I’m a big fan of RSS feeds! They are the best way for me to learn about new things, keep up with new developments and stay in touch with the larger world. If I had to go to all of the sites that I subscribe to I’d never have time to actually read what they write.
Using RSS allows me to try new sites that I may forget about without it. When I’m reading a site and they link to another site I may subscribe to it in my RSS reader to see what I can learn. Without RSS I would probably forget about checking the site and miss something interesting.
I prefer using the RSS feed over browser bookmarks because it is portable. I can check my feed at the reference desk, at my desk in the back, at home and while on vacation. I am not tied to one computer in order to get my news.
I use Google Reader because I’ve had a Google account for a while and didn’t feel like setting up another account with Bloglines.