News Breaks blog (owned by Information Today) posted about two new developments this week: FindLaw website delivering court summaries via RSS and Cambridge University offering educational videos and audios trough iTunes.
FindLaw announced "up-to-the-minute" court opinions and case summaries available through RSS feeds. The summaries are written by attorney-editors at the Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters of FindLaw, tagged by jurisdiction and law topic, and then fed into an RSS (really simple syndication) feed that automatically sends updates to subscribers.
Adding RSS feed is a must for a busy website. Librarians are familiar with FindLaw, one of the highest trafficking legal websites on the Net and if you havent bookmarked the site yet, better do it now.
Available to users worldwide, Cambridge’s iTunes U channel features a variety of content from faculty members and other experts. Currently, more than 300 audio and video tracks are available, including podcasts from David Starkey’s history of Cambridge, interviews with the university’s Nobel Prize winners, and an exploration of the school’s code-breaking exploits during World War II.
Harvard also has presence on iTunes and this is not surprising. The top universities are simply going where their users are. I hope that libraries will follow, because they can offer sample library classes, story times, and podcasts of distinguished library guests.