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Join Us – Choosing the Right Tool: Tips for Navigating the Taxonomy Software Market

Speaker : STEPHANIE LEMIEUX

Wed, Jul 25, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Taxonomy Division Members (Free) :  Register Here >>

Non-Members ($30.00) : Register Here >>

About the Webinar:

While taxonomy development and management may seem like a niche area, there is actually a robust choice of tools to choose from if you’re looking for technological support. They range from simple, inexpensive standalone tools to robust suites with lots of bells and whistles like text analytics and search enhancement modules. But how do you know you need a tool, and which one is right for you? Stephanie Lemieux will walk through the main types of software and introduce some of the factors you should consider when making a choice of software vendor to make for a happy taxonomy marriage.

About the Speaker:
Stephanie is President and Principal Consultant of Dovecot Studio. She is a consultant and passionate advocate of taxonomy, search and other marvellous pursuits in content organization. She uses her taxonomy powers to help
organizations big and small create better information environments.
Stephanie has been working in the information management industry for nearly a decade. Prior to focusing her energies on Dovecot Studio, she was a senior consultant and taxonomy practice lead with Earley & Associates where she worked with such organizations as Best Buy, AstraZeneca, American Greetings and Motorola.
She speaks, blogs and writes whenever she can to help spread the good taxonomy word. You can find her most recent work in the 1st volume of Information Management Best Practices – “Integrating Taxonomy and Content Management”.

Stephanie has a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from McGill University with a specialization in knowledge management.

About the Taxonomy Division Professional Development Series:
As part of our Professional Development member benefits, the Taxonomy Division hosts webinars on Taxonomy and related topics. These webinars and recordings are Free to all Taxonomy Division Members. Non-members register for individual webinars for a fee ($30). We invite you to include membership in the Taxonomy Division ($20), to attend the webinar for Free and access recordings of all previous webinars.

Taxonomy Member Registration (Free) >>

Non-Member Registration ($30.00) >>

 

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Choosing the Right Tool: Tips for Navigating the Taxonomy Software Market

Save the Date! Registration Information coming Soon…

Speaker: STEPHANIE LEMIEUX

Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

About the Webinar:

While taxonomy development and management may seem like a niche area, there is actually a robust choice of tools to choose from if you’re looking for technological support. They range from simple, inexpensive standalone tools to robust suites with lots of bells and whistles like text analytics and search enhancement modules. But how do you know you need a tool, and which one is right for you? Stephanie Lemieux will walk through the main types of software and introduce some of the factors you should consider when making a choice of software vendor to make for a happy taxonomy marriage.

About the Speaker:

Stephanie is President and Principal Consultant of Dovecot Studio. She is a consultant and passionate advocate of taxonomy, search and other marvellous pursuits in content organization. She uses her taxonomy powers to help organizations big and small create better information environments.
Stephanie has been working in the information management industry for nearly a decade. Prior to focusing her energies on Dovecot Studio, she was a senior consultant and taxonomy practice lead with Earley & Associates where she worked with such organizations as Best Buy, AstraZeneca, American Greetings and Motorola.
She speaks, blogs and writes whenever she can to help spread the good taxonomy word. You can find her most recent work in the 1st volume of Information Management Best Practices – “Integrating Taxonomy and Content Management”.

Stephanie has a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from McGill University with a specialization in knowledge management.

About the Taxonomy Division Professional Development Series:
As part of our Professional Development member benefits, the Taxonomy Division hosts webinars on Taxonomy and related topics. These webinars and recordings are Free to all Taxonomy Division Members. Non-members register for individual webinars for a fee ($30). We invite you to include membership in the Taxonomy Division ($20), to attend the webinar for Free and access recordings of all previous webinars.

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Taxonomy Boot Camp London – Member Discount

 

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SLA Taxonomy Division has partnered London’s Taxonomy Boot Camp to secure a 25% discount on the full conference fee for our members to attend. Join us in London this October to explore and debate the growing use of taxonomies to drive data, content, information processes and more.  You’ll find everything you need to get started if you’re brand new to taxonomies, including:

  • Essential tips you can start applying right away to managing your taxonomy
  • New approaches to dealing with common issues such as getting business buy-in, and governance
  • Latest applications of taxonomies including NLP, semantics and machine learning
  • How to make the most of cutting-edge technologies and industry-leading software
  • Need to know more? www.taxonomybootcamp.com/London

Discount details are on SLA Connect.

 

 

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Save the Date: Taxonomy Consulting Webinar

Presenter : Heather Hedden

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Summary:

Taxonomy consulting, a specialty area within information management or knowledge management consulting, is a growing area that information professionals may want to consider. Companies, nonprofits, and government agencies have an increasing number of documents and content items that they need better organized in order to manage and find. A taxonomy needs to be customized for an organization’s contents, its users, and its needs. Designing and creating a taxonomy is a type of short-term project most suitable for consultants. Following an introduction to the types and uses of taxonomies, this webinar covers taxonomy consulting clients, project types, scoping and proposals, phases and components, deliverables, and administrative matters, and concludes with a look at taxonomy and related skills.

Bio:

Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale, a Cengage Learning Company. Previously, she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant and First Wind and as taxonomy consultant with the consultancy PPC and self-employed through Hedden Information Management. As a consultant, Heather designed and developed numerous taxonomies and metadata strategies for both web content and internal content management for diverse client. She is a past officer (Mentoring and Membership Committees) of the Taxonomy Division of SLA, volunteered on a NISO bibliographic working group, and is currently  on the national board of the American Society for Indexing. Heather teaches online workshops in taxonomy creation through Hedden Information Management and is author of The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc., 2010, 2016).

