Friday, December 15, 2006

Firefox at the reference desk

My article, "Firefox at the Reference Desk," was just published today in the December 15th issue of Library Journal. You can read it online at the Library Journal web site. One thing that didn't make it into the final version of the article was a list of links to the resources discussed in my article:

BookBurro
http://bookburro.org/

Book Borough
http://userscripts.org/tag/brooklyn

Firefox 1.5
http://www.oldapps.com/firefox.htm

Firefox 2
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

IE Tab
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1419/

Internet Explorer 7
www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/

L2
http://lib20.com/blog/

Mycroft
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/

OpenURL Referrer
http://www.openly.com/openurlref/

Pearl Crescent Page Saver
http://pearlcrescent.com/products/pagesaver/

Snapper
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2703

After reading Dorothea Salo's post about how she requested a less restrictive agreement from Library Journal for the article she wrote for them, I followed her advice and am glad I did. While I am thanking people, I should really reserve special mention for Jay Datema at Library Journal for asking me to write the piece in the first place. He's got a great blog, Open Libraries, and a podcast that I highly recommend.

I wouldn't have met him if I hadn't gotten over my fears of being a non-techie person and attended Library Camp East earlier this fall. The last code I wrote was in the early 1980s when I was in high school and involved using Basic to sketch quadratic equations. In the past year, I've been subscribing to a number of blogs and podcasts that feature all sorts of code talk that is always far beyond me. Despite my limited understanding, I still try to plunge right into the posts and podcasts; I have even begun to glean useful tidbits (I'll do a separate post detailing the techie blogs I "read.") Some day (after tenure is secured, perhaps) I'll pursue my secret fantasy of being a librarian coder and will speak authoritatively about things that are just mere names to me now: Ruby on Rails, Lucene, Python, REST, SOAP, etc.

1 Comments:

At 9:42 AM , Blogger Oskar said...

http://emailofchris.googlepages.com/Snapper1.3.xpi is the new version of Snapper that works in Firefox 2.0

 

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