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INF506 – Reflection on RSS Feeds

on March 31, 2013

Research two (2) additional examples of ‘RSS in action’, and develop a 350 word post to your OLJ on how RSS can enhance a library or information service’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.

RSS, which stands for Real Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) refers to the way in which people are able to subscribe to content on various websites and receive regular summarised updates. Instead of searching for information on a variety of websites, the process is reversed and information is sent to the user via an RSS feed immediately as it is published. I agree with Richardson’s comments that ‘RSS is the one technology educators should be using and teaching their students to use’ (2005).

The two RSS feeds that I chose to research are:

Board of Studies  – This RSS feed is useful for receiving information about NAPLAN dates, closing dates for consultation comments about Australian Curriculum, new resources suggestions, HSC marking information and dates. It has been very useful receiving this information in my inbox rather than having to go searching for it on the NSW Board of Studies website. I believe that this RSS feed would be especially beneficial for any Primary or Secondary Principals or Curriculum Coordinators. Teacher Librarians would find RSS messages relating curriculum / syllabus changes and suggested resources very useful as this would assist them in acquiring resources for the library.

ABC Net – This RSS feed is useful for receiving breaking news that is “Just in”. Teacher librarians would find this RSS feed useful in schools when relevant world wide information is needed immediately as it becomes available e.g. current affairs, natural disasters, elections.

I believe that subscribing to RSS feeds is an invaluable tool for libraries and information services because it is a free, quick and easy way to gain relevant information to pass onto users without having to search through a large number of websites. I have found it useful to subscribe to innovative educators blogs, this allows me to immediately receive their new blog entries and hence keep my professional learning evolving. I don’t have to remember to visit a particular website, the content is pushed to me and I am able to read the information on my own terms saving time.

References

ABC News. (n.d). Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page/rss–3520115

New South Wales Government – Board of Studies News. (n.d). Retrieved from http://news.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/help.cfm?topic=rss

Richardson, W. (2005). Rss: A Quick Start Guide for Educators. Retrieved from www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/RSSFAQ4.pdf

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