RSS in action – OLJ5

RSS User

I have used RSS feeds for a couple of years for my own information needs. I subscribe to blogs by some of my favourite authors and to online publications providing advice to writers and last year I added TL and other education blogs to my RSS feeds. My RSS subscription list has grown to 187 subscriptions through Google Reader so I find it invaluable to help me manage my access to these resources.

Information organisations using RSS

I examined the RSS use of two information-centred organisations:

SLNSW’s clients cover a broad section of the NSW community (including information professionals), whereas AWM Online’s clients are a niche group of Australian authors and aspiring writers. Both organisations, however, provide an information service to their clients and use RSS feeds to inform clients of these services. (Commendably, neither organisation relies soley on RSS to connect with their clients. Both also use blogs, Facebook and Twitter and in addition, SLNSW uses Flickr and Vimeo.)

Library Using RSS


SLNSW's blog about their Dixson map collection digitisation project

SLNSW uses RSS feeds to inform clients of new acquisitions as well as to access new online catalogue records for their e-records project. There are individual RSS feeds for new catalogue records across several subjects including Australian art and history, climate change, family history, law, management, and NSW State Government publications and to the Manuscripts, Oral History and Pictures catalogues. Subscribing to one of these catalogue RSS feeds gives direct access to the catalogue, thus allowing clients to obtain enough detail to request an interlibrary loan through their local library. Clients can also subscribe to one of the SLNSW’s specialised blogs (such as the Dixson map collection digitisation blog or to categories within those blogs (such as “preservation”).


Information Service Using RSS

“Speakeasy” is the blog of The Australian Writer’s Marketplace (AWM Online). AWM Online uses RSS feeds from this blog to provide its clients with information about Australian writing and publishing related news, events, products and writing markets.

Using RSS to enhance the meeting of information users’ needs

Some ways RSS can be used by libraries and information services are:

  • Draw attention to new acquisitions
  • Inform users of events
  • Inform users of general trends
  • Educate users about specific services provided by their organisation

About robynstlreflections

I never expected to become a teacher. After graduating from Sydney Univeristy with a BA (Hons), I worked for a couple of years before "going bush". When I started working as a governess I discovered that I enjoyed teaching, so studied for a Grad Dip Ed. After teaching in public schools in the Northern Territory for two years then in Queensland for 10 more, I moved back to NSW with my family in 2009. Now it's time for a change in direction. I've always enjoyed introducing my students discover the joys of literature and I'm excited by the educational possibilities developing in the digital world. So in 2010 I've begun studying by Distance Education for a Masters in Education in Teacher Librarianship with Charles Sturt University.
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