Libraries and RSS

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a powerful tool. It aggregates information from all around the web so that you can read new information from your favorite sites in one place.

Libraries can utilize this tool to stay on top of current events and industry trends without having to waste time surfing around to different websites. It’s also an easy way to see how other libraries are utilizing web space without having to click through to several other sites.

Libraries can also create RSS feeds for patron use. Libraries can use an RSS feed to showcase new catalog acquisitions, to announce library events,or  to announce job openings. You can even tie an RSS feed to a specific library card account to list items that are checked out or overdue.

As information repositories, all libraries should be using this tool to gather and disseminate information.

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Posted on October 1, 2011, in LIBR 246 Web 2.0 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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