Monday, April 30, 2007

EBSCOhost RSS Feed and Search/Journal Alert Upgrades

EBSCO: EBSCOhost RSS Feed and Search/Journal Alert Upgrades

According to David Rothman, the policy needs some tweaking, as it requires users to "access" the feeds within a week of creation, and they must remain "active" or they will be deleted.

Sadly, this makes no sense, and the people at EBSCO seemed to have missed the point of feeds. I will have to look into this further, especially since I currently have four feeds from EBSCO databases, and would really hate for this to be deleted without warning.

How Much is Our Blog Worth?

Not that much, apparently.

How Much is Your Blog Worth at Dane Carlson's Business Opportunities Weblog: "Your blog,, is worth $3,951.78"

Friday, April 27, 2007

OPML Editor: Create Your Own Reading Lists

Steven Bell used OPML Editor to create his reading lists, which include Higher Education news feeds, Technology feeds, and Google News and Information feeds. He's also got some nice instructions on importing reading lists into Bloglines, as Lorie pointed out.
The reading lists/OPML files are actually housed on (no point in hyperlinking to that: you'll get a message like Directory Listing Denied if you try). You get to choose the name of your directory and filename, e.g.[name of OPML file here].opml. I'm going to see if I can build an "information literacy" OPML file now.

RSS in Plain English

Video posted on Library Stuff which I came across on Information Literacy Meets Web 2.0

EDUCAUSE | 7 Things You Should Know About RSS

This EDUCAUSE 2-pager might also be useful for our bibliography. An excerpt from the abstract: "RSS is a protocol that lets users subscribe to online content using a "reader" or "aggregator." Internet users tend to settle on preferred information sources. RSS allows users to create a list of those sources in an application that automatically retrieves updates, saving users considerable time and effort."
Very straightforward and it lists Peterson's College and University Feed Directory, which I'll be sure to add to the workbook.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

RSS Is Awesome

Web Marketing Watch, Sage Lewis. Oh ya, some political plugs, but a bit of what the guy says could be useful