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Doing the Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation is “looking(Mozilla Foundation Looking for Names of Organizations That Have Switched to Mozilla)”: for organizations that have made the switch to their products. The question being “asked(Mozilla Foundation Seeking Switch Success Stories)”: at Slashdot, are there any libraries among them? If you don’t know why this is worth considering, you “certainly should(Security Holes Sinking IE)”:,1759,1624089,00.asp. It is a big step, though. I would love to do it, but we have too many patrons using sites that are IE-only. But I am going to consider offering both, just as soon as Firefox reaches “1.0(Firefox 1.0 Roadmap)”: Among staff, though, Firefox and Thunderbird are growing in popularity, although we still have a few staff members stuck (mainly due to e-mail) in the Netscape 4.x era, believe it or not.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.