Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide, Second Edition

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide, Second Edition

by Michael P. Sauers
Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide, Second Edition

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide, Second Edition

by Michael P. Sauers


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In this fully updated second edition of his popular 2006 book, author, internet trainer, and blogger Michael P. Sauers shows how blogging and RSS technology can be easily and successfully used by libraries and librarians. Sauers provides a wealth of useful examples and insights from librarian bloggers and provides easy-to-follow instructions for creating, publishing, and syndicating a blog using free Web-based services, software, RSS feeds, and aggregators. The second edition covers new blogging tools and services, introduces numerous useful library blogs and bloggers, and includes a new chapter on micro-blogging with Twitter. Blogging & RSS is a must-read for librarians; library managers, administrators, tech staff, and anyone interested in utilizing blogs and RSS in a library setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573879118
Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Blogs 1

What Is a Blog? 1

Types of Blogs 2

The Blog Effect 3

Why Blog? 7

Chapter 2 The Library Blogosphere, Part 1: The Blogs 9

Librarian Blogs 9

Library Blogs 43

Miscellaneous Blogs 52

Just One More 65

Chapter 3 The Library Blogosphere, Part 2: The Bloggers 67

Chapter 4 Creating a Blog 81

Why Blog? 81

Methods for Creating Your Blog 82

Creating Your First Blog 83

Blog Options 99

Chapter 5 An Introduction to RSS 137

What Is RSS? 137

History of Feed Development 138

What's in a Feed File? 139

Feed Types 142

Identifying Feeds 144

Finding Feeds 148

Using Feeds 149

Chapter 6 Using an Aggregator 155

What Is an Aggregator? 155

Types of Aggregators 156

Google Reader 162

Podcasting and RSS 202

Chapter 7 Noteworthy Feeds 209

Library and Library-Related Feeds 209

News Feeds 213

RSS Services 220

Miscellaneous Feeds and Services 223

Chapter 8 Creating Feeds 231

Hand Rolling 231

Semi-Automated 232

Fully Automated 246

Placing Outside RSS Content on Your Site 247

Chapter 9 Microblogging With Twitter 259

Why Use Twitter? 259

Twitter Basics 261

Tweeting 101 267

Next Steps 282

Afterword 287

Recommended Reading 289

Appendix: Feed Code Examples 297

Glossary 307

About the Author 311

Index 313

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