Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today the availability of two new RSS (Really Simple Syndication) capabilities for Millennium. The first offering will give libraries the tools they need to display RSS feeds in any number of locations in the online catalog. The second offering, a new product called Millennium Feed Builder, will allow staff to send the results of any Boolean query of the Millennium database as an RSS feed. This means that the library can deliver highly targeted, dynamically updated news and information. These new abilities will allow libraries to demonstrate their value as information aggregators and distributed content providers without the hassle of manual maintenance or the content limitations of static web pages. Best of all, both RSS capabilities can be easily set up without the need for third-party servers, programming, or knowledge of XML.
Development partner Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Library recognized early the opportunity to use this technology to position the library as a key information resource. The Library will use Millennium's RSS capabilities to send timely library holdings information and personalized messages to the Law School's online portal. "Our users are familiar with RSS feeds as they use them to stay current with the news or their special interest groups," says Associate Director for Technical Services Mary Jane Kelsey. "It seems to us that the library should be part of that information stream."
Online Catalog to Accept Incoming RSS Feeds
At present, the Millennium Web OPAC provides a sample set of customizable HTML pages that the library can modify to fit its particular needs. The incoming RSS enhancement allows staff to insert a token into the HTML code of these pages. This token displays any RSS feed—from national publications, to special interest magazines, to librarian web logs—at any location in the online catalog where it is inserted. All that the library staff has to know is the URL of the feed. Staff can choose the number of headlines that display and whether or not to show the description or date for each entry.
Millennium Feed Builder to Send Outgoing RSS Messages from Library Catalog
Millennium Feed Builder will allow libraries to publish the results of any staff Boolean search of the Millennium catalog as an RSS feed. This will direct the most recent information about a particular subject, publisher, author, or items at a certain location to patrons. Feed Builder will bring dynamic and useful library content to pages maintained by subject specialists, university or government departments, or any leading light in a library community and will let patrons experience the library as a disseminator of strategic information that is part of their daily knowledge gathering process.
This new product can reduce the time between acquisition and use of new materials. It will also cast the library in the role of daily information provider as part of the mix of news, magazines, and blogs found in patrons' feed readers. Library staff can also create special review files that Feed Builder will transmit to anywhere in cyberspace regarding special topics such as award winning books, library staff picks, books by local authors, or any other topic of interest.
"This is a powerful and elegant set of abilities offering many possibilities for libraries," says Innovative Product Manager Dinah Sanders. "There are many ways to tie these tools together for the benefit of libraries and their patrons. For example, academic library staff can create a multi-featured library home page for a campus department with relevant feeds from within the library, headlines from key publications in the field, library finding aids, et cetera. Public libraries could create RSS feeds of new titles with the headline, 'Your Bond Dollars at Work.' Whatever libraries need to communicate to their communities will now be easier."
Both the incoming RSS feed capability and the Millennium Feed Builder will be offered with the 2006LE Millennium release scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2005.
About The Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School
The Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School provides community and visiting scholars from around the globe with ready access to one of the world's finest collections of print and online legal resources. With over a million volumes in print and microform and approximately 10,000 active serial titles, the breadth of the collection is exceptional. Special strengths of the collection include materials emphasizing law and the social sciences, and a 200,000-volume foreign and international law collection.
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products such as the Millennium integrated library management platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.