Now that you have explored some examples of how libraries and the media make use of RSS to deliver updated information and the applications that can tailor and aggregate feeds for specific users, find 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.

Besides libraries and news agencies offering RSS feeds, 2 additional examples of ‘RSS in action’ can be seen in :
1)    The medical websites such as
2)    Legal News  for websites and blogs such as

How RSS can enhance a library or information service’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.

RSS can benefit the library in 2 ways. Firstly, from the perspective of the library as a content and information source and secondly, from the perspective of the library as an information provider. With the rapid development and pervasive use of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and facebooks in information and knowledge creation, RSS can help librarians to ‘harvest’ relevant information efficiently and effectively. It can also help provide targeted or specific information to patrons. Depending on needs, patrons have the choice of subscribing various library feeds. Libraries can create RSS feeds for service information, new books and media, features to enable patrons to create custom catalogue searches as RSS feeds as well as re-broadcasting other RSS feeds on the library website(Holvoet, 2006). The James Madison University Carrier Library for instance has many useful RSS news feeds ranging from Library News, Media Resurce News, Faculty services & News, Research Databases, New Journal and Media titles.(Source:

Advantages of RSS
For content producers, the advantages include increasing web traffic or exposure, easy updating and dissemination of information. For web content managers(librarians)  there is efficient delivery of targeted information and value-added services; and for the information consumer, there is control on choice of regular updated information  and easy information sharing (Bansode, Dahibhate, & Ingale, 2009).

Disadvantages of RSS.
Disadvantages include that fact that not every site has RSS feed and some feeds especially updates on workshops and training schedules are time sensitive and do get expired very quickly. Also RSS content may not be fully used/read and there may be inherent copyright issues.

As information creation and publishing becomes easier with Web 2.0 applications, librarians will depend more and more on RSS to communicate and to provide target information sought by patrons.


Bansode, S., Dahibhate, N. B., & Ingale, K. (2009). RSS Applications in Libraries and Information Centres. [Article]. Library Philosophy & Practice, 11(1), 1-4.

Holvoet, K. (2006). What is RSS and how can libraries use it to improve patron service? . Library Hi Tech News, 23(8), 32-33. doi: 10.1108/07419050610713718

Below is a comprehensive slideshare on RSS and its role in libraries.

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The video clip below provides a good overview of what second life is about and introduces some very good educational S/L links.