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District Dispatch encourages RSS subscription

pandafeedWe at District Dispatch want you to get the quickest and most reliable updates possible. For that reason, we encourage you to subscribe to our RSS (Rich Site Summary/Really Simple Syndication) feed. RSS is a relatively new technology that streamlines all your updates from a variety of blogs and news sources into one easy-to-read location.

Luckily,  there are myriad helpful explanations on-line for what RSS is, how it was developed and all of its other aspects. For our purposes, we will help you get started with the nuts and bolts so that you can receive District Dispatch updates immediately and consistently.

Of course, you are still welcome to subscribe via email. However, some of our readers have mentioned this method of subscription is somewhat unreliable. That is why we suggest rss RSS.

If you use Microsoft Office Outlook, then you are in luck. Microsoft has already supplied users with a step-by-step guide to rss subscription in Outlook. Through Outlook, you can receive RSS updates in the same program as your email.

Non-outlook users have several options. Mashable has created “The Ultimate RSS Toolbox,” which lays out other RSS feed aggregators and how they work. To make your choice easier, we recommend Google reader.

If you’re more receptive to audio/visual learning, the video tutorials available are almost endless. However you approach it, RSS or really simple syndication is just that–really simple. Good luck and happy reading!

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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