Blogging and Beyond

:
New Communication Streams for Tech. Services Librarians

AALL Annual Meeting, TS-SIS program July 15, 2007
Presented by Bonnie Shucha, Univ. of WI Law Library

Blog Features
On Right: Brief informational posts in reverse chronological order

http://www.law.wisc.edu/blogs/wisblawg/

Blawg= Law-related blog

On Left: Archives of previously posted content; categories; subscription options (appear below)

The Blogosphere
• There are 70 Million+ blogs • Blogosphere doubles every 10 months • On average, there are 15-17 blog posts per second
As of April 2007 from: Sifry’s Alerts http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000493.html

Why Care About Blogs?
• Current Awareness • Benchmarking & Networking

Finding Blogs – Technical Services
• TS-SIS Blog - http://tssis.blogspot.com/ • Blog About Technical Services http://blogs.minitex.umn.edu/bats/

• Catalogablog http://www.catalogablog.blogspot.com/

Finding Blogs – Technical Services
• FRBR Blog - http://www.frbr.org/ • It's All Good (OCLC staff) http://scanblog.blogspot.com/

• Legal Periodicals http://bloggery.wlu.edu/lawrevs/

Finding Blogs – Law Library
• Law Library Blogs http://library.law.wisc.edu/wisblawg/ blogslistpublic.htm

• Law Library Buzz http://www.personalbee.com/1527

Finding Blogs – Law
• Blawg: Law & Legal Related Weblogs http://www.blawg.org/

• Justia BlawgSearch http://blawgsearch.justia.com/

Finding Blogs - General
• Google Blog Search http://blogsearch.google.com/

• Feedster - http://feedfinder.feedster.com/

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RSS Makes the Internet Subscribe-able

RSS feed (information)

RSS Reader (reader)

Interpreted by

Outlook with Newsgator
• Newsgator Add-on to Outlook
– RSS posts are displayed just like a normal email message

• Purchase for $30 at

http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/ NewsGatorInbox/

Outlook with Newsgator

Bloglines
• Free Web-based RSS reader • Use to read:
– RSS feeds – Email Listservs!

• Subscribe at http://www.bloglines.com/

Tutorial movie (UC Berkeley Library): http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/rss.html

RSS Feeds

Posts

Headline/link Summary

Author

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Add a Feed
• Look for or button on a web site to get URL for RSS feed • In Bloglines, click “Add” at top of right frame

Save Posts

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Add Email Subscriptions
• First, click “Create Email Subscriptions” in “Extras” section at the bottom of the directory on the left

Add Email Subscriptions
• Next, complete this form at the bottom of the page to create an email address

Add Email Subscriptions
• Finally, subscribe to listserv or newsletter using your new Bloglines email address
– Click on the “send email” link to send a message from this address – Subscribe following listserv/newsletter instructions
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RSS to Email
FeedBlitz - http://www.feedblitz.com/

Advantages of RSS
• One-stop shopping • Automatic • More content • Faster than email

Advantages of RSS
• No need to delete • Reduces spam • Reduces email • Multiple delivery options

Disadvantages of RSS
• Lack of context • Content not automatically saved • Potential for exploitation

RSS Feeds
• Library OPAC Recent Acquisitions – Wayne State -

http://www.lib.wayne.edu/resources/new_ books/index_rss.php?library=law

RSS Feeds
• Library OPAC Recent Acquisitions
– Stanford University – William Mitchell -

http://www.law.stanford.edu/school/campus/library/ #recent_catalog

http://library.wmitchell.edu/screens/newtitles.xml

RSS Feeds
• Library OPAC Searches
– Allegany County (Library Solution) http://www.youseemore.com/Allegany/default.asp

For other libraries with OPAC RSS feeds, see http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=RSS

RSS Feeds
• Vendor New Book Titles
– John Wiley & Sons http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-302565.html

– LexisNexis http://www.lexisnexis.com/presscenter/rss/

See Using RSS Feeds for New Book Titles – Calling All Publishers by Connie Crosby, LLRX.com (February 12, 2007), at http://www.llrx.com/columns/tao11.htm

RSS Feeds
• Retailer New Book Titles
– Amazon Tags (Law-related) - http://tinyurl.com/2x4sjl

See http://tinyurl.com/yrcnjo for info about RSS Feeds & Amazon tags

RSS Feeds
• Price Tracking RSS Feeds
– RSStalker.com for Amazon.com http://rsstalker.com/

RSS Feeds
• Current Law Journal Content (CJLC) –
http://lawlib.wlu.edu/CLJC/

RSS Feeds
• Database Searches –
– PubMed – http://www/pubmed.gov

RSS Feeds
• Database Searches –
– – – –

Ebsco Ingenta ScienceDirect Web of Knowledge

For instructions on creating RSS feeds from these databases, see http://www.library.wisc.edu/alerts/rss-alert-guides.html

RSS Feeds
• Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly Lists –
http://www.loc.gov/rss/cataloging/lists.xml

• Library of Congress Classification Weekly Lists http://www.loc.gov/rss/cataloging/classlists.xml

RSS Feeds
• Articles by Law Librarians (AALL Publishing Initiatives Caucus) –

http://baseportal.com/cgi-bin/baseportal.pl?htx=/Publishing

RSS Feeds – Search Engines
• Feedster - http://feedfinder.feedster.com/

RSS Feeds – Custom Feeds
• Google Blog Search - http://blogsearch.google.com/

RSS Feeds – From Any Web Page
• FeedYes - http://www.feedyes.com/ • Ponyfish - http://www.ponyfish.com/

Questions?
Contact – Bonnie Shucha
Head of Reference University of Wisconsin Law Library bjshucha@wisc.edu

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