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

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

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

Finding Blogs – Technical Services
• TS-SIS Blog - • Blog About Technical Services

• Catalogablog

Finding Blogs – Technical Services
• FRBR Blog - • It's All Good (OCLC staff)

• Legal Periodicals

Finding Blogs – Law Library
• Law Library Blogs blogslistpublic.htm

• Law Library Buzz

Finding Blogs – Law
• Blawg: Law & Legal Related Weblogs

• Justia BlawgSearch

Finding Blogs - General
• Google Blog Search

• Feedster -


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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 NewsGatorInbox/

Outlook with Newsgator

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

• Subscribe at

Tutorial movie (UC Berkeley Library):

RSS Feeds


Headline/link Summary



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 -

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 - books/index_rss.php?library=law

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

RSS Feeds
• Library OPAC Searches
– Allegany County (Library Solution)

For other libraries with OPAC RSS feeds, see

RSS Feeds
• Vendor New Book Titles
– John Wiley & Sons

– LexisNexis

See Using RSS Feeds for New Book Titles – Calling All Publishers by Connie Crosby, (February 12, 2007), at

RSS Feeds
• Retailer New Book Titles
– Amazon Tags (Law-related) -

See for info about RSS Feeds & Amazon tags

RSS Feeds
• Price Tracking RSS Feeds
– for

RSS Feeds
• Current Law Journal Content (CJLC) –

RSS Feeds
• Database Searches –
– PubMed – http://www/

RSS Feeds
• Database Searches –
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Ebsco Ingenta ScienceDirect Web of Knowledge

For instructions on creating RSS feeds from these databases, see

RSS Feeds
• Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly Lists –

• Library of Congress Classification Weekly Lists

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

RSS Feeds – Search Engines
• Feedster -

RSS Feeds – Custom Feeds
• Google Blog Search -

RSS Feeds – From Any Web Page
• FeedYes - • Ponyfish -

Contact – Bonnie Shucha
Head of Reference University of Wisconsin Law Library

Handouts available at