What are feeds?
  Online content that has been marked-up for simplifying
  current awareness

  RSS
• Rich Site Summary, r...
Blogs
What is a Blog?

• Web log = Blog

• A website powered by software that simplifies publishing,
  organizing, and syn...
Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Recognizing Feeds
What does RSS look like?

• Recognizable format
  (especially blogs and
  news)

• Presence of RSS /
  X...
What is a Podcast?
• An audio file (usually MP3) available via RSS

• Combines the terms iPod and broadcast, but can be
  ...
Why Should I Use RSS?




         Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Methods for Getting Feeds
1. Web-based

2. Desktop

3. Start page or portal

4. Built-in/add-in to browsers

5. Email-base...
Create a Bloglines Account

• Go to the Bloglines website
• Using an web-based email account, enter email
  address and pa...
Bloglines Notifier


• A little icon in your system tray
   – Lets you know when new items have been posted to
     the fe...
Tools for Adding Feeds to Bloglines



1)   Browser icon in URL bar: easiest
2)   Bookmarklet (req. install)
3)   Right-cl...
(2) Bookmarklet


• Lives on the Links bar
  of your browser

• A small JavaScript program that automates some
  repetitiv...
(3) Right-click Context Menu (IE)

• Subscribe using the right-
  click button on your mouse

• Requires installation




...
Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Subscribe to a Feed



    Find and subscribe to the
Information Literacy and Fluency
     feed from EDUCAUSE


          ...
Directories & Search Engines

• Directories offer subject or category browsing

• Search engines allow you to search using...
Find feeds using a directory

• Go to the directory LisZen

• Click on List of blogs

• Find e.g. InfoPill in the alphabet...
Journal Table of Contents (TOCs)
• Many journal publishers now offer table of
  contents alerts in RSS format

• Alternati...
Repository Contents
• Some institutional or subject repositories allow
  subscriptions using feed readers

• Rather than m...
Reflection Activity 2


    For what topics would
   you like to keep current?




          Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Creating Custom Feeds
LibWorm:
   – Go to LibWorm
   – Perform your search, subscribe to the feed


LISTA (Library, Inform...
RSS channels: Another feed type
• Available from Factiva, ProQuest, CanLII, some
  library catalogues




                ...
Organizing Your Feeds

• It is recommended to start with 10-15 feeds

• You can add more as you feel comfortable; sort
  i...
Sharing Your Feeds
What is a Blogroll?

• A list of the feeds that an individual subscribes to with
  their feed reader

•...
What Is an OPML File?
What is an OPML file?


• Outline Processor Markup Language

• XML format for outlines

• Used to ex...
Reflection Activity 3


   With whom would you like
        to share feeds?



          Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Reflection Activity 4


  What use(s) do you see for
  feeds/RSS in your library?



          Keeping Up | WILU 2007
Use of Feeds/RSS by Libraries
• SDI
  – Library catalogues, databases
• Dissemination of Library news, resources
• Syndica...
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Keeping Up! Web feeds for information literate librarians

