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#4 – Setting Up an RSS Feed

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Time for.. Thing #4 – Setting up your RSS account. 

 a. Decide whether you want to use Google Reader (NB you will need a Google email account) or Bloglines.  If you need some help deciding between the two, take a look at this article.

Of course If you feel like exploring, and you have the time,  feel free to set up accounts on both sites, play around in them, get a feel for the interfaces, and decide for yourself!

 b.  Set up your account – following the guidelines, both are fairly simple to set up and use.

 c.  Add a few of your favourite websites, news sites and of course-  blogs to your account.  To get the most out of your reader, you need to add lots of feeds. Try to subscribe to 10 or more feeds in either Bloglines or Google Reader.

Of Course…… First of all you can add the 23Things blog so that you will know when new content is added!

 Heres how:  Copy this link to the blog : https://23thingsdevlibs.wordpress.com

If you’re using Bloglines: login to your account, click “Add” at the top-left of the screen, paste the link into the “Blog or Feed URL” box, and click “Subscribe”. The next screen will give you some options on where you’d like to save the feed (you can organize your feeds in folders), once you’ve made your choices, click “Subscribe” at the bottom of the page.

If you’re using Google Reader: login to your account, click “Add subscription” at the top-left of the page, paste the link into the input box that appears, and click “Add”.

 Next Step: Once you’ve subscribed to the devlibs feed, take a look at some of these sites and subscribe to their feeds as well. To find their feed addresses, you will have to visit the site and look for the RSS icon or an ‘RSS/Subscribe’ link. They’ll be there somewhere….

Guardian

The Times

 Final Step: Still looking for more feeds to subscribe to? Getting addicted? Go to some of the library news blogs listed below. Some of these links go straight to the RSS feed – for the rest you’ll have to find the feed yourself…. Subscribe to feeds from the list. Read them weekly until October Daily is better. Why? Because you only really understand RSS by using it regularly.

Library blogs to set up feeds to:

Librarian in Black: Sarah Houghton-Jan covers many of the important stories in the ‘biblioblogosphere’ (!) in short and snappy posts.
Phil Bradley’s weblog
: Phil is a professional librarian and his blog is very useful way to keep up with new Web 2.0 tools.
Stephen’s Lighthouse:
Stephen Abram blogs about future strategic developments in libraries.

.Information Wants to be Free: Meredith Farkas’s blog. Meredith has written a very useful book on the uses of social software in libraries.
UK WebFocus
: Brian Kelly’s blog. Brian is based at UKOLN and his blog focuses on all aspects of digital information management, but especially Web 2.0 developments.

Make sure to visit your aggregator at least a couple of times this week to check for new content in the feeds you’ve subscribed to! (you’ll be surprised at how addictive RSS feed-reading can become!) And don’t forget to blog about your experiences using these tools!

 Further Readings (entirely optional!)

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Finding and Sharing information

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Congratulations!  You’ve made it to Week 4!  How time flies….. 

Over the next couple of weeks you are going to be learning about RSS feeds and other news based websites and blogs.  These are particularly useful Web2.0 tools that can assist anyone who is interested in up to date information, which of course, means all of us in the “library business”

 If you have been following the 23 Things programme so far, you will already be using some powerful Web2.0 applications.  You have a blog, you can download photos and even change them around using online image generators. 

 The technological world is changing on almost a daily basis; new gadgets are being developed, mobile phones can now search the web for you, GPS systems are now sold as standard in new car models.   ipads, ebooks, notebooks, apps…the list goes on!!  This is an exciting time…but it can be difficult to keep up with all the new technological advances.

So,  the first activity this week is  on more familiar ground for most of us. 

 Activity 1. 

 Research and create a new technology related blogpost about something ( anything!) that interests you. Post it onto your blog so that all the 23 Things participants can share the information you have found.  Keeping others up to date can be an important element of blogging.

Where do you start?…..

Well there’s the BBC Technology site or Wired Magazine or  The Guardian

Does this new technology excite you?  Does it worry you maybe?  Do you have concerns about its use or can’t you wait to embrace it? 

In the next “thing” we are going to look at a way of keeping up to date with all the latest information.. RSS Feeds

Good hunting!

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