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Taxonomy Times #24 is Available

A new Taxonomy Times, the publication of the Taxonomy Division of the Special Libraries Association, is available.

What does Issue #24 have for you?

·         Letter from the Chair, Wendi Pohs

·         Committee Updates

·         Feature Article: Meaningful Metadata for Discoverability and Findability

Please note that membership in the SLA Taxonomy Division and a wiki account is required to access the Bulletin.

NEW MEMBERS: To access the wiki, follow instructions here

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The Taxonomy Division Needs You!


The Taxonomy Division Needs You!

Serving on the Division board is a great opportunity to develop leadership and management skills, meet and work with others in the association and the field, and influence the direction of a new and vibrant Division. If not you, who? Have someone you think would be an asset to the board? Consider nominating that person!

We have the following Executive Board openings for 2016:

Chair-Elect / Chair / Past Chair (3-Year Term)
This individual serves one year as Chair-elect, effective January 2016, and becomes Chair of the Division in January 2017 or earlier, if the Chair is unable to serve. This individual will serve as Past-chair in 2018. The Chair-elect and current Chair are asked to represent the Division at the Division Cabinet meetings at the SLA Annual Conference and possibly, the Leadership Summit, in addition to participating in regular Division board meetings via webinar.

Treasurer (2-Year Term)
The Division treasurer has two main duties: 1) handle the Division’s money, and 2) keep Division leadership and the larger SLA leadership informed about the financial activity and health of the Division. The treasurer fills out monthly and yearly reports to document this activity and is a signatory on the Division’s bank account. It’s a great way to learn about the financial side of running an organization.

Nomination process
If you want to nominate someone (or yourself!), please send the nomination by e-mail to by Friday, Sept. 11, 9 AM Central. For questions or more details about either position, please contact Kathleen McElhinney.

Thank you!
Kathleen McElhinney, Chair, 2016 Taxonomy Division Nominations Committee

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Summer longread: Taxonomy Times #23 is available now

Greetings, Division Members!

A new Taxonomy Times, the publication of the Taxonomy Division of the Special Libraries Association, is available.
Continue Reading

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SLA 2015 session feedback

Are you planning to attend any Taxonomy Division-sponsored sessions at SLA 2015? Be sure to let us know what you thought by filling out the session evaluation form online. It’s quick and provides critical input that helps us plan events year-round.


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Happy Spring! Taxonomy Times #22 is blooming now

We are pleased to announce a new Taxonomy Times, the publication of the Taxonomy Division of the Special Libraries Association, is published!


Members may access it here, under Member resources in the left nav bar


What does Issue #22 have for you?

o   Letter from the Chair, Wendi Pohs

o   Committee Update: Student Outreach

o   Taxonomy Architecture for Agile Product Development

o   SLA Annual in Boston—a call for reporters

o   Member Profile—Mike Doane




Please note that membership in the SLA Taxonomy Division and a wiki account is required to access the Bulletin.

If you have any trouble accessing the wiki, please email your wiki user name to Membership (

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Taxonomists, there is still time


Still undecided about attending the conference in Boston June 14-16? Afraid you missed the chance to save money via the Early Bird registration deadline? Well, good news! SLA received several requests to extend that deadline, so the Early Bird rate is extended to midnight April 30.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with one another, and to learn about the best resources, products and services available in the profession.

Sessions include Taxonomy Tool Update; Use Your Taxonomy to Classify Images; SharePoint, Metadata, and Taxonomies; and Enhancing Intranet Search. Learn more about these sessions and others at the Online Planner.

Pre-conference educational programs include Heather Hedden’s Introduction to Taxonomy, and Marjorie Hlava’s Advanced Taxonomy Topics. There are still a few seats available in each of these all-day continuing education programs on Sat., June 13; but you would be wise to register for either one of them while you’re registering for the full conference. Check out all of the taxonomy-related programming here.

So, if you haven’t already signed up, take a moment and register today! Not a member of SLA? You can still join this professional association and take advantage of the Early Bird rate. Just register here. But hurry — the early bird registration closes for good at midnight, April 30.

