40 Useful Firefox Add-Ons for Librarians – Part One

Firefox has quickly become my number-one browser since I grudgingly tried it out a few months ago. It is very adaptable and customizable between all of its add-ons and themes, and is compatible with just about every application that I use regularly with the exception of my Settlers of Catan game from MSN. But by the same token, with over 1,900 add-ons, it’s difficult to wade through them all to find the ones which might be useful. Here are a few suggestions to get you started, but please feel free to leave your favorites in the comments!

General Interest Add-ons

Twitterbar; Twitterbar – This handy add-on lets you post to Twitter from your browser’s address bar, even allowing you to post URL tweets (puts “Currently Browsing:” in front of the url).
For those Twitter-holics out there, you might also check out Twitbin which is a Twitter sidebar for your browser, also very nice.
screengrab Screengrab – Similar to the SnagIt program, this add-on will save webpages as images. You can choose to save the entire page, regions of a page, or just what is visible in the window. Sweet!
Foxsaver; FoxSaver – This pleasant add-on turns your idle browser into a digital photo frame which displays the FoxSaver photos or your own.
Facebook Addon Facebook Toolbar – This toolbar add-on integrates the popular social network into your browser providing a search box, notifications, a friends interface, and a share button enabling you to quickly post pages to your profile.
foxytunes; FoxyTunes – Recently released as part of the Firefox Campus Edition which bundled this along with Zotero and StumbleUpon add-ons for college students, FoxyTunes lets you manipulate just about any media player from within your browser. Listen to music while you surf, search for lyrics, videos, bios, etc. with a right click – works with iTunes, Windows Media Player, Real Player, Pandora and many others.
map+; Map + – View a Yahoo! Map of any address you select without having to open a new browser or tab. For those of you who prefer Google maps, check out MapThis.
Digg This! – For those who love to digg stories, this add-on will be most convenient – adding the digg option to the right-click menu, Tools menu, and optionally to the toolbar.
snapshots; Snap Shots for Firefox – From the folks at Snap, this add-on provides you with a Snap preview of a website whenever you mouseover a link – see images and descriptions before clicking into any link.
fireshot Fireshot – This amazing add-on takes screenshots of webpages and then give you the tools to annotate them, and enables you to save them in multiple file formats.
pdf download PDF Download – This time-saver will offer you a choice for viewing .pdf files as .pdf documents or HTML, as well as whether you want to view it in your browser, in your .pdf reader, or download it.
meebo1.png; Meebo – This add-on sets up all your buddy lists in a persistant browser sidebar so you can IM while you surf, also allowing you to drag-and-drop images and webpage links onto your friends.
Email This! – This time-saving add-on will send recipients the link, title, and highlighted text of any webpage you are viewing using any of these email programs: GMail, Google Apps GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Stand-Alone Mail Clients like Outlook Express, Thunderbird, & More. Works through a toolbar or right-click menu, or a browser menu.

Stay tuned for more…