Future Tense(r): Libraries Get Hip to RSS

Gerry Mckiernan gerrymck at iastate.edu
Tue Feb 15 15:52:23 EST 2005


A *Great* Overiew of RSS/Web Feeds and Implications/Implementations
for/by Libraries

[  http://www.publicradio.org/columns/futuretense/2005/01/21.shtml ]



Gerry McKiernan
Hip Librarian 
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011

gerrymck at iastate.edu 

"Web Feeds: It's a Good Thing"

BTW: Don't Forget To Also Visit:

RSS(sm): Rich Site Services 
[http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/RSS.htm ]

RSS(sm) General Bibliography [
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/GenBib.htm ]

eFeeds(sm) [ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/eFeeds.htm ]
B-Feeds [ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/B-Feeds.htm ]



Rich Site Services: Web Feeds for Extended Information and Library
[ http://www.llrx.com/features/richsite.htm ]

January 21, 2005 
Libraries get hip to RSS

RSS, short for Really Simple Syndication, is an increasingly popular
way to view Web sites -- without having to go to the actual sites. 

Using software called an RSS "reader" or "aggregator," users subscribe
to "feeds" of content. For example, by subscribing to the Future Tense
RSS feed, you automatically receive the content of the Future Tense Web
site whenever it's updated, inside your RSS reader. 

Many major news sites have added RSS. 

Now, libraries are discovering that RSS might be a good way of
providing new services and reaching out to patrons.

Next month, the Seattle Public Library will offer feeds that will help
patrons stay on top of their accounts, and track favorite authors or
subjects from the library catalog.

And library technology vendor Sirsi has announced new RSS features.

[  http://www.publicradio.org/columns/futuretense/2005/01/21.shtml ]

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