Libraries & Teaching at IUB

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

May Program

Today the Library Instruction Committee hosted the program “Using RSS to bring the world to your desktop” in Room e174 of the Wells Library. An estimated 37 people attended.

Presenters Frank Quinn and David Oldenkamp provided an overview of RSS and then introduced several applications designed to compile and manage RSS feeds, including the following aggregators or readers:
Using an RSS aggregator to find news/blogs and to subscribe to any subsequent updates from these sites is a time-saver and helps one stay organized and informed.

Many online resources, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, provide RSS feeds on their web sites. Information collected through the "saved search" feature in EBSCO databases are also available as RSS. The IU Libraries' new titles lists have RSS feeds!

The presenters advocate using RSS feeds to keep abreast of new developments in academia, in the world of library and information science, and in areas of personal and professional interest.

RSS feeds can also be used by libraries to notify users of library workshops, library news, and relevant events. Some subject web pages on the IU Libraries site use RSS, as does the Information Commons homepage.

Directions for incorporating RSS into web pages can be found in the Content Manager.

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