Discovery 4 – RSS

June 3, 2009 at 9:05 am 3 comments

Feed-iconAt this stage of your learning journey, you may have found that you have quite a few websites and blogs to visit on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just go to one spot to read the latest news and blog postings? RSS can help!

Discover

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” It is a computer file format for delivering regularly updated information over the web.

Think about the websites, blogs and news sources you visit every day. It takes time to visit those sites and browse the pages for just the information you want to read. Imagine if you could visit all those information sources and web pages in just one place and all at the same time … without being bombarded with advertising… without having to search for new information on the page you’d already seen or read before… and without having to consume a lot of time visiting each site individually. Would that be valuable to you? Well, it’s available now through a newsreader and RSS.

Watch this video to get an overview of RSS:

Read:

To gather and read useful and interesting RSS feeds in one place, you will need a feed reader (also known as an aggregator).

Play

1) Set up a free account with a feed reader/news aggregator. Here are some choices:

Bloglines – simple but useful reader, ideal for beginners

Google Reader – also easy to use, has some more features than Bloglines

Netvibes – has a more graphical interface and tabbed pages so you can group feeds by topic

All of these sites do a similar thing (aggregate RSS feeds) but the look of each is different. Play with each one and choose the one you like the best.

Each of these tools have step-by-step instructions and help pages to get you started.

Bloglines Help

Google Reader Tour and Help pages

Netvibes Tour and Help pages

2) Subscribe to at least 10 blogs or news feeds. It is very easy to add feeds – check the Help pages of your selected reader for tips if you get stuck.

 Where and how to find blogs and feeds:

  • This blog! CityLibrariesLearning
  • Your fellow CityLibrariesLearning participants! You will want to add some of your fellow participants’ blogs to your account. This will help you keep up-to-date on what they have to say about CityLibrariesLearning, their discoveries, and comments.
  • Do a blog search in Google. This search limits results only to blog postings. This can lead you to bloggers talking about what you are interested in.
  • Libraries Interact – a collaborative blog written by a group of Australian library staff. This blog also has a list of individual Aussie library blogs
  • Unshelved – a daily Library cartoon
  • LIS News – articles about Libraries and information science from a variety of sources

 

Connect

Now write up your thoughts about RSS in a post on your own learning blog. Here are some tips to get you thinking:

  • What do you like about RSS and newsreaders?
  • How do you think you might be able to use this technology in your personal life?
  • How can libraries use RSS or take advantage of this new technology?
  • What tools or ways did you find to locate newsfeeds?
  • Find any great sources we should all add to our feed reader?
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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Keil  |  June 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

    How good is Unshelved?! Thank you for sharing that link with me :Þ

    Reply
  • 2. leftwinglibrarian  |  June 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Looking for some library-related blogs to subscribe to with your new news feed? Try here: http://lii.org/pub/subtopic/595

    Reply
  • 3. Natalie  |  October 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Yay! i finally know how rss works now and have two subscriptions on my account.

    Reply

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