Week 5 Case Study Comments
The social skills feed collections from the Seattle Public Library would have been quite useful in my undergrad years when it was all I could do to get a few good, current sources for my psych courses. However, this page of their site was not very good at explaining what exactly it is you are looking at and how you can put it to use. It’s great that we know it is a feed from the Seattle Public Library’s catalog but if we didn’t know what feeds were and we ended up here it would be nice to give us a brief note on what it is. Sure, it explains that is an RSS feed meant to be displayed in a newsreader (which by the way they do not link to any of the examples provided – also would have been handy), but when you click on the link it doesn’t give you a feed to add it actually shows you the list from that feed. So is this website the alternative to a newsreader, do I still need a news reader, exactly how to I make the best use of this information that has been kindly compiled for me? When you click on the Social Skills Feed hyper link just below the Library title it takes you to a quick catalog search. Even now that I’m familiar enough with RSS feeds I found this site quite confusing. I think it’s a great idea to get feeds from typical searches but a little help and direction with using them would be great.
The vendors were a bit better at explaining the new ability to turn your alerts into RSS feeds. Ebsco’s RSS feed information release was good in its intro blurb but the screen shots it provided came with no explanations of what you were looking at and what it meant. This may be clear for alert subscribers, but not for someone like me seeing it at the first time. However, the Engineering Village 2 and ProQuest RSS explanations were good. They explained what it was, how to do it and most importantly I think they would made sense to someone who is not so familiar with this new RSS business.
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