Mozilla Firefox has become the browser of choice for many librarians. We love this upstart for its
tabbing browsing, pop-up blocking, and security features. What really sets Firefox apart, though,
are the free extensions that are available to customize and enhance its functionality. Extensions
add power and fun to Firefox. This session will look at Firefox's history and development, cover
the basics of finding and installing extensions, show several "must have" extensions in action, and
explore the big pictures issues raised by users taking control of the software they use.
Take control of your Web browsing experience and pick up some fun and useful tricks that
help you get more mileage out of your Web browser. Discover extensions (special add on tools) to
add to your copy of Firefox that will save you time and make some of your favourite tasks easier
to do. Explore the potential impact of a Web browser designed for extensibility for yourself
and your library users.
Who Should Participate?
No experience with Firefox is necessary. Anyone interested in taking control of their Web browsing
experience should attend.
Key Topics You Will Explore
Firefox history and background
Basics: Overview of basic features
Basics: Finding, installing, and maintaining extensions
Demonstration of "must-have" extensions
Discussion of the big picture issues raised by the popularity of Firefox and Firefox
Rachel Bridgewater is the Reference Coordinator at Washington State University Vancouver. Rachel
frequently speaks about technology topics at local, national, and international conferences. In
her talks, Rachel often addresses the impact of emerging technologies on culture, learning, and
teaching. Though she most frequently speaks about technology, her primary research interest is
information policy. Prior to joining the faculty at WSU Vancouver, Rachel worked at Fort Vancouver