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How to read the LibNet blog in Outlook

By Robert Drinkall, on 25 July 2013

Did you know that you can set up a feed for the LibNet blog in Outlook and you can then read blog posts in the same way that you read your email?

Folders before the feed has been added

Outlook folders

If you’d like to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the ‘RSS Feeds’ folder (pictured, right) in the left-hand pane of Outlook and choose ‘Add a New RSS Feed…’ from the menu
  2. Paste the following URL into the ‘New RSS feed’ box which appears and click ‘Add’: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/libnet/feed/
  3. Answer ‘Yes’ to the ‘Add this RSS Feed to Outlook’ window which follows

A new folder called ‘LibNet staff news’ should then appear under the ‘RSS Feeds’ folder in the left-hand pane and blog posts will appear here.

folders-feed-added

Subscribe to particular categories rather than every post

If you only want to subscribe to posts that belong to one category, e.g. “User experience”, instead of all posts you can do this also. The process is the same as above, except the URL to paste is different.

To get the URL for the category, click on the relevant link in the right column of the blog, under ‘Categories’. Now take the URL in your address bar and simply append ‘feed/’ to the end.

So, using the User Experience example, the URL to paste into Outlook would be: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/libnet/category/user-experience/feed/

You can have as many category feeds as you wish.

Full article or snippet

Lastly, if you select ‘Advanced’ from the ‘Add this RSS Feed to Outlook’ window you can opt to get the full article in the email rather than a snippet and hyperlink to the full article.

Deleting feeds

If you want to stop subscribing to the blog you can right-click on the relevant folder in Outlook and select ‘Delete Folder’.

Still getting emails?

If you find that you’re still getting emails each time a new post is added, then this is likely because you are subscribed to the blog inside WordPress.

Unsubscribing yourself will fix the issue. Instructions on how to unsubscribe from the blog are available.

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