There is a wealth of information freely available online that can help you find fresh ideas, inspiring people, great tools, book reviews and more.
But where to begin? To make it easy for you to incorporate professional reading into your library routine, we have put together a bundle of RSS feeds that are perfect for school librarians. RSS feeds help you keep up to date with all the newest content from a website, by sending updates to you as they happen.
To get started with our feed bundle, you will need
- an RSS feed reader application that allows OPML import (such as Feedly, The Old Reader) or email software such as Microsoft Outlook
- this OPML file containing the curated blog feeds
- some time set aside regularly for professional reading
When you have imported the OPML file, your feed reader will be full of blog posts, and at first that can seem overwhelming. Your application will have an option to "Mark All as Read", and you might want to do this initially to clear the back-log, and then start reading later in the day with fewer, fresh posts to read. Removing any individual feeds that aren't pertinent to your situation will help keep things manageable, too.
If you’re not already using RSS feeds to make professional reading a regular part of your library learning, there’s no time like the present to get started!
Please leave suggestions in the comments here if you have any ‘essential reads’ that you think we should add to our bundle of feeds.
Professional Development Team Leader
Instructions for importing an OPML file into a variety of applications can be found here.