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Taxonomy Networking Opportunity @Taxonomy Bootcamp 2015

Are you attending Taxonomy Boot Camp or KMWorld 2015  in Washington DC? Or do you live in the area and want to network with others interested in taxonomy and information organization issues? If yes, the SLA Taxonomy Division invites you to a no-host dinner, Sunday, November 1, at R.F.D. Washington. No-host dinners are great opportunities to network, socialize, and talk shop. Whether you’re a veteran taxonomist, or someone wanting to learn more about the field, you are encouraged to come.

Who: Anyone interested in taxonomy, metadata, and related areas of practice. You do not need to be attending the conference, nor a member of SLA.

When: Sunday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Where: R.F.D. Washington / 810 7th St NW / Washington, DC 20001. []

Cost: Price of your dinner and beverages (separate checks available).

RSVP: by Thursday, Oct. 29.

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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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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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Networking opportunity at Taxonomy Boot Camp

If you live in the Washington DC area or if you’re planning on attending the Taxonomy Boot Camp or KM World conference this year, the SLA Taxonomy Division would like to invite you to a no-host dinner on November 3rd. No-hosts provide a great opportunity to network, socialize and talk shop. Whether you’re a veteran taxonomist or someone hoping to learn a little more about the field, we encourage you to join us!

When: Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00pm
Where: R.F.D. Washington, 810 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Who: Anyone interested in taxonomy, metadata, and related areas of practice. Non-SLA members are more than welcome, so feel free to spread the word.

Please RSVP to Ben Licciardi and Bethany Sehon ( by Friday Oct 31st so we can get an accurate headcount. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Taxonomy A to Z at SLA 2014

Taxonomists – whether you’re an experienced professional, a novice, or wondering what the term means – Special Libraries Association (SLA) has something for you. This year’s annual conference will be June 8 – 10 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and includes educational sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities that will let you meet and mingle with fellow taxonomists. Not a member of SLA? No matter — the conference is open to members, non-members, and students.

Even before the conference begins, you can participate in a full-day workshop devoted to the topic of taxonomy. Choose from one of these two CE sessions scheduled for Saturday, June 7:

Workshop Title: Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and Search

Level: Advanced
Instructors: Michael Kilgore, InfoClear Consulting; Wendi Pohs, InfoClear Consulting
Summary: It’s time for taxonomists to move past the basics and gain a deeper understanding of the role that taxonomies play in organizations, especially in productivity applications like content management, web site navigation, and search. This all-day course begins with the basics of taxonomy integration, and moves on to analyze specific case studies that show how you can enrich and improve your web site, enhance your metadata, and boost your search engine’s relevance. You’ll come away with an understanding about how you can be a successful member of a software development team and have a set of Best Practices that you can apply immediately.

Workshop Title: Introduction to Taxonomies

Level: Fundamental
Instructors: Margie Hlava, Access Innovations; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations
Summary: This course introduces participants to the basic methodologies and techniques for taxonomy development, as well as providing an overview of taxonomy standards and their application in search, web sites, publishing, retail and e-commerce, records management and other organizational needs. Participants will explore key concepts of taxonomies, thesauri, indexing, classification and filtering. Discussion will include the basics of a taxonomy record and fundamental term relationships. Attendees will put concepts into practice through multiple exercises, including creating a simple taxonomy. Related software tools will also be discussed.

Each workshop costs: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Note: prices are in US dollars and include course materials, a box lunch, and beverages at breaks. Courses are open to SLA members and non-members. You do not need to register for the full conference to sign up for either CE workshop.

No-Host networking dinner

After an educational Saturday, network with your fellow taxonomists at the no-host dinner that evening starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no additional cost other than your dinner. As one veteran attendee said, “I’ve been to 3 dinners, and they always go by so quickly you don’t realize it has been hours. The dinners are held in interesting places with excellent food and there’s lots of laughter. The best part is meeting other working professionals and students interested in the field. We can talk shop at length and get ideas for the next project, learn about other aspects of the field, and learn from the pitfalls others have fallen into. Spouses are always welcome, and they often contribute to the conversations by providing an outsider’s perspective.”

