Behold! Our OPML File!

Hello everyone!

@christyb just finished the OPML for all the blog URLs shared in the OPML post. Woohoo – thanks Christy! I am excited to add it to my Feedly and dive into your blogs.
All the course activity and posts can seem like a raging waterfall but utilizing a feed reader will help you!

SO – here’s how it works…. I would strongly suggest using a feed reader (like Feedly) for our course and for the future. You can easily import the class OPML into your reader and have access to all the student blogs and our main course blog in a “collection.” Then, you may want to find other blogs to follow as you grow your own professional and personal set of feeds. I read all kinds of entertainment, tech, and lifestyle blogs/sites in my feeds.

Download the OPML here!

We have a full and rich roster of folks. We used first names in the feed titles because it helps me get to know you all.  Note: I hope we didn’t make any mistakes!!

I would suggest downloading it to your desktop (via whatever method of mouse clicks you use on your computing platform) and then importing the file into reader of your choice. Make sure the file extension is .opml  I suggest Feedly and use it in the steps below.

So here’s the challenge to some fearless #hyperlib student – please add the OPML to your reader and report back here in a comment!

For some background, view this video:

Second, follow these steps if you are using Feedly:

  1. Set up an account with Feedly
  2. Read over this helpful page: https://blog.feedly.com/opml/
  3. Click on the Settings style wheel in the sidebar near the word FEEDS
  4. In the Organize Sources window locate the import OPML button
  5. Click on Import OPML and locate the file you saved above or drag and drop the file if your browser supports that functionality.
  6. Follow the directions on the import screen: Choose file and Import
  7. You are ready to go!

Other sites will import differently but the OPML is a standard file type.

Here’s a screenshot:

AND – you may want to read this post at the school’s Career Blog : https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/top-10-blogs-mlis-students-add-rss-feeds

When I first started the iSchool MLIS program, I was kind of overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new information coming at me – and not just in my classes. I’m a career transition student, so I didn’t start with years of (or any) library experience. This meant that my learning curve was quite steep. The LIS profession has its own acronyms, people of note, corners of the internet, and values that my new-student-self wanted to take in. One step was aligning my social media diet to my new career/life plans and goals.

Another (relatively easy) step I took was setting up an RSS feed. I’d followed various blogs for years, but I had always just visited each site as part of my internet reading routine. I’d go to each my favorites, see if there was anything new, read (or save for later), and move on to the next one. I was super resistant to RSS and I have no idea why. But I set up my free Feedly account, and since then, I’ve not once regretted it, and there’s no way I’m giving it up. It saves me so, so, so much time, and these days I’ll take all the time-saving tricks I can.

Image: Snoqualmie Falls, Washington in the 70s

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