Publications by RSS - Wisconsin Shows How

by Ray Matthews on March 22, 2004 at 04:16 PM

The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) now has their publications syndicated as RSS channels. These publications are brief discussions about the Wisconsin government and the state legislature in particular, and public policy issues facing the legislature. The office also prepares the Wisconsin Blue Book, the almanac of Wisconsin government, and assists with decennial redistricting.

Steven R. Miller, Chief of the Bureau reports that at "Subscribe to LRB News Feeds" they now have RSS channels for eleven publication series and one for each of twenty-one subject areas. So for example, if you were interested in following State and Local Government in Wisconsin, you could learn about new briefs through the categoryRSS feed.

What a wonderful idea! Too bad more libraries don't offer RSS feeds for new acquisitions. Publishers, too, could follow the lead of the LRB and and offer specialized category feeds to alert potential customers of new offerings in subject matters of interest.

The Research and Information Services section of the LRB also responds to requests from legislators and from the public about legislation and government and they provide assistance with legislative history and research. While is common service in other states, few library staffs in the country can claim to provide a service like this of collecting and publishing answers to user queries. Wisconsin Briefs, for example, is a series of well-researched answers in PDF format to Frequently Asked Questions, and they are now syndicated using RSS.

Well done, Wisconsin!