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An Introduction to: Blogs and RSS Ronda Grizzle 17 October, 2006 Blogs A blog is … a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.

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an introduction to blogs and rss

An Introduction to: Blogs and RSS

Ronda Grizzle

17 October, 2006


A blog is …

  • a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.
  • often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries.
  • primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.

blogging sites
Blogging Sites

One of the earliest personal bloggers was Justin Hall who began 11 years of blogging while a student at Swarthmore College in 1994.

  • (1996)
  • Open Diary (1998)
  • Livejournal (1999)
  • Diaryland (1999)
  • (1999)

  • RSS is a family of web feed formats. The initialism "RSS" is variously used to refer to the following standards:
    • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)
    • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0)
    • RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
  • specified in XML
  • delivers its information as an XML file called an "RSS feed," "webfeed," "RSS stream," or "RSS channel".

feed aggregators
Feed Aggregators
  • Also known as feed readers.
  • Software that tracks a list of feeds and displays new articles.
  • If you use the Firefox web browser, a website with a feed will be shown in the address bar with a feed icon similar to this one:
  • Many web pages now publish a feed of their content. Usually, they’ll use a graphic to show readers that a feed is available.
  • Feed readers can be downloaded to your computer, or you can use an online feed reader.
  • For a list of available desktop and web-based feed readers, see


Please feel free to contact me!

Ronda Grizzle

Office: Alderman 505 (just look for the monkey!)

Phone: 4-3965


library blogs and rss feeds

Library Blogs and RSS Feeds

Leslie Johnston

October 17, 2006

library blogs feeds technology in libraries
Library Blogs & Feeds –Technology in Libraries
  • Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog:
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education Wired Campus:
  • D-Lib Magazine:
  • ALA Tech Source:
  • Free Range Librarian:
  • It’s All Good:
  • planet code4lib:
  • web4lib:
  • rss4lib:
library blogs feeds technology in the world
Library Blogs & Feeds – Technology in the World
  • TechCrunch:
  • Wired News technology:
  • Slashdot:
  • c/net
  • BoingBoing:
library blogs feeds cataloging and metadata
Library Blogs & Feeds -- Cataloging and Metadata
  • Catalogablog:
  • OCLC Cataloging and Metadata news and updates:
  • FRBR Blog:
library blogs feeds academic library topics
Library Blogs & Feeds – Academic Library Topics
  • Association of College and Research Libraries:
  • Chronicle of Higher Education news:
  • The Kept-up Academic Librarian:
  • If:book:
  • Library and Information Science news:
  • Library History journal feed:
  • Hanging Together:
library blogs feeds intellectual property
Library Blogs & Feeds: Intellectual Property
  • Larry Lessig’s blog:
  • LibraryLaw Blog:
  • CopyCense:
library blogs feeds subject areas
Library Blogs & Feeds: Subject Areas
  • News Channels and Newspapers: News Feeds for science, technology, politics, book reviews, etc.
  • Journal publishers and aggregators: some offer alerts via RSS when news issues of journals are published.
    • Most require that you register as an individual user to activate this service.
local blogs feeds
Local Blogs & Feeds
  • Robertson Media Center new videos:
  • UVA Today:
  • Erika’s Semester at Sea:
  • beTech at UVA:
  • The Daily Progress:
  • What Blogs and Feeds do YOU read?
  • What do you think our Library could do with Blogs or Feeds?
  • Questions?
  • Contact me:
  • Leslie Johnston
    • Alderman 509

Why spend time blogging when you could be sleeping instead …