AEA Journal Table of Contents Alerts: This feed includes Tables of Contents (TOCs) from the four journals available electronically to all members of the American Evaluation Association: The American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Evaluation and the Health Professions, and Evaluation Review. Frequency: 18 times per year as TOCs as journal content becomes available online to AEA members. Learn more and access the subscription page
AEA Career Center Job Postings Feed: This feed includes the names and locations of new positions added to the AEA job bank. Frequency: Each workday in which new job postings have been added within the last 24-hours. Learn more and access the subscription page
AEAWeb: AEA's Evaluation Headlines and Resources feed includes very short updates on items of interest in the AEA Community, one might think of it as headline news. These are added to daily and compiled each Sunday. Frequency: In realtime OR weekly via RSS, weekly via email Learn more and access the subscriptions page
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. It is a way to subscribe to regularly updated website content and have it delivered to an RSS Reader. In order to subscribe to an RSS feed, you must use an RSS reader. The following short (under 4 minute) video from CommonCraft has one of the most understandable explanations of what RSS is and how to get started.
Why would I want to sign up for RSS feeds?
RSS has at least two advantages over other options for accessing content. First, it aggregates content from multiple sources into one place. You can check your reader for updates rather than checking multiple websites, blogs, news programs, etc. Second, many feeds - including those from AEA (see below) - bring into a single information source updates that you may otherwise miss. For instance, by signing up for the Table of Contents alerts, you are made aware of the new journal content the same day that it becomes available or by signing up for the new jobs alerts you may gain the leg up over other applicants by knowing of openings the same day that they are posted.
Where do I find RSS feeds?
AEA's feeds are listed above as well as in the relevant sections of the AEA website. Generally, you want to look for notices to "subscribe to my feed" or for variants on the following icons button on a webpage or blog. Note that there are an uncounted number of feeds out there - literally hundreds of thousands - not only from AEA but from sources across the content spectrum and around the world. You may want to put "RSS Directory" into your search engine - there are over fifty RSS directories, many of them with a particular content focus.
Where do I get an RSS reader?
In order to subscribe to an RSS feed, you need an RSS reader. There are lots of readers, also called feed aggregators, out there. A list of readers may be found on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_feed_aggregators, but here are a few that are widely used and are free (note that you need only one):
Google Reader sets up a google webpage on which to access and read your feeds
FeedDemon sets up an RSS reading space on your Windows desktop
Feedly is an add-on for your Firefox browser that sends feeds to a page in firefox