Staying Updated: Using the University Libraries News Channels

Welcome! The UT Libraries are now offering News Channels to help keep you informed about our events and resources.

There are two ways to stary informed using our News Channels:

1. Bookmark our News Channels and visit back often
or
2. Add our News Channels to your news reader.

What is a news reader? (sometimes also called news aggregators, RSS readers, feed readers, or readers)
Readers are software or web-based applications that allow you to select and read many websites using a common interface. Instead of having to visit each site individually, you can read all of the sites that you have selected in one convenient format.

How do I get a news reader?
There are many free readers that can be found at Web Compendium.

What is a blog?
A blog, or weblog, is a regularly updated website that lists its entries in reverse chronological order and offers a way to syndicate the site though feeds.

What are feeds? (sometimes also called news feeds, xml feeds, RSS Feeds, or RSS)
Feeds are an XML versions of blog posts that can be read by Readers. Feeds are respresented by the orange xml button, a RSS button, or possibly text that says “Syndicate this Site” or “RSS Feed”.

How do I add a blog to my news reader?
With most news readers, feeds can be added by dragging and dropping the XML button, RSS button, or the “Syndicate this Site” link into your Reader.

How do I start my own blog?
The UT Libraries use software from Moveable Type, which is modestly priced for educational institutions. However, there are many free blog hosting services that you may wish to investigate, with the most popular being Blogger. Many other blog hosting services are listed at Web Compendium.

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