RSS, or Real Simple Syndication, is the magic that allows a reader (such as the one you created in Thing 6) to work. It is a metadata scheme, similar to a MARC record, and it allows websites to publish new information.
Once again we’ll start with a Common Craft video:
You know that using RSS you can read updates from a variety of blogs. You can also read updates from wikis, library databases (i.e., resources from EBSCO, Gale, etc.), and other web 2.0 sites like Flickr and LibraryThing. You even create a feed when you click the share link (in Google Reader) on posts that you like. The bottom line: you don’t have to know how RSS feeds are formatted, or how they are transmitted—you just have to know how to find them and add them to your reader.
Here are some feeds that I like to keep up with—-add them to your Google Reader if you think they might be interesting:
Cataloging Futures : http://www.catalogingfutures.com/catalogingfutures
Unshelved (Library Humor): http://www.unshelved.com/
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/blog
Library & Information Science News: http://lisnews.org/
Library Bytes (Helene Bowers): http://www.librarybytes.com
Tame the Web (Michael Stephens): http://tametheweb.com/