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    1. 1. RSS and Libraries Michelle Misner NYLA Conference October 19, 2007
    2. 2. Contents <ul><li>What is RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>What content is RSS-ified? </li></ul><ul><li>How are libraries using RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I subscribe to RSS feeds? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I subscribe to feeds? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I find feeds? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I search feeds? </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is RSS? <ul><li>Stands for “Really Simple Syndication” </li></ul><ul><li>Content from the Web which is parsed into an XML, RSS or RDF file </li></ul><ul><li>Can only be read with a news aggregator or news reader </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t be read in a browser on its own </li></ul><ul><li>Look for the orange XML button or the Firefox RSS icon </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sample RSS code <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot; ?> <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title>New Databases at NYPL</title> <description>List of recent additions to the Databases and Indexes subscription and free databases at The New York Public Library</description> <copyright>Copyright The New York Public Library</copyright> <link></link> <image> <url></url> <title>The New York Public Library</title> <link></link> </image>
    5. 5. RSS Examples <ul><li>News Feed – NY Times http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – Library blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting – WNYC http:// / </li></ul>
    6. 6. RSS Examples II <ul><li>Subscription Databases </li></ul><ul><li>E-Journals Table of Contents http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Government Agencies </li></ul>
    7. 7. RSS Examples III <ul><li>Library of Congress http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> http:// </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feed for Search Terms http:// = SEARCH_PROC_UseRSStoSaveanMSNSearchQuery.htm </li></ul>
    8. 8. How are libraries using RSS? <ul><li>Promote Events, New Databases, Selected Internet Links </li></ul><ul><li>Small Business Feed from The New York Times http:// </li></ul><ul><li>New York Times Book Reviews http:// /branch/books/ </li></ul>
    9. 9. Libraries and RSS <ul><li>Catalog, Book Lists, Events http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Research Guides Updates http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> Research Guides http:// </li></ul>
    10. 10. Why should I subscribe? <ul><li>Browsing the Web is obsolete </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Web work for you by having the content come to you </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up-to-date in your areas of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time checking sites for updates </li></ul><ul><li>Manage discussion lists: http:// =74 </li></ul>
    11. 11. How do I subscribe? <ul><li>Find a News Reader and download the software OR use a Web-based News Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a Bloglines account http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a My Yahoo! account </li></ul><ul><li>Add a Live Bookmark in the Firefox browser </li></ul>
    12. 12. 3 Steps to Adding Feeds <ul><li>Find the feed in your topic of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the feed URL </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and paste the URL into your news reader </li></ul>
    13. 13. How do I find feeds? <ul><li>Syndic8 </li></ul><ul><li>Blogstreet http:// </li></ul><ul><li>News is Free http:// </li></ul><ul><li>List of Directories http:// </li></ul>
    14. 14. How do I search feeds? <ul><li>Feedster http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Blogdigger http:// </li></ul><ul><li>List of Search Engines http:// </li></ul>
    15. 15. RSS Tutorials <ul><li>RSS Video </li></ul><ul><li>Tufts University – Overview Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines for Librarians http:// </li></ul>
    16. 16. Resources <ul><li>RSS 4 Libraries Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography re: blogging and RSS in Libraries http:// =93 </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Compendium http:// </li></ul>
    17. 17. Thank You <ul><li>Contact Information: Michelle Misner [email_address] </li></ul>