10 Ways Libraries Can Use RSS

Because using RSS is about sharing and delivering information, it seems perfectly natural for libraries to adopt this technology for library services. Here are my 10 ways for how libraries can use RSS.

10 Ways Libraries Can Use RSS

1.  Create an RSS feed for new additions to the online catalog.

2.  Create an RSS feed tied to a library card account for hold notifications and/or overdue materials.

3.  Create an RSS feed for new programs and events posted on the library website.

4.  Create an RSS feed for the library’s electronic newsletter.

5.  Create an RSS feed for press releases and other media advisories.

6.  Create an RSS feed for library closings, including emergency closings.

7.  Create an RSS feed for library job openings.

8.  Subscribe to a few RSS feeds, such as local news websites, and share the content on the library’s website. This could be included on a page containing other local resources and local links.

9.  Subscribe to RSS feeds of interest to library customers and share the content on the customer’s personalized library webpage. Customers can choose to access selected RSS feeds, their library account information, subscription databases, and email/chat with a librarian all in one spot.

10.  Subscribe to a few professional RSS feeds and share with library staff on the library intranet.


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I am a librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library in Tampa, Florida.

37 thoughts on “10 Ways Libraries Can Use RSS”

  1. Hi i am at Box Hill Institute in Melb and our L3a class have just accessed your useful blog post. Particularly liked the job post idea!

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