The Eclectic

Time moves in one direction, memory in another. – William Gibson

RSS and the Library

Posted by David Leslie on August 24, 2004

The other day I was checking out at the Dublin branch of the CML. After the last DVD was scanned, I started with my pile out the door. The librarian stopped me to hand me my receipt. I thanked her and mentioned that I don’t really need the receipt since I check the items on my card via the website and with the new email alert feature.

Then it hits me, why not use RSS? The information for my current checkout and holds are in metadata already plus my reader could do the checking for me whenever it scans for updates. It would also be a handly way to shair what I’m reading these days.

Now what about email you ask? Email is nice for an item by item update for when things are due or holds that are available for pickup. RSS shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for email. What RSS will do is offer the big picture of what is out and on reserve at the time of the last check.

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2 Responses to “RSS and the Library”

  1. Anonymous said

    This is dumb

  2. Anonymous said

    4 years of grade school and that’s all you can come up with? Lamer.

    -Dave M.

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