Now that you've got a blog and have explored wikis, it's time to dive right in to some other cool Library 2.0 technologies. You’ve heard of RSS? You’ve seen those small funny tags on Web sites (like the orange icon to the right)? RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is a format for delivering regularly updated information over the Web. This means you don't have to go to each Web site that interests you every day in order to see if it's been updated.


Thanks to a special tool called a feed reader or newsreader, you can visit the information sources and Web pages that you like in just one place and all at the same time. This lesson focuses on learning about RSS news feeds and setting up an account at Bloglines (a free online newsreader) to bring your feeds together. NOTE: Bloglines is *not* another blog-creation site--you already have a blog if you are doing these lessons in order.



Discovery Resources




Examples of Libraries and Librarians Using RSS Feeds



Discovery Exercise


  1. Follow the discovery resources above to learn more about RSS and newsreaders.
  2. Create a free online Bloglines account for yourself and subscribe to some newsfeeds.  See Using Bloglines Tutorial steps 1-3 for instructions.  Some newsfeeds you might consider: 
  3. Explore some of the search tools noted below* that can help you locate some news feeds, or go to your favorite Web sites and blogs to see if RSS is offered. Add them if you like.
  4. Create a post in your blog about this exercise. Don't know what to blog about? Think about these questions: What do you like about RSS and newsreaders? How do you think you might be able to use this technology in your work or personal life? How can libraries use RSS or take advantage of this new technology? What kind of useful feeds did you find in your travels online? 
  5. In your blog entry, provide the URL address to your public bloglines account (hint: once you've logged in to Bloglines, you'll find your public link by clicking "Share your blogroll" under "Publish, Share & Save" in the righthand screen). Here is link to Terzah's public Bloglines account: Why have a public account? To share blog rolls with others, of course!


*Locating RSS Feeds:  

Other Search tools that can help you find feeds: 



Tracking Your Progress


Congratulations! You made it through the fourth BPL 2.0 exercise!  Don't forget to email with the URL for the permanent link to your blog post on RSS.