Track new library materials with RSS feeds

Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian

Icons similar to this indicate the availability of RSS feeds

Ever wanted to keep tabs on the latest resources arriving on the shelves or online at the library?  The library’s new RSS feed service provides a great way to receive information about the library’s growing collections.

The acronym “RSS” is commonly expanded as “Really Simple Syndication.” It is a standard format for publishing frequently updated lists such as blog entries, news headlines, or status updates as abbreviated “feeds” of information.  By subscribing to an RSS feed, updates are delivered directly to the subscriber’s Web browser, email or feed reading application (tools like My Yahoo!, Google Reader, or Bloglines, just to name a few).  RSS feeds are commonly identified on Web pages with an orange icon (see right).

The library home page now includes an RSS icon which links to a list of all library-published feeds. Browse feeds that feature all recently added library materials in any format–print, video and online–or browse other feeds by subject and material type. Then subscribe to feeds you want to track on a regular basis!

For more information about RSS and how to “subscribe” to an RSS feed, please see our new Using RSS Feeds guide.