Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide

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In this helpful book, author, Internet trainer, and blogger Michael P. Sauers, MLS, shows how blogging and RSS technology can be easily and effectively used in the context of a library community. Sauers covers everything librarians need to know, beginning with an introduction to the blogging phenomenon and a review of the library "blogosphere." He recommends his favorite blogs, shares the opinions and advice of top librarian bloggers, and offers step-by-step instructions for creating, publishing, and syndicating ...
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Overview

In this helpful book, author, Internet trainer, and blogger Michael P. Sauers, MLS, shows how blogging and RSS technology can be easily and effectively used in the context of a library community. Sauers covers everything librarians need to know, beginning with an introduction to the blogging phenomenon and a review of the library "blogosphere." He recommends his favorite blogs, shares the opinions and advice of top librarian bloggers, and offers step-by-step instructions for creating, publishing, and syndicating a blog using free Web-based services, software, RSS feeds, and aggregators. A recommended reading list, examples of feed code, and a glossary round out the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573872683
  • Publisher: Information Today, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
An Introduction to Blogs     1
What Is a Blog?     1
Types of Blogs     3
The Blog Effect     4
Why Blog?     6
The Library Blogosphere, Part 1: The Blogs     11
Librarian Blogs     11
Library Blogs     37
Miscellaneous Blogs     46
The Library Blogosphere, Part 2: The Bloggers     53
Creating a Blog     77
Why Blog?     77
Methods for Creating Your Blog     78
Creating Your First Blog     80
Blog Options     93
Other Forms of Blogging     118
An Introduction to RSS     123
What Is RSS?     123
History of Feed Development     124
What's in a Feed File?     126
Feed Types     129
Identifying Feeds     129
Finding Feeds     134
Using a Feed     137
Using an Aggregator     143
What Is an Aggregator?     143
Types of Aggregators     144
Bloglines     149
Podcasting and RSS     184
NoteworthyFeeds     191
Library and Library-Related Feeds     191
News Feeds     193
RSS Services     199
Miscellaneous Feeds and Services     211
Creating Feeds     219
Hand Rolling     219
Semi-Automated     220
Fully Automated     232
Placing Outside RSS Content on Your Site     234
Afterword     239
Recommended Reading     241
Feed Code Examples     249
Glossary     259
About the Author     263
Index     265
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