Behold! Our OPML File for all the Class Blogs in Section 02 & 17

Hello everyone! Please say hello to @elizabetholson. She is working with me this semester on an immersive WordPress independent study. She just finished the OPML for all the blog URLs. I am excited to add it to my Feedly and dive into your blogs.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 sections 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 your user profile pic and select Organize Sources
  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

51 thoughts on “Behold! Our OPML File for all the Class Blogs in Section 02 & 17

  1. laural

    Thanks @elizabetholson and @michael! That’s wonderful.
    I do have a question, and likely this is an “operator error” on my part, but I set up an account in Feedly and successfully imported the OPML, but it only shows me Learning Groups 2 and 3. Is anyone else experiencing this, or know of a fix to see all 4 Learning Groups?
    Apologies if I’m missing something!

    Thank you so much! 🙂

      1. laural

        That worked, thank you!
        I think what happened the first time, may have been that I navigated away from the OPML Import page while it was still uploading them all.

      1. piligrace

        Thank you for the quick response. I had added my own blog to my Feedly prior to starting the class, so I wonder why it does not show my name listed in the group. It may have thought it was a double?

          1. Michele Atwater

            @michael… Thanks once again, I think I have found that the master list for Learning Group 3 includes my blog. Clicking on the Feedly tab menus on the left of the GUI gives more detailed aggregated information of all the signed members for each of the assigned groups.

  2. Carol Ng-He

    This really opened a new whole new world for me! I was able to import the OPML AND created new feeds such as Library Journal and A Library Writer’s Blog. Thanks, @michael for introducing this great tool to us. Question – will this stay on after this semester? I opened this with my SJSU email account. Will I be able to access it even after I graduate?

  3. Liz Farinella

    Thank you @elizabetholson and @michael – you made it so easy. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and this site brought me a sense of order. Much appreciated and very useful. I am also curious about Carol’s question above – will access continue after graduation? Thanks ~ Liz

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