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Blogs and RSS Feeds Course. 21 June 2007 London Health Libraries. Objectives. Learnt how to set up a blog and create an RSS feed Be able to subscribe to RSS feeds and generate them from search resources Be aware of the different RSS readers and aggregators. Blogs/ Weblogs.

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blogs and rss feeds course

Blogs and RSS Feeds Course

21 June 2007

London Health Libraries

  • Learnt how to set up a blog and create an RSS feed
  • Be able to subscribe to RSS feeds and generate them from search resources
  • Be aware of the different RSS readers and aggregators
blogs weblogs
Blogs/ Weblogs
  • An electronic journal/diaryorganised by date where you can add information easily
  • Blogs tends to be a single webpage containing text and images, and increasingly now audio and video content
  • Netscape What News is thought to be the first example of a weblog, and the word itself was coined by Jorn Barger, the owner of the Robot Wisdom weblog (
  • Blog is short for weblog. A Blogger is the person producing the blog. Blogging is when you create the blog by posting an entry
  • American librarian, Jenny Levine, began the first “library” blog in 1995. It was called Librarian’s Site Du Jour and she reviewed reference websites
examples of blogs in libraries
Examples of Blogs in Libraries
  • Royal Free Hospital Library Blog

  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Library Services

  • John Gale, Bethlem Library - Mental Health Update Blog

  • Fade the Blog – Health News from North West, including podcast

  • Chemistry Info @ Imperial College Library London

  • Cambridge University Library Medical Library

  • DrugData Update

blogging software web based
Blogging Software:Web-based

Web-based Free Blogging Software

  • Blogger - (text editor, customisation, rss feed available)
  • Bloglines - (rss feed available)
  • LiveJournal - (customisation, rss feed)
  • WordPress - (needs email activation, customisation, rss available)
  • Xanga - (text editor, customisation, subscription service available)


MS Windows Live Spaces -

Yahoo 360 –

national library for health library news alert
National Library for HealthLibrary News Alert

The Health and Libraries & Information Services Directory have launched a blog and RSS tool. Further information can be found in May’s NLH Newsletter.

blogger com www blogger com
  • Create a Google account on
  • Create a blog on for your library, applying a template design
  • Post some entries:
    • Latest journal issues
    • New book stock
    • Advertising a library closure
    • Promote a training event
  • Apply some advanced features, such as adding a blog archive
rss feeds what are they
RSS feeds – what are they?
  • Provides updates on new web content such as news headlines, blog entries, eTOCs. Also new audio content and images can be embedded in a RSS feed, eg podcasts
  • Need an RSS reader or aggregator to read them
  • Written in XML format and are open source
  • Several versions, including Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary and ATOM
why use rss feeds
Why use RSS feeds?
  • Save time, as only need to access one RSS reader or aggregator
  • Unclutter your email inbox from email alerts
  • Disseminate information about your library
  • Create RSS feeds on specific topics
health care libraries newsfeed oxford university libraries http www ouls ox ac uk hcl
Health Care Libraries NewsfeedOxford University Libraries
subscribing to an rss feed
Subscribing to an RSS feed
  • The following icon means that a RSS feed is available on a website:

For example, on the BBC Health News website

to subscribe to a rss feed
To subscribe to a RSS feed
  • Click on the orange icon and following webpage appears

There are several ways to subscribe to the RSS feed. For example cut and paste the RSS URL into your reader/aggregator

rss readers aggregators
RSS Readers/ Aggregators

RSS Feeds can be read in:

  • Web-based aggregators – need a username and password, but can be read on any PC
  • Desk-top readers – software installed on PC and feeds download when connected to the internet
  • Web browser – feeds can be read in a web browser
  • Personalised start pages
web based aggregators
Web-based Aggregators
  • Bloglines


  • NewsGator


desktop readers
Desktop Readers
  • FeedReader


web browsers
Web Browsers
  • Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 will store and display RSS feeds
personalised page starters
Personalised Page Starters

also national library for health mylibrary http www library nhs uk mylibrary
Also National Library for HealthMyLibrary(

NLH My Library displays RSS feeds and can

be accessed using Athens username and password

  • Can also send My Update to email address
rss feeds
RSS Feeds
  • BBC News, including podcasts. Can subscribe to topics, eg Health News, Technology News
  • Online newspapers, including podcasts. Eg The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph
  • BMJ – Current issue, recent issues, online first
  • eTOCs from journals suppliers – Blackwells, Emerald
  • Podcasts – The Lancet, NEJM, New Scientist, Nature
  • National Library for Health, including Document of the Week, Hitting the Headlines, What’s New
  • NICE Guidelines
generating rss feeds
Generating RSS Feeds

It is possible to generate RSS feeds on specific topics, using:

  • News
      • Google News (
      • Yahoo News (
  • Blogs
      • Ask (
      • Sphere (
      • Feedster (
      • Technorati (
  • Medical
      • PubMed
      • MedWorm (
  • Dialog Datastar Searches
mixing and filtering rss feeds
Mixing and Filtering RSS feeds
  • Mixing RSS feeds from a several sources. Services from Yahoo Pipes, My Syndicaat and Feedblendr can do this
  • Filtering RSS feeds means you can remove duplicate entries and block such fields as keywords. Feedrinse provides this service
use rss feed from blog example blogger com
Use RSS Feed from Blog Example
  • Set up blog & post entries
  • Subscribe to blog through RSS Reader
rss feeds1
RSS Feeds
  • Use Google username and password to open Google Reader
  • Subscribe to some BBC feeds from their website
  • Set up a PubMed RSS feed on a specific topic
  • Create a Dialog Datastar search feed
  • Try a Google News/Yahoo News RSS feed