Friday, June 24, 2005

The Shifted Librarian: Why RSS and Folksonomies Are Becoming So Big

The Shifted Librarian: Why RSS and Folksonomies Are Becoming So Big

I'm noticing something very surprising with my Web search habits: I'm not using Google as often as I used to. The shock. The horror.

Nowadays, I'm using RSS, blogs, delicious, and other communication and information sharing tools that allow my peers and colleagues to discover and share information among interested community members.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

McGill 'Gateway' website implements RSS

The other day, while browsing the Web with Firefox, I arrived at the McGill University gateway webpage. I was surprised to see that Firefox's LiveBookmark feature lit up like a Christmas tree. It had found a RSS feed.

A RSS feed on the McGill University gateway webapge?

Yes, it's true. I think this implementation is great. The database-driven content that the system pushes out normally appeared in little system built modules. Now that same content, while still available in the usual system modules, is available as an RSS feed.

Kudos to the Web Services Group, the McGill unit behind the McGill gateway system.

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I am an information professional, researcher, and writer with over eight years experience in the information services field with experience in information and communication technology.

I have a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Studies and working on a Web and Multimedia Design certificate.

I believe that empowering people with information can enrich lives and transform the world.