The three-day SLA conference begins the next day, Sunday, June 8, and includes the many taxonomy sessions listed below. See the taxonomy website events calendar [] for more details.

Sunday, June 8, 2014:

Taxonomies: Everything You Need to Know to Start a Taxonomy From Scratch
Speakers: Heather Hedden, Cengage Learning; Jacob Ratliff, National Fire Protection Association

I Don’t Have Time for Metadata! Adding Automated Categorization to your Workflow
Speakers: Denise Bedford, Kent State University; Susan Golden, Zimmerman Associates; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations; Joyce Ward, LexisNexis

Monday, June 9, 2014:

The Bionic InfoPro – Machine Augmentation of Competitive Intelligence
Speakers: Arik Johnson, Aurora WDC; Elaine Lasda Bergman, University at Albany

The Search for Meaning and Semantics: Taxonomies Get it Done
Speakers: Denise Bedford, Kent State University; Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies; Branka Kosovac, dotWit Consulting, Inc.
Managing Digital Overload: Taking Advantage of Taxonomies

Taxonomy Division Open House
Networking event

Tuesday, June 10, 2014:

Teach me! SharePoint, Metadata and Taxonomy Lessons from Experience
Speakers: Mike Doane, Term Management, LLC; Anne Rogers, Cargill

Roundtable: Current Topics in Taxonomies

Digital Government Strategy: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve Our Constituencies
Speakers: Rachel Flagg, U.S. General Services Administration; Sandra Singh, Vancouver Public Library; Chris Zammarelli, U.S. State Department

eDiscovery: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Read the pre-conference brochure (pdf) or check the SLA online planner to learn about additional informative programs, networking opportunities, and industry exhibitors showcasing pertinent products and services. View the two-minute video to get a glimpse of the opportunities available to you, and the beauty of Vancouver that awaits you.

What is the cost? That depends upon you. If you’re an SLA member and register by the early bird deadline of Friday, April 11, the cost of the three days is $529 USD. If you wait, the advance registration rate jumps to $699 USD for SLA members.
If you’re not an SLA member, the advance cost is $1040 USD. But, if you join SLA and register by Friday, April 11, you qualify for the early bird member rate of $714 USD! You save $326 – have access to all three days of the conference, and gain the benefits of membership. You can also register for one of the CE courses at the member rate of $299! But hurry, the early bird rate ends by end of business day, (4:00 PM ET) Friday April 11. Register today!

Consider joining SLA’s Taxonomy Division. The Division addresses ways to organize and structure information so that content is accessible and useful. It offers a practical context for exploring issues and sharing experiences related to planning, creating and maintaining taxonomies, thesauri, authority files, and other controlled vocabularies and information structures. If you are interested in learning more about the division, or joining us, please see the division website for information about upcoming events.

D’Ann Hamilton-White
SLA Taxonomy Division, PR Chair

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SLA Taxonomy Members: Consider the SLA Annual Conference this June

The SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, June 7-10, 2014, is not only a great opportunity for educational sessions and networking, it’s in a great location for adding some vacation time. Vancouver is a beautiful city with lots to see and do, and it’s also a major departure point for cruises to Alaska. The SLA conference even has a discount rate on a week-long Alaska cruise departing the day after the conference ends. Check for location and vacation details on the SLA Vancouver site at

The SLA Taxonomy Division is providing some added networking opportunities for this year’s conference. These are, in addition to our standard offerings: the no-host dinner on Saturday night, and the division open house on Monday night, when we will be celebrating the division’s fifth anniversary this year. We hope to see many of you at both events.

You can create your own networking opportunities by reaching out to other division attendees. This year, division members who provide their contact information in advance of the conference, and agree to share that information, will be given a list of these division attendees. Ask a colleague to join you for a lunch or dinner in Vancouver. It’s a great way to meet people and also to have company for meals. If you are attending and didn’t already provide your contact information for this purpose in the member survey, send your contact information to

We hope to see many of you in Vancouver. For a list of our sessions and continuing education programs, see the SLA Online Planner or the division wiki.

Remember, the early bird conference registration deadline is Apr. 11!

Kathleen McElhinney
Chair, SLA Taxonomy Division

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