A potential tool for promoting library services

An RSS Mashup!  RSS feeds are basically updates from websites etc.  RSS Mashups are a combination of RSS feeds creating an integrated list from the different feeds, which can be subject oriented and can cover several different types of communication – anything that has an RSS feed and allows aggregation.

Dr. Shamprasad Pujar suggests that librarians use RSS Mashups to provide service updates integrated with the library website to include feeds from their own digital repositories, catalogues, as well as a selection of newspaper headlines, blog posts and journal tables of content. Such services can also be tailored and made available to satisfy the needs of different departments.

Yahoo pipes is easy to use and enables the combination, aggregation and filtering (using keywords to allow or restrict) the different feeds into one. Feed2JS helps to position an RSS Mashup on the library website with an added facility for customization. Enhancing information services in this way can save researchers valuable time and “create a better image of the library.”

Based on an article in Link: connecting Commonwealth Librarians Issue 16, August 2012, p.6-7.

Jean Shaw, Phi

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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