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Getting to the On Ramp. A presentation for the OLC Technical Services Retreat by George Needham Vice President, Member Services April 26, 2006. A relevant quote…. “If you’re in control, you aren’t going fast enough!” Mario Andretti. Today’s agenda. Definitions and examples

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getting to the on ramp

Getting to the On Ramp

A presentation for the OLC Technical Services Retreat


George NeedhamVice President, Member Services

April 26, 2006

a relevant quote
A relevant quote…

“If you’re in control,

you aren’t going fast enough!”

Mario Andretti

today s agenda
Today’s agenda
  • Definitions and examples
  • Three ways to discover new treasures
  • Two easy ways to get information delivered to your desktop (and a few others)
  • My personal favorite sources and tools
  • Stephen Bell’s Keeping Up Website
  • Rush Brandis, “Blog the Web with RSS: Is it Really Simple Syndication?”
  • Genevieve Foskett (post to “It’s All Good,” Thursday, April 20, 2006)
credits page 2
Credits, page 2
  • Judith Siess, “Thinking About…Keeping Up---It’s Not an Option” OPL: Newsletter for Librarians and Management (22:2, June 2005, updated April 2006)
  • Electronic mailing lists
  • Provide updates directly to your mailbox
    • As each post is added, or
    • Daily (or more frequent) compilations or digests
  • Older, less interactive, but simple
  • Web-based
  • Periodic articles or entries
  • Online diaries
  • Many are subject focused, even if that subject is simply one middle-aged librarian’s look at the world
  • Examples: It’s All Good, Shifted Librarian
  • Extensible Mark Up Language
  • Powers the various ways of getting information around the Web
  • Why should you care?
  • Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary (the controversy continues!)
  • Creates a link to content from site A (the creator) to site B, your e-mail, aggregator (next slide), or home page
  • Just look for the logo!
  • A tool to bring it all together
  • “Pull” versus “Push”
  • Examples: My Yahoo!, Sharp Reader
  • Sounds expensive. How much is this going to cost me?
three ways to discover new sites
Three Ways to Discover New Sites
  • Blog rolls
  • “Best of” lists
  • Cross references
blog rolls
Blog rolls

A list of blogs that a blogger reads or recommends

best of lists
“Best of” lists

Only as good as the person or organization that compiles the list (or counts the votes!)

cross references
Cross References
  • Bloggers are reflexively cross-referential
  • We frequently point to other posts to help propagate a new idea…
  • …or, occasionally, to embarrass the miscreant who suggests something dumb
  • Again, consider the source!
three ways to get content
Three ways to get content
  • My Yahoo!
  • Sharp Reader
  • iTunes (podcasts)