RSS at the Library

About RSS

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a convenient way to keep up with new content on your favorite website. Instead of having to click through the various sections of to see what’s new, you can have that information pushed directly to your computer! RSS has been adopted by many news services (The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, etc.), blogs, and other commercial sites (Apple, ESPN, Orbitz, People, Yahoo!, eBay, etc.). Even the government has embraced RSS.

Without going into a lot of technical detail, RSS is an application of XML (eXtensible Markup Language), which is why you’ll sometimes see the availability of feeds represented by XML. An item in an RSS feed usually contains a headline, an excerpt of the story, and a link to the full story.

Getting started

To take advantage of the convenience of RSS, you’ll need a newsreader or aggregator to collect, organize, and display all your feeds.

A variety of free and commercial readers are available. Some (such as AOL Reader, Feedly, NetVibes, and DIGG Reader) are web-based, others (such as AmphetaDesk, or NetNewsWire for Macs) have to be downloaded to your computer. Most web browsers now offer offer integrated feed readers. An exhaustive list of RSS readers is available on the Open Directory Project.

Once you’ve found a newsreader that you’re comfortable using; you’re ready to go! To subscribe to our feeds, right-click on any of the links in the left-hand sidebar on this page, select “copy shortcut,” and then paste the URL (as directed) into your newsreader.

Finding RSS feeds

Look around on some of your favorite blogs or websites for these buttons
(feed, XML, or RSS) or the phrase “RSS Feeds.”

More info

Any of the following sites are good resources to consult for an overview of RSS:

Library RSS Feeds