First I looked at browser-based RSS readers in IE7 and in Firefox. I can see that these might suit some users, especially if they always work with a particular computer or only have a small number of feeds, but this approach to feeds is definitely not for me.
I prefer to work with a web-based RSS reader, since I tend to work on different computers and like to be able access things remotely.
As you can see, I use Google Reader a lot! I tend to use 'list' mode so I can scan the headlines, getting an overview of what's been going on before clicking into the headlines that interest me.
I like the fact that I can sort feeds into different folders to browse related feeds all at once. It's also possible to mark things to read later or to email an item of interest to yourself or a friend if you want to take a bit longer reading things.
MyAthens was new to me, since I don't have a personal account. I logged on using the issue desk account and added a new feed to the page there. This could be very useful to medical staff and students if they wish to draw all work-related information into one place.
So how could RSS feeds be used in the medical library? The most obvious use is internally, to stay aware of what is happening in the medical field so that we can then inform our users (or know what they're talking about when they ask us!)
Another good use might be to pull recent book acquisitions and the tables of contents of journals we subscribe to into the medical library website via RSS so that staff and students can also see at a glance what is new in the library.
Now, off to delete the things I added to the issue desk...