VALA2006 Session 4 Jeffries

VALA2006Exploring the application of RSS for library staff professional development and SDI services

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 4: New Technology
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 14:35 – 15:05
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperSandra Jeffries

Manager Client Services, University of Southern Queensland Library

Corey Wallis

Electronic Services Officer, University of Southern Queensland Library

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Blog and XML feed technologies have provided new opportunities for information dissemination and communication. The University of Southern Queensland Library developed a virtual professional Reading Room using these technologies to provide a centralised, easily-accessible source for professional reading, based on SDI principles. The Reading Room also provides a discussion space so that Library staff can exchange views on readings of interest. This paper outlines the goals of the initiative, the processes used to establish the Reading Room, and the challenges dealt with along the way. Finally, it provides a preliminary evaluation of outcomes of the initiative and plans for the future.