20 Amazing Chrome Extensions for Librarians

If you’re into library science and Google Chrome, then you may already know about book readers such as the netLibrary eBook Reader and the eBook Search at the Chrome Web Store — a shop just for Chrome users. But, you may not know about some other extensions that can make your library life easier — such as security extensions, productivity tools, science (as in science other than library science) extensions and other reference materials. This list of 20 amazing Chrome extensions for librarians offers just a handful of some curious and begging-to-be-used extensions just for you.

Security

Be Kind to Your Librarian

  1. BugMeNot: This extension protects you from advertising spam generated by the sites that require registration to view content. When you come across such a Web site and activate BugMeNot, if registration information is available in its database, it will use that information to log in into the Web site.
  2. Click&Clean: This innovative extension will clean up all traces of Internet activity by deleting browsing history, removing download history, erasing temporary files, clearing cookies, and emptying the cache.
  3. WOT (Web of Trust): The WOT add-on is a crowd-sourced safe surfing tool that shows reputation ratings next to search results. Symbols indicate which Web sites are safe for surfing, shopping, and searching. The ratings are powered by a global community of millions of users who have rated millions of Web sites based on their experiences.

Productivity

  1. AdBlock and AdBlock Plus: Adblock Plus for Google Chrome was created by the Adblock Plus community, an open-source movement that is supported by many voluntary contributors who aim to make the internet better for everyone by eliminating bad advertisements. Both extensions prevent all ads from adding on any Web page. AdBlock Plus is still in beta.
  2. Text a Librarian

  3. Diigo Bookmark: This extension has bookmark, highlight, and add sticky note features. Perfect for research.
  4. FastestChrome: This extension’s Endless Pages feature automatically loads the next page just before you reach the end so that you don’t have to click “Next” or wait. It also allows you to look up definitions instantly by highlighting a word, and it automatically turns text URLs into links.
  5. Google Quick Scroll: This extension helps you find what you’re searching for faster, and can also be used for information skimming and scanning. After you click on a Google search result, Quick Scroll may appear on the bottom-right corner of the page, showing one or more bits of text from the page that are relevant to your query. Clicking on the text will take you to that part of the page.
  6. MuteTab: MuteTab provides a centralized way to manage sounds in Google Chrome. It tracks down where a sound is coming from by maintaining and displaying a list of all possible sound sources, and it provides a menu of sound-related operations that can be applied to any or all tabs.
  7. Xmarks: Xmarks synchronizes across multiple computers and across web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Xmarks also synchronizes open tabs across computers and browsers.

Tools

  1. Any New Books: This extension is a notification service developed to alert you to new books in any of 42 categories. The notifications are sent out weekly in the form of a digest of new book releases.
  2. The Daring Librarian

  3. Cloudy Calculator: Formerly named Chromey Calculator, this extension generates results using Google and Wolfram-Alpha. It features persistent printer tape style history, persistent links to the original source of each result, and persistent user variables.
  4. Nicetranslator: Nicetranslator allows you to translate into up to 51 languages in real time, as you type. Simply select which languages to translate to and start typing. The extension also auto-detects languages.

Science

  1. BioDigital Human: This is a 3D platform that simplifies the understanding of anatomy, disease, and treatments. Interactive tools for exploring, dissecting, and sharing custom views, combined with detailed medical descriptions provide an innovative way to learn about the human body.
  2. Planetarium: Planetarium is an interactive sky map of the stars and planets, customizable by longitude/latitude and time of day. Because it includes all stars that are visible to the naked eye, you can pick out a star in the sky and look it up in the extension.
  3. Popular Science Magazine’s Chrome Edition: This extension features the best content from recent issues of the magazine, delivering science and technology news that’s simple to navigate and easy to share in a dynamic and interactive platform. It features interactive videos, multiple layers of content, and big photographs with zoom and pan.

Misc. Reference

Maker Faire Librarians

  1. 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web: This illustrated online book describes the evolution of browsers and how the internet has changed since its inception. In a playful, lively way it gives answers to such important questions as what’s a cookie, how do I protect myself on the Web, and what happens if a truck runs over my laptop?
  2. Art Project: Art Project is a collaboration with art museums that enables people to view more than 1,000 artworks online. Using Google’s street view technology, users can move around in museums and navigate though interactive floor plans. In Artwork View, they can use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. By expanding the info panel, users can read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist, and watch related YouTube videos.
  3. GradeGuru: GradeGuru is a study network for college students that enables them to connect with classmates and share class notes, get help and feedback and share study materials, find class notes to help them study, and access 50,000+ study materials created by students from 1,400+ schools.
  4. Image Definitions for Dictionary: This extension inserts relevant images from Flickr.com into popular dictionary Web sites to help users get a richer understanding of the words they are looking up.
  5. Wikihood: Combining Wikipedia and Google Maps, the Wikihood World Browser provides a wealth of cultural, economic, and historical information about any location in the world — either one’s current location or a remote one.