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SLA 2015 slides available for download

Want to recap your experiences at SLA 2015? Need to share that great information with your colleagues? Or did you miss the conference and need catch up on the action?

Slides from SLATaxo sessions are available for download at We are adding a few more soon, so please check back next week if your favorite session isn’t up yet.

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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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RSVP now for the no-host dinner

Hello Taxonomists!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the 2015 Annual Conference on June 14-16 in Boston this year! As you know, every year the conference is filled with exciting speakers, exhibits and attendees and this year will be no exception. This SLA event offers so many opportunities to learn, connect and share with others in our field.

We have an exciting event planned for you to connect with other like-minds: our annual Taxonomy no-host dinner! As you know, this event has been created for you to come together, kick-back, and enjoy each other’s company. You do not need to be a member of the division to participate.

Here are the details for the event:
Location: Salvatore’s Restaurant, 225 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA (Seaport District). Note: There are multiple locations for Salvatore’s. If you use their website for the address, please use the Seaport District location
Phone: (617) 737-5454
Date: Saturday, June 13th
Time: Reservation is at 6.30pm. Please try to arrive on time to coordinate seating.
Directions: Google Map Link – Click “Directions” and add the address where you are staying
Getting There:

  • Taxi: Please ask the hotel staff or concierge to call or hail a taxi for you.
  • Walking: Salvatore’s is located about .5 miles from the convention hotel (Boston Westin Waterfront). Walk should take no more than 10-15 minutes.
  • Meet-up: If interested in walking with a group, we have a volunteer who will meet people at the small Starbucks in the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel at 6.00pm. The group will leave the hotel for the restaurant promptly at 6:15pm.

Cost: Whatever you select from the menu. Separate checks available.

If you are interested, please RSVP immediately! We want to make sure we can accommodate as many of you as possible.

Please RSVP to by Monday, June 8.

Once you RSVP, we will send you details on the pre-dinner meet-up and the dining logistics. So be sure to register early!

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SLA 2015 attendees – seeking volunteers!

Are you going to SLA 2015 in Boston? Want a great way to meet and talk with other taxonomists? Read on.

The Taxonomy Division needs a few volunteers to take attendance at sessions, hand out evaluation sheets, serve as greeters at the open house, write summaries of programs for the Taxonomy Times, take photos, and tweet tidbits that tweak your interest. If you can help with any of these, please let us know via this short survey.

These short-term tasks are a great way to get involved, and we really need the help. A few people volunteered in our recent member survey, and we haven’t had a chance to contact each one; but we need a few more people. Helping out with such tasks is a great way to meet people and make a valuable contribution to the division.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. We’d like to have it completed by May 21 so we can plan accordingly.

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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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Taxonomy Division Needs Your Help

The Taxonomy Division Board for 2015 would appreciate your input to help us plan future programs and services. We want to provide educational programs that meet your needs. To do that, we need to hear from you.

We also need volunteers to make these programs and services happen. We need people for ongoing committee roles and for specific tasks that can be done with a minimal time commitment.

We encourage everybody to think about volunteering. You can learn new skills, meet great people, and have something different to put on your resume. It can also be fun!

Let us know what you need from the division, and if you can help in some way by taking this short, 10-minute survey. The deadline is Thurs., April 16. So don’t delay!

Are you going to Boston? The Taxonomy Division needs a few volunteers at the annual conference to take attendance at sessions, hand out evaluation sheets, serve as greeters at the open house, write summaries of programs for the Taxonomy Times, and tweet tidbits that tweak your interest. If you can help with any of these, please indicate that on the survey. These short-term tasks are a great way to get involved, meet people, and make a valuable contribution to the division.

Remember, the survey deadline is April 16 and will take you a lot less time than filing your taxes!

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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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Taxonomy Times #19 Available Now

We are pleased to announce the next issue of Taxonomy Times *All-Vancouver Edition*, is available!

Division members may access it here:


What does Issue #19 have to offer?

  •  Available as pdf
  •  Letter from the Chair—feedback on DTax-sponsored sessions and CE courses
  •   Session Reports from SLA2014–everything the DTax Division sponsored
  •  Member Profile—SLA2014 presenter and attendee Bob Kasenchak
  •  Where you can find SLA2014 contributed papers
  •  And more!

Huge thanks to all the volunteers who contributed; Issue #19 may be our biggest issue ever!

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