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Announcing Taxonomy Division programs for SLA 2015 in Boston


The SLA Taxonomy Division encourages you to attend any of its sessions at the SLA Annual Conference in Boston, Mass., June 13-16, 2015. Two full day continuing education workshops, one for experienced taxonomy practitioners and one for newcomers to the profession, are also available to you. Plus, you can network with other taxonomy professionals at the No-Host dinner, Saturday, and the Open House, Monday.

Although you do not need to be a member of SLA to attend, you will achieve significant savings if you are. Join this month and save even more money. The Super Saver Registration rate, a savings of over $300, is available exclusively to SLA members, but this rate is only available until December 31st, 2014.  You can join SLA and register for the conference all in one step:

Continuing Education Workshops

Cost for each workshop: SLA Members–$299; Student or Retired SLA Members–$199; non-SLA Members–$399

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Advanced Taxonomy Topics
Instructors: Margie Hlava and Bob Kasenchak
Summary: Learn how to implement, manage, and maintain your taxonomy in this interactive, hands-on workshop. The course includes presentations, discussion, case studies, and hands-on activities.

Introduction to Taxonomy

Instructor: Heather Hedden
Summary: Author of The Accidental Taxonomist, Ms. Hedden brings her unique approach to teaching this popular, introductory course.

Conference Sessions

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Introduction to Developing a Better Web-based User Experience

Introductory session helps enhance your skills in developing effective and intuitive user interfaces.

Get the Picture: Use your Taxonomy to Classify Images

Join this panel of experts to learn best practices for classifying images.

Enhancing Intranet Search

Search experts from Google and IBM provide tips and tools to enhance your search experience on the Intranet.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Digital Libraries and Metadata: the Next Frontier

Learn the role of taxonomies in digital libraries, and how descriptive and metadata access differs from traditional cataloging.

Designing Aggregation and Knowledge Sharing Systems

Learn from industry experts what a knowledge system can do for your organization, from tracking social media to current awareness monitoring to lead identification

Taxonomy Tool Update [Quick Take]

A quick review of several taxonomy management toolsets, with links to resources for additional information.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sharepoint, Metadata, and Taxonomy [Crescendo Session]

Sharepoint experts discuss its metadata and autocategorization components (when they are the best choices, and when alternatives may be better) and how to connect Sharepoint to your other institutional systems.

Autocategorization and Human Tagging: How do They Work Together?

Learn how autocategorization can be a two-way street between human judgment and computerized application of rules, each informing and improving the other.

Big Data and Confidentiality

Hear speakers from the military and local government discuss how they manage confidentiality in their secure environments.

Networking Opportunities

Saturday, June 13, 2015

No-host dinner

Cost: Price of your dinner and beverage

Monday, June 15, 2015

Taxonomy Division Open House, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

For more details on any of these events, see the division wiki: []

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First webinar of our 2015 series: Using Analytics To Improve Your Taxonomy and User Search Experience

Date: January 8, 2015
Time: 1:00pm ET

Click here to register
(Registration closes 5 PM ET, January 6, 2015)


Maintaining a taxonomy is a constant work in progress and the more tools we have in our tool kit the easier our lives and the better our taxonomies. The SLA Taxonomy Division is excited to have LeChara Gregory, a taxonomist at VMware, kicking off our 2015 webinar series. LeChara will explain the tools and processes she uses to generate analytics for search and taxonomy. Using tools such as the Google search appliance she is able to reduce time-to-find, improve the quality of her taxonomy and enhance her users’ search experience. 


LeChara Gregory began her VMWare career with the System Ops team where she developed and delivered various training courses for the VMWare tech staff. This led her to Knowledge Management and her career as a taxonomist for VMWare.

Please note:

  • All webinars are listed in Eastern Time.
  • The week of the webinar, you will receive information about accessing the Webinar. This information will be sent to all attendees after registration closes.
  • Webinars are free to division members. SLA members may attend for $15, or contact SLA to add the division for $20. Non-members may attend for $50. To avoid delays in processing your registration, please select the correct membership category from the dropdown.

Click here to Register for this exciting webinar

Hurry! Registration closes January 6. Access information will be sent to all registrants on January 7.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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