Behold! Our OPML File for all the Class Blogs in Section 02

Hello everyone! After much work, we have completed the OPML creation and organization.

I appreciate all the participation feedback you gave on my post about how we would organize the feeds.

I am super excited to read your intro posts via all the feeds I just added to my Feedly. All the course activity and posts can seem like a raging waterfall but utilizing a feed reader will help you! And savvy information professionals use news aggregators such as Feedly to stay current on topics of interest.

If you are using a feed reader (like Feedly), you can easily import this into your reader and have access to all the student blogs in our sections of INFO 200. Also, there could be additions, but I will post those individually for you to add.

Download the OPML here.

The OPML populates your reader with a collections of feeds made up of student blogs from my section of 200 and our Section Site course blog newsfeed and activity feed.

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. I suggest Feedly and use it in the steps below.

So here’s the challenge to some fearless INFO 200 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.

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

21 thoughts on “Behold! Our OPML File for all the Class Blogs in Section 02

  1. Jennifer Ford

    I imported the OMPL and now have all of the class blogs on my Feedly page. It was relatively simple, and now I can access everything on the same page! Definitely worth the effort. Thanks, Michael for the helpful instructions.

  2. Mariah Robbins

    I learned about RSS feeds a few years ago in a class I was taking for my Library Science Technology degree, but we were not required to blog or follow any blog expect for the class site. I was not engaged in the blogosphere, so I really did not see much use for RSS feeds back then. With the MLIS program it seems to be an essential tool just by the sheer number of library blogs available.

  3. Vanessa Bateman

    I was definitely intimidated when I first read this post, I wasn’t sure how easy it was going to be. But I was able to download the file and get it all set up in Freedly in a matter of minutes! It was super easy with the directions that are posted here and now everything is in one place so I’m sure it’ll make things easier!

  4. Gabriel Knight

    I tried to upload the OPML file from the sidebar, but it turns out I had to back completely out and sign in another way. It took longer, but I managed to get there! It’s interesting seeing how my feed looks with everyone’s activity on it.

          1. Michael Ulrich

            Haha. Wow! You are on top of all things TP. It took me close to a year to get around to watching Season 3, but I was not disappointed — Lynch in peak form working on his biggest (figurative) canvas to date. The episode “Gotta Light” is a masterpiece on its own terms, too. Have you taken part in any TP groups/meet ups/fan clubs over the years?

          2. Michael Stephens Post author

            @mjulrich Episode 8 was a indeed a masterpiece. I have preorder the giant blu ray box set out this Christmas.

            I never made it to any fan gatherings but I did go out to Washington in 1993 and tour all of the filming sites. I need to get back.

            I will NEVER forget the summer of 2017 watching The Return.

  5. Michelle Beske

    Likely an ignorant question, but does this change how you would like us to submit our blog#2 post? I need to post today or tomorrow and don’t want to do so incorrectly. Feedly up and running. I was hesitant to try it, but, wow! Thank you!

  6. Hannah

    Awesome! I had a few moments of confusion but I figured it out. I wasn’t able drag and drop so I had to download the file to my computer which my computer saved in a random place but I was able to find it when I did the import/download. This is perfect for keeping up on everything that is going on in our class. Also, if anyone was wondering, Feedly also has a app, which is handy to have ‘on the go’.

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