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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


  • 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


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.


$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.

Kathleen McElhinney, Past Chair and Nominating Committee Chair

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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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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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Congratulations to the 2015 Executive Board!

Congratulations to our new Elected Board members. Paula McCoy, Chair-Elect, and Jacob Ratliff, Secretary, will take office in January. No additional nominations were received, so the candidates are now considered elected.

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

  • Wendi Pohs, Chair
  • Kathleen McElhinney, Past-Chair
  • Cynthia Knowles, Treasurer

Thanks to the other members of the Nominating Committee, Connie Crosby and Paul King, for their work.

Janice Keeler, Past Chair and Nominating Committee Chair 2015

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Congratulations to our 2014 Executive Board!

The Nominations Committee reports that there were no alternative nominations for the open 2014 board positions, so the candidates are declared elected, with terms starting January 2014.

  • Wendi Pohs – Chair-Elect/Chair/Past Chair – three year term
  • Cynthia Knowles – Treasurer – two year term

Congratulations and thanks to both of them for stepping up to these important roles in the division. Both have previously served as committee chairs and members of the advisory board, so they are well equipped to serve.

The rest of the elected board as of January, continuing with previously elected roles, will be:

  • Kathleen McElhinney – Chair
  • Janice Keeler – Past Chair
  • Mindy Carner – Secretary

Janice Keeler
Taxonomy Division Chair, 2013

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Executive Board nominees for 2014

The SLA Taxonomy Division Nominating Committee is delighted to announce the slate for the 2014 Taxonomy Division Executive Board vacant positions.

The candidates are:
Chair-Elect 2014: Wendi Pohs
Treasurer 2014-2015: Cynthia Knowles

There is an opportunity to place additional names in nomination if the Nominations Committee is petitioned by 10 members within 15 days of this announcement with written consent of the candidates. If there are additional nominations an election will be held by electronic voting. Otherwise these candidates will be elected by acclamation.

We thank our candidates for taking on this opportunity to make a huge contribution to the continuing success of the Division. Here are brief bios.

Wendi Pohs – Chair-Elect 2014 candidate
Wendi Pohs has designed and developed taxonomies for large corporations for over 25 years. Currently Chief Technology Officer at InfoClear Consulting, a company that provides taxonomy development and integration services to large corporate clients, Wendi developed information retrieval products for the American Mathematical Society, for Digital Equipment Corporation, and for several of Lotus Development Corporation’s information management products. She went on to become one of the first taxonomists to work on IBM’s Corporate Intranet, W3.

Wendi is the author of a book about taxonomy and knowledge management, and she is a frequent speaker at KMWorld, Taxonomy Bootcamp, and other related industry events. Wendi is currently co-chair of the SLA Taxonomy Division’s Professional Development Committee where she coordinates and moderates the Division’s successful Webinar series. She serves as newsletter editor for the Friends of the Issaquah Library, in Issaquah, Washington, and until recently was a member of the Issaquah Public Library’s Advisory Board. Wendi received her BA and MILS degrees from the University of Michigan.

Cynthia Knowles – Treasurer 2014-2015 candidate
Cynthia Knowles is currently employed as Senior Taxonomist for Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Canada where she is developing an ontology for a province-wide personal health portal. Previously, Cynthia was responsible for the development of a legal and business taxonomy for BNAConvergence, a Bloomberg BNA competitive intelligence tool. As a legal librarian and knowledge manager with Baker Botts LLP, she designed controlled vocabularies to manage legal records and content on the law firm’s intranet. Cynthia received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

You may contact the Nominations Committee via

Thank you,

Taxonomy Division Nominations Committee
Barbara Holder (Chair)
Connie Crosby
Karen Corday

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