In the post I discuss what this means, including:
- anyone who has the responsibility of ordering books can now pull together all these feeds into one continuous feed, and watch for new book titles of interest from one place instead of several (such as websites, email messages about individual books, newsletters, direct mail marketing, catalogues, and publisher rep visits);
- individuals can set up filters to sort out just those titles of interest;
- titles filtered for specific topics could be reposted to intranet pages that cover those topic areas;
- the law librarian associations could create some of these filtered feeds for their members, so not everyone has to reinvent the wheel;
- Canada continues as the top country for legal publisher RSS feeds (I still have to verify this one);
- the publishers, once they learn what an RSS feed and how to put them into place, will think of other interesting uses for this technology.
Our intention is to have the orders then appear in the catalogue for our user group so they can see what new books are coming in. It is all part of an effort to buy publications and get them on the shelf as soon as they are available.
Someone who is really keen might use a filter to sort the new title feeds by subject, and re-feed to a subject-oriented intranet page. A feature could be built to allow the target audience (lawyers, articling students) to easily request the library purchase a new title. I'm not sure off-hand how that would be done, but there must be a way to do it quite easily. (If you figure out how, please let us know!)
How will you use the new title feeds? If you have an interesting use, please let us know in the comments!