  1. 1. Keeping Up! Web Feeds for Information Literate Librarians Lorie Kloda & Genevieve Gore McGill Library WILU 2007
  2. 2. Overview • Brief intro to the workshop • Intro to the world of feeds & feed readers • Setting up and using a feed reader account BREAK • Adding content to your feed reader • Customizing your account & sharing content • Using feeds in libraries Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  3. 3. History of this Workshop Purpose • To introduce library staff to web feeds for keeping current • To solicit ideas on how the library could utilize the technology to improve communication and service Attendance • 50 individuals over 6 workshops offered in Spring 2006 • Feedback received from only 17; generally positive Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  4. 4. Reflection Activity 1 What are your objectives for this workshop? Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  5. 5. What are feeds? Online content that has been marked-up for simplifying current awareness RSS • Rich Site Summary, renamed RDF Site Summary (RSS 1.0) • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0) • An XML application for publishing content on the web Atom • A competing protocol which offers an alternative to RSS for the same purpose Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  6. 6. Blogs What is a Blog? • Web log = Blog • A website powered by software that simplifies publishing, organizing, and syndicating web content • Online journals where individuals, or groups of individuals, or institutions may post information, links, or headlines Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  7. 7. Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  8. 8. Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  9. 9. Recognizing Feeds What does RSS look like? • Recognizable format (especially blogs and news) • Presence of RSS / XML / ATOM subscribe button(s) Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  10. 10. What is a Podcast? • An audio file (usually MP3) available via RSS • Combines the terms iPod and broadcast, but can be listened to using any device that can play audio content • In addition to general feed directories, there exist separate directories just for locating podcasts • Example: LibVibe Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  11. 11. Why Should I Use RSS? Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  12. 12. Methods for Getting Feeds 1. Web-based 2. Desktop 3. Start page or portal 4. Built-in/add-in to browsers 5. Email-based client 6. Subscribe using email Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  13. 13. Create a Bloglines Account • Go to the Bloglines website • Using an web-based email account, enter email address and password – Mark them down in the workbook for future reference • Enter correct time zone • Check your email for account confirmation Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  14. 14. Bloglines Notifier • A little icon in your system tray – Lets you know when new items have been posted to the feeds to which you subscribe – Easy way to access your Bloglines account – Good reminder to use Bloglines! • Instructions are in the workbook Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  15. 15. Tools for Adding Feeds to Bloglines 1) Browser icon in URL bar: easiest 2) Bookmarklet (req. install) 3) Right-click context menu (req. install) 4) Using your feed reader, e.g., Bloglines Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  16. 16. (2) Bookmarklet • Lives on the Links bar of your browser • A small JavaScript program that automates some repetitive tasks or adds new functionality to your browser • Doesn’t work well if you are trying to subscribe from the .xml, .rss page displaying the feed itself Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  17. 17. (3) Right-click Context Menu (IE) • Subscribe using the right- click button on your mouse • Requires installation Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  18. 18. Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  19. 19. Subscribe to a Feed Find and subscribe to the Information Literacy and Fluency feed from EDUCAUSE Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  20. 20. Directories & Search Engines • Directories offer subject or category browsing • Search engines allow you to search using keywords in the text of the blogs & feeds • Examples of general, library, and academic directories and search engines Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  21. 21. Find feeds using a directory • Go to the directory LisZen • Click on List of blogs • Find e.g. InfoPill in the alphabetical directory • Go to InfoPill and subscribe to the feed using any method that works for you Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  22. 22. Journal Table of Contents (TOCs) • Many journal publishers now offer table of contents alerts in RSS format • Alternative to emailed TOC alerts • Most links are available from the individual journal homepage, although some offer groups of journals as a single feed Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  23. 23. Repository Contents • Some institutional or subject repositories allow subscriptions using feed readers • Rather than monthly or quarterly updates as for TOCs, these alert you whenever new content is added • Some repositories allow you to create a customized feed by subject or author Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  24. 24. Reflection Activity 2 For what topics would you like to keep current? Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  25. 25. Creating Custom Feeds LibWorm: – Go to LibWorm – Perform your search, subscribe to the feed LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts): – Go to LISTA – Click on ‘New Features’, check off One Step Alerts – Perform your search and subscribe Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  26. 26. RSS channels: Another feed type • Available from Factiva, ProQuest, CanLII, some library catalogues Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  27. 27. Organizing Your Feeds • It is recommended to start with 10-15 feeds • You can add more as you feel comfortable; sort into folders for information management • Don’t forget to weed! Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  28. 28. Sharing Your Feeds What is a Blogroll? • A list of the feeds that an individual subscribes to with their feed reader • Like a list of “favourites” or “bookmarks” of feeds • In Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.com/public/[name of account] Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  29. 29. What Is an OPML File? What is an OPML file? • Outline Processor Markup Language • XML format for outlines • Used to exchange feed lists (or blogrolls) between feed readers, individuals Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  30. 30. Reflection Activity 3 With whom would you like to share feeds? Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  31. 31. Reflection Activity 4 What use(s) do you see for feeds/RSS in your library? Keeping Up | WILU 2007
  32. 32. Use of Feeds/RSS by Libraries • SDI – Library catalogues, databases • Dissemination of Library news, resources • Syndication of external feeds on library websites – CBC feed on University of Winnipeg website – Subject guides Staff use – knowledge management – current awareness Keeping Up | WILU 2007

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