 

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Registration Open: Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

Presenter : Heather Hedden

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST

Register Now!  Registration page >>
(Registration closes 5:00 PM EST, Feb 5, 2017)

FREE to SLA Taxonomy Division Members, $20 for non-members.
SLA Members can contact SLA to add the division for $20 and attend for free + review past Webinars.

Summary:
One of the main ways that a taxonomy, thesaurus, or any controlled vocabulary is valuable is that it brings together various synonyms or different wordings of the same concept together so that users retrieve the desired results despite different ways to describe it. Thus, an important part of creating good taxonomies is developing useful variants for terms. These may be called synonyms, alternative labels, nonpreferred terms, etc. This presentation explains the different types of variants and provides thorough instruction on creating them. Topics covered include: definitions, examples, usage, types, creation and implementation, how many to create, impact of the user interface and search, and variations/customizations.

This is an expanded version of a presentation delivered at Taxonomy Boot Camp London in October.

About the Presenter:
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she edits the subject thesaurus for the indexing/retrieval of Gale research database content and develops and edits discipline taxonomies for educational products. Previously she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant, First Wind, and Project Performance Corporation and also as an independent taxonomy consultant at Hedden Information Management. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing. She is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist.

To Register for this exciting webinar: Either click this Registration link or copy and paste the link into your web browser.

Hurry! Registration closes February 5.  All attendees will receive webinar access information on February 6.

Please note:

  • Webinar is on Feb 7, 12:00 noon EST.
  • Access information for the Webinar will be sent to all attendees after registration closes .
  • Webinars are free to division members. SLA members my attend for $20.00, or contact SLA to add the division for $20 and attend free.
  •  Select the correct membership category while registering to avoid processing delays .

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Webinar: Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

Mark your Calendars!   Registration Details to be announced soon.

Heather Hedden presents –

Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

February 7, 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST

Summary:
One of the main ways that a taxonomy, thesaurus, or any controlled vocabulary is valuable is that it brings together various synonyms or different wordings of the same concept together so that users retrieve the desired results despite different ways to describe it. Thus, an important part of creating good taxonomies is developing useful variants for terms. These may be called synonyms, alternative labels, nonpreferred terms, etc. This presentation explains the different types of variants and provides thorough instruction on creating them. Topics covered include: definitions, examples, usage, types, creation and implementation, how many to create, impact of the user interface and search, and variations/customizations.
This is an expanded version of a presentation delivered at Taxonomy Boot Camp London in October.
Bio:
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she edits the subject thesaurus for the indexing/retrieval of Gale research database content and develops and edits discipline taxonomies for educational products. Previously she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant, First Wind, and Project Performance Corporation and also as an independent taxonomy consultant at Hedden Information Management. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing, and she is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist.

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Taxonomy Cafe – Continuing Ed Opportunity at SLA 2016

Check out Taxonomy Cafe a new continuing education program being offered Saturday, June 11, 2016. This workshop precedes the Special Libraries Association’s annual conference scheduled for June 12 – 14, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Workshop Title: Taxonomy Cafe

Saturday, June 11, 2016; 8 AM to 5 PM

Presenters:

  • Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations
  • Janice Keeler, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Gail Hodge, Information International Associates
  • Jabin White, JSTOR
  • Heather Kotula, Access Innovations
  • Heather Hedden, Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Arthur Buchberg, AACR
  • Daniel Mayer, Expert Systems
  • Jim Sweeney, Synaptica
  • Bob Kasenchak, Data Harmony

Summary:

In order to continue preparing SLA taxonomists for more advanced implementations, we have asked a number of people to share their real-life experiences with us in an interactive presentation and discussion format. In the first section of this course, presenters each will give a 30-minute overview of their work using taxonomies. They will cover how and why their organizations decided to implement a taxonomy, their approaches to implementation, lessons learned, and the current status. After lunch, the presenters will be available for small group discussions and Q&A with participants who will move around to the speaker tables to interact directly with them. Then three technology and standards groups will present short overviews of their products. Presenters will be available for participants to speak directly with them for a more in-depth understanding of the concepts and options available from each.

Cost:

$299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Prices are in US dollars and include course materials, box lunch and beverages at break.

Book now !  CE courses are open to SLA members and non-members.  Tickets for the CE courses are in the  Additional Options Section of the Registration form. You do not need to register for the full conference to attend a CE course. If you have already registered you may add the CE course.

To read about other taxonomy educational and networking opportunities in Philadelphia, check out SLA’s Online Planner. The conference offers numerous opportunities to meet colleagues, learn new skills, and enjoy the beautiful sights of the city.

Register today!

Not a member of SLA?  Join SLA and register at the same time. Learn more about the association, other upcoming events, and the benefits of membership.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Executive Board!

Congratulations to our new Elected Board members! Ahren Lehnert, Chair-Elect, and Ann Poole, Treasurer, will take office in January.

This completes the Executive Board for 2015. The other board members as of January will be:

  • Paula McCoy, Chair
  • Wendi Pohs, Past-Chair
  • Jacob Ratliff, Secretary

Thanks to the other members of the Nominating Committee, Barbara Holder, Connie Crosby and Hannah Rubin, for their work.

Regards,
Kathleen McElhinney, Past Chair and Nominating Committee Chair

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