Committees

The Taxonomy Division is always looking for volunteers – either for specific one-time tasks or for ongoing committee roles. As key Division players, committee chairs and committee members make a significant contribution to the health and activities of the Division. If you are interested in joining a committee on an ongoing basis or for a short-term task, please contact the committee chair using the form below. All committees welcome new members, and current high-priority volunteer opportunities are listed on Connect : Volunteer Opportunities.

See the full list of current committee chairs on the Leadership page.

Archives
The Archives Committee maintains the division archives.

Bulletin
The Bulletin Committee of SLA’s Taxonomy Division publishes the bulletin – Taxonomy Times – every quarter. Taxonomy Times includes Division news and original content that informs, engages and inspires members of the Division.

Membership
The Membership Committee is responsible for encouraging the growth and retention of membership in the Taxonomy Division. It sends welcome letters to new members, reminder letters to lapsed members, and notifies the listserv, bulletin and Web/Connect committee of member changes.

Mentoring
The Mentoring Committee provides career insight and guidance to members as well as coaching related to the creation and application of controlled vocabularies (taxonomies, ontologies, thesauri, topic maps, etc…). The objective is to facilitate the building of mentor/mentee relationships such that they benefit both participants.

Networking
The Networking Committee is responsible for organizing and facilitating in-person taxonomy-related networking activities within the SLA community and beyond, including an open house at the Annual Conference and various local no-host dinners. The goal is to encourage dialog, camaraderie, and knowledge sharing between Taxonomy Division members, the larger SLA community, and non-members interested in taxonomy.

Nominations
The Nominations Committee is responsible for soliciting nominations and producing a slate of candidates for the division’s elected board.

Partner Relations
The Partner Relations Committee is responsible for all relations with partners including soliciting sponsors for Division programs, webinars and general sponsorship to help recover/reduce the cost of division programs and services.

Professional Development
The Professional Development Committee provides continuing education workshops, webinars, and other resources for members of the division who want to advance and/or share their skills and knowledge of taxonomy and other forms of knowledge organization.

Programs
The Taxonomy Division Programs Committee is responsible for planning the division programs at the SLA Annual Conference. Overall roles include soliciting and selecting topics, speakers and moderators for programs, planning the overall conference budget (e.g., audiovisual costs, food and beverage costs, and speaker fees, if any), and managing the logistics of the program at the conference. Because program planning is an 18-month cycle, there are usually 2 separate program committees – one responsible for the current calendar year’s programming and one responsible for the next calendar year’s programming.

Public Relations
The Public Relations Committee is responsible for promoting the events and services of the division by drafting and disseminating announcements, brochures, and online event descriptions.

Strategic Planning
The Strategic Planning Committee triennially creates a plan that sets the direction of the Division. As part of plan creation, the Committee solicits feedback from membership and Board members and formulates it into a plan for what tasks the Division will pursue over the Plan period. In between plan creation years, the Committee facilitates Board development of the annual action plan based on the Strategic Plan, monitors the Division’s accomplishments and updates the plan accordingly.

Student Outreach
The Student Outreach Committee provides outreach and services to students interested in taxonomy as a profession, and helps the Public Relations Committee by helping identify communications channels to reach students and Library/Information Science schools with division announcements.

Web/Connect
The Web/Connect Committee is responsible for design, maintenance, and information architecture of the Division’s web and social media presence, including managing access lists for the restricted sections of the wiki.

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