Module2: OLJ Task RSS

awr_rssBesides libraries and news agencies offering RSS feeds, 2 additional examples of ‘RSS in action’ can be seen in :

The Bureau of Meteorology
Language- NSW website

Both of these organizations appear to have a comprehensive set of RSS feeds to which one can subscribe.

How RSS can enhance a library or information service’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.

Now days RSS is an important and ideal tool for libraries and information services. Utilizing RSS in many ways can meet the information needs of their users. For example, library blogs is containing news and information about events, procedures, new acquisitions and other topics of users’ interests. If the library sets up RSS feeds on the blog site, it enables to inform users – subscribers up to date on what is available without requiring them to do extensive searches. In addition, throughout examining the State Library of NSW RSS feeds, there are plenty of links for collections are provided. It is more likely to help users to select more specific collections that they demand as they are classified by subjects, formats and languages. It seems to be targeted a wide range of users with various backgrounds and it is obvious RSS can be used as a tool in supplying information about a variety of new acquisitions.
However, it is essential to consider disadvantages of RSS. According to Bansode, Dahibhate, & Ingale (2009), every site has not a feed is the fact and some feeds are not updated after a specific time period. RSS content may not be being fully used as there may be copyright issues. Therefore selecting and evaluating websites is a critical task for librarians. Furthermore, it is argued that finding identify of the website source is difficult as they do not display the actual URL or name of the website, it can sometimes get confusing on what website the data has come from.

Web 2.0 makes anyone can create and publish information. Librarians will be required to communicate with library users and to provide information which meets users’ needs through RSS.

References

Bansode, S., Dahibhate, N. B., & Ingale, K. (2009). RSS Applications in Libraries and Information Centres. Retrieved from http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~mbolin/bansode-dahibhate-ingale.pdf

State Library of New South Weals (2014) RSS feeds [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/rss/index.html [Last Accessed 7 May 2014].

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