A Dead Simple New Books RSS feed
Here is my dead simple new book RSS feed recipe that I'm currently using on a LibGuide.
- One CSV file with book info (how to get this will vary)
- A Dropbox Account
- A Yahoo Pipes Acount
CSV flie - MPOW has an ILS that doesn't produce RSS. Well not for free anyhow. Lord knows there is lots of computation required so I can see why you wouldn't want to just do that. However the ILS will spit out information about bibliographic material based on certain criteria. For me a colleague generates a list once a month of all the books that came purchased on a specific account. The data comes as an excel file but with easy modifications I cook up a CSV file with two column: URL,TITLE
Like I mentioned how you get this file is subject to change. You need to have a benevolent soul in the Acquisitions department most likely.
DropBox - Every DropBox account has something called a 'Public' directory. If you place any file in that directory it will be publically accessible on the internet. Take your previously created CSV file and plop it into that directory and copy the public link.
Yahoo Pipes - Yahoo pipes is a pretty nifty service that can do lots of crazy things. It can make interesting RSS feeds from's Craigslist and lots more. (I'm sure you could probably also use ifttt instead of Yahoo Pipes). Basically what you want to do is have Yahoo Pipes check the CSV file in your Public Dropbox directory and then turn that into an RSS feed. The good news is that I've created a Pipe that does that already. You can simply 'Clone' it and change the URL in the appropriate Fetch CSV box:
Change the Higlighed URL to the one you got from the last step.
As long as your CSV file is structured in the same way mine is (URL,TITLE) than it should work for you. No fuss no muss.
Mmmm, low effort RSS feed.
The final product in situ can be found here.