Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ball State Libraries Offers News/Information using RSS Technology

You have probably seen the small orange ovals or rectangles that are labeled RSS or XML. They seem to be popping up on Web sites everywhere. These graphics indicate that the site offers a new way to access its news.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds allow people to receive news content from several sources in one location. Instead of going to a site for news daily, for example, news on a topic is published to a news reader, called an aggregator, as it becomes available.

The Ball State University Libraries expect to begin using RSS technology in early May 2006. Using this technology, according to Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, the University Libraries will expand the type and variety of news and information that we provide our students and faculty about our programs, services, and collections.

For more information, contact Bradley D. Faust, Ball State University Libraries’ Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services,, (765) 285-8032.


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