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Blogging, RSS Feeds and Podcasting for Libraries
audio recording of the presentation at Ultimo
is now available. Unfortunately my recorder only had enough memory to record one hour, which covered the first two topics - blogging and RSS feeds. It cut out exactly at the point where I started the last (and my favourite) topic - podcasting! :-(
What is a Blog (or Weblog)?
A frequently updated website with posts that are date-stamped, displayed in reverse chronological order, and automatically archived.
Easily updated using any web browser connected to the Internet. No HTML required.
Like an online journal or newsletter, consisting of personal thoughts & commentary as well as links to articles and websites.
Most blogs allow readers to leave comments on posts.
Blogs can be authored by an individual or by multiple authors.
Examples of Blogs
Where is Raed?
Best of the Blogs
The New Tanuki
Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things
Weblogg-ed - The Read/Write Web in the Classroom
Bogbumper - Birdwatching
So what can I do?
Guardian Unlimited’s Weblog Guide: Subject-specific Weblogs
Blog Search Engine
Yahoo! Directory - Weblog Directories
Setting up a Blog
Easily set up your own blog in minutes at
Blogs about Libraries & Librarianship (and usually Technology)
The Shifted Librarian
Learning, Knowledge & Technology
Google Directory - Library and Information Science > Weblogs
Libraries with Blogs
blogwithoutalibrary.net - blogging libraries
Google Directory - Library and Information Science > Weblogs > Organizational Weblogs
need2know - Current information for staff of the Business Information Desk, RMIT University Library
James Cook University - Library & Computing News
Australian College of Natural Medicine Library
What is RSS?
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.
RSS is a method for distributing and syndicating content from websites, news sources and blogs.
RSS feeds (aka web feeds) are written in XML - eXtensible Markup Language. (HTML is the language that web pages are written in.)
An RSS feed is a file that has a title, description, and link to each item.
Atom and RDF are alternative syndication protocols.
Syndication - displaying RSS feeds on your own website. Many news sources allow syndication for non-commercial use.
More about RSS
All About RSS || Fagan Finder
What is a News Reader (aka RSS Aggregator or Feed Reader)?
A news reader is a tool for aggregating RSS feeds from multiple sources and displaying them in one place.
News aggregator - Wikipedia
Stand-alone Desktop Programs - e.g.
, more -
List of news aggregators - Wikipedia
Browser Plug-ins - e.g.
Pluck for Internet Explorer
Email Program Plug-ins - e.g.
Web-based - e.g.
Pluck Web Edition
Types of RSS Feeds
News sources - e.g.
Sydney Morning Herald
Amazon.com Syndicated Content
Lockergnome's Amazon RSS Feed Generator
BookWatch's Amazon RSS Feed-Builder
Custom eBay Searches Delivered by RSS
TV Guides - e.g.
ABC TV guide via RSS
Jobsearch - e.g.
RSS Australian Job Search Feeds from Positions VACANT
Yahoo! RSS Feeds
Social bookmarks -
Find photos -
Things you can do with RSS
Finding RSS Feeds
Feedster - RSS Search
Blogdigger : RSS/Atom Search Engine
Daypop - a current events/weblog/news search engine
BlogStreet : Blog Profiles, RSS Ecosystem, Blog Tops, Search and Directory
PubSub matching service
How are Libraries using RSS feeds?
RSS Feeds From Kelvin Smith Library
Kenton County Public Library - Newly Acquired/Ordered Materials
Hennepin County Library customized Events & Classes
University of Oklahoma Libraries - New Book Feeds
ANU Library New Books RSS
Parliament of Australia Library Web Site Publications
Librarians' Index to the Internet
Bloglines example -
tmvogel's webfeeds relevant to science librarians
More on How Libraries are Using (and Should be using) RSS Feeds
tonneten library :: syndication
- tonneten.net presents ideas for using RSS (& Atom etc.) and reader services in libraries.
What is Podcasting?
Podcasting is a way of publishing audio files to the Internet which allows listeners to subscribe to an RSS feed and receive new audio files automatically. The files are downloaded using "podcatching" software which can save them onto the listener's computer or transfer them to the listener's portable music player - such as an iPod.
Podcasting allows you to listen to audio content at a time and place of your choosing (commuting, jogging, gym, cleaning, beach). Puts the listener in control. Radio-on-demand. Time-shifted radio.
Primetime Podcast Receiver
Types of Podcasts
Home-grown radio shows - news & current affairs, talk shows, music, passions, reviews (e.g.
Reel Reviews Radio
Distribution of creative works - bands, musicians, comedians, novels etc.
Storytelling, radio plays & audio books
Sermons, speeches, debates or conference sessions
“Sound-seeing” or “sound-scene” tours
Educational Uses of Podcasts
Instructional training materials for the workplace
Interviews with experts or industry figures
Languages - foreign languages, ESOL/ESL
Learner-created radio programs (e.g.
M&M Online Magazine
Articles about Podcasting
Duke to Continue to Utilize iPods for Educational Use
Drexel gives out iPods to education students
Wired News: Library Shuffles Its Collection
Podcast Novel Collects Over 5,500 Readers, and Counting
Podcasting in Libraries
Audio Books - e.g.
Califa Digital Book Download Center
Listen Up! from the Decatur Campus Library
Libraries Doing Cool Things with iPods
How to Create a Podcast
Record audio as an MP3 file using a computer with sound recording software (
) or recording MP3 player.
Upload MP3 file to blog.
Create RSS feed for podcast (e.g. using
This presentation used ideas from the following presentations:
Steven M. Cohen's
Staying Ahead of Your Patrons With Weblogs and RSS
Staying Current Using Blogs and RSS
Amanda Etches-Johnson's excellent
blogs, blogging, bloggers: what's it all about and why all the fuss?
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