Medical Feeds Collection

There’s a comprehensive, subject-based listing of medical and health RSS feeds. This advertising-supported site provides subject listings of RSS feeds, covering medical journals and news sites. If you’re looking to build a “what’s new” service based on medical feeds, this is a good site to mine for sources.

RSS Feed for Online Books

Steven Cohen at LibraryStuff points us to the University of Pennsylvania’s Online Books Page, and specifically to the RSS Feed for new books listed.
The Online Books Page — completely new to me — lists more than 20,000 full-text English-language books available around the Internet. While only the new books listing is available via RSS, the site itself lists them by author, subject, title, and LC subject heading.

Bibliography of Blogs in the Library World

Amanda Etches-Johnson at maintains a bibliography of RSS-related articles and books. Check out her exhaustive collection of articles about blogging & RSS in the library world. If you’re looking for thought-starters — or literature to support your desire to use blogs and RSS — this is a great place to start.
She updates her furl archive more frequently than the blog page.

Directory of Journals with RSS Feeds

The University of Saskatchewan offers an extensive list of electronic journals with RSS feeds — hundreds of them, sorted alphabetically. If you’re thinking of adding journal TOCs to your catalog, or elsewhere on the web, this is a great resource for figuring out which journals are offering RSS options. Clicking a title takes you to an information page displaying UofS’s journal holdings for that title, a link to the RSS feed, and the most recent table of contents with abstracts (generated by that same RSS feed, I’ll wager). Nice use of the tools!

Engineering Village and RSS

The folks who run Engineering Village sent out a press release today, announcing that Engineering Village 2 now offers customized RSS feeds to subscribers. According to the release (at this writing, not available on their web site), “Subscribers are now able to define their own searches against comprehensive engineering databases including Compendex(r) and Inspec(r), and receive results delivered directly via RSS.” This brings EI up to where many other major providers have already arrived.
However, a nice additional feature they have added is a tool to create an HTML code from an article in their database that can be inserted into a blog:

The introduction of RSS feeds to EV2 expands upon the platform’s integration of the newest technologies to support engineering researchers with effective tools not commonly offered by traditional A&I services. Recognizing the potential of weblogs or blogs in the research process Engineering Village 2 is also offering a new “Blog this” feature supporting researchers in posting references to Engineering Village 2 documents to their personal blogs. Once researchers identify article references of interest, Engineering Village 2 will automatically generate HTML code to be pasted into a blog and contains a direct link to the referenced document. “Blog this” was created to support the growing number of engineering researchers using blogs as web based communication tools.

This new too, live today, generates the necessary code to link to an article — and a small EI2 image. The URL to the article is not an OpenURL, however. That would be a nice feature to offer customers who access articles through site-licensed organizations. If they know who you are when you find the citation, they should generate the URL with that organization’s resolver in place. But a great start, nonetheless.

Government Documents via RSS

Here’s a quick and easy way to augment your Government Documents collection: FirstGov, the U.S. Government’s web portal, now offers RSS feeds in a range of subjects. Each of these broad topics has a number of entries underneath — and they’re obviously planning for a lot more:

So if you’re interested in Product Safety Recalls (XML) or National Agricultural Statistics Service News (XML) — or lots of other stuff — here’s your place to go.
What a simple way to keep your patrons up to date on whatever part of the bureaucracy is of interest to them…
[Updated 19 May 2005 to correct URLs which I’d butchered by mistake.]