Creating a Current Awareness Service Using Yahoo! Pipes and LibGuides

  • Elizabeth Kiscaden Waldorf College


Migration from print to electronic journals brought an end to traditional current awareness services, which primarily utilized print routing. The emergence of Real Simple Syndication, or RSS feeds, and email alerting systems provided users with alternative services. To assist users with adopting these technologies, a service utilizing aggregate feeds to the library’s electronic journal content was created and made available through LibGuides. Libraries can resurrect current awareness services using current technologies to increase awareness and usage of library-provided electronic journal content. The current awareness service presented is an example of how libraries can build simple current awareness services utilizing freely accessible technologies.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Kiscaden, Waldorf College
Elizabeth Kiscaden ( holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science and is currently the library director of the Luise V. Hanson Library at Waldorf College.


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How to Cite
Kiscaden, E. (2014). Creating a Current Awareness Service Using Yahoo! Pipes and LibGuides. Information Technology and Libraries, 33(4), 51-56.