RSS Where have you been all my life

Last week I learned about RSS for the first time and must say I am hooked. I’d see the little orange boxes on webpages everywhere but had no idea what they were for. Since I didn’t know I assumed it must be for something too advanced for me to understand or use. Not so.

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is for everyone. Feeding new content from your favourite websites into a single location is a great way to keep up with what is going on in the information worlds you care about. Setting it up is easy and can help you and your patrons keep up with the latest in your library world.

This slide show by Sukhdev Singh made me so excited to get started using RSS for myself I want to share it with everyone.

While it’s not terribly difficult to set up or use, I imagine there are others out there who, like me, just didn’t know it was possible. I imagine now the difference that can be made in patron’s lives by sharing this simple way to get the information they know they want delivered right to them.  I am especially impressed by the ability to have specific database search queries fed or new articles in online journals. If academic librarians were able to show graduate students and faculty this it would be a simple but infinitely memorable way to serve that demographic.

The ability to have one blog post feed into many other social media such as twitter and facebook updates makes this technology a timesaver that is worth exploring.


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