Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thing #7 - Feed Me!

At first glance I do feel overwhelmed with all the information out there. I'm hesitant to subscribe to RSS feeds and be bombarded with tons of "junk mail", even though I'm the one seeking it. I do like the idea of having our library have a more robust RSS feed. It's so infrequent that we post new news, I don't think any of our patrons are interested or willing to subscribe to us. I checked out MIT's New Books feed and really liked the idea that we could adapt something like that to our library so our faculty could keep up with new acquisitions from their subjects, as well as cross-over interests.

1 comment:

Jennifer Koerber said...

The fun thing about RSS readers and feeds is that magic button: Mark All As Read. When I log in and see 100 items in LISNews, I do a quick scan of the titles and if nothing jumps out at me...click! Far less guilt and even easier than recycling print junk mail. The key for providing a feed is finding that balance point between enough to keep your patrons' interest and not overwhelming them. Do you think that a combination of 'news' and 'human interest tidbits' might make your library feed more robust without becoming clogged with fluff?