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