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Webinar: Managing Mature Taxonomies: What We Are Working on Now

Please join the SLA Taxonomy Division for our upcoming webinar –

Managing Mature Taxonomies: What We Are Working on Now

 Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12 PM (Eastern Time)

Cost: Free!

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Summary: Taxonomies have finally come of age, and like mature gardens, they require careful cultivation and pruning. Join Paula McCoy of ProQuest, Heather Hedden of Cengage Learning and Wendi Pohs of InfoClear Consulting as they discuss their current taxonomy maintenance projects, and the tools and processes that help them do their work.

Paula will talk about ProQuest’s efforts to consolidate many of its specialized vocabularies. Heather will share work on a current project involving changing policies and approaches to dealing with orphan terms in the Gale subject thesaurus. Based on her experience at various client sites, Wendi will discuss the trends in governance and tooling that she sees emerging to manage mature taxonomies.

About the Presenters

Paula McCoy is Senior Manager, Content Technology, at ProQuest’s Editorial office in Louisville, Kentucky.  She oversees all editorial operations, including indexing and taxonomy management. She has been Taxonomy Manager for ProQuest since 2003. In that time, the ProQuest Thesaurus has grown from 8,000 terms to over 13,000; indexing has become largely automated; and the company has acquired many specialized vocabularies that are now being fully managed and, in several cases, integrated into the larger PQ Thesaurus. Paula joined SLA and the Taxonomy Division in December 2010. She is currently Chair of the division.

Heather Hedden is a Senior Vocabulary Editor at Cengage Learning, author of The Accidental Taxonomist, continuing education instructor at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, SLA Taxonomy Division board member, American Society for Indexing board member, and NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project working group member.

Wendi Pohs is Past-Chair of the Taxonomy Division, and CTO at InfoClear Consulting, a consultancy that specializes in semantic technologies, including taxonomy, auto-categorization, search, and graph database.  InfoClear Consulting has been helping large companies build, manage, and integrate semantic data structures for almost 15 years.

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Tonya McCarley on “Advanced Search” at SLA Annual

Join the Taxonomy Division for an exciting program on Advanced Search, presented by Tonya McCarley, Lead User Experience Designer at ProQuest. The session, “EMERGING IDEAS: ‘Advanced Search’ is an Oxymoron,” is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, from 3:30-5:00, in Room 201-A.

Prior to joining ProQuest, Tonya  worked as a User Experience Lead for JSTOR.  In her ten-year UX career, she has also worked in automotive, finance, higher education, and consumer product goods. Collaboration is a key function of her role, working closely with end-users and subject matter experts to understand their needs and with the technology teams implementing the best solutions.

Tonya is also currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Information. She teaches the “Introduction to Interaction Design” course to graduate students, focusing on understanding the problems users experience. Just as she does with her students, Tonya pushes herself to understand the problems and pain points that users experience before rushing to solutions. 

In the Advanced Search session, Tonya will lead the audience in an engaging discussion about the types of searchers that ProQuest’s UX team has studied in their research, looking at how people at different levels start a search, and what they do when they get their results.  She’ll also discuss research methods and trends in advanced searching (or rather, the trend away from  “advanced” search interfaces). Join us for what promises to be a lively session with takeaways for a diverse audience.

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RSVP Now for the Taxonomy No-Host Dinner in Philly!

Attending SLA in Philadelphia this year? Curious about taxonomy? Join us Saturday, June 11th at Rangoon Restaurant to meet with like-minded Taxonomy folks for a lively discussion about whether it is appropriate to have a polyhierarchical menu with a salad living under appetizers, salads, and entrees all at the same time!

We have an exciting event planned for you to connect with other Taxonomists: 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.

Location: Rangoon Burmese Restaurant, 112 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA  19107
Phone: (215) 829-8939
Date: Saturday, June 11th
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: Rangoon is located about 2 blocks from the convention hotel (Pennsylvania Convention Center). Walk should take no more than 5-10 minutes.

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

RSVP now! We want to make sure we can accommodate as many of you as possible. by Wednesday, June 8.

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Register now for the next Taxonomy Division Webinar: Developing Local Business Ontologies for Fun and Profit

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(Registration closes 5 PM ET, August 11, 2015)

Date: August 13, 2015
Time: 1:00pm ET


Interested in learning how to take taxonomies to the next level? Join presenter Michael Bauer as he shows us how to take a small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) taxonomy and extend it into a full ontology that organizes and establishes the relationships among different kinds of businesses, their goods and services, and their relevant locations to one another. He’ll show us how to take it further and extend the ontology to include how consumers search on the web and how they can be targeted on Facebook for advertising purposes. Finally we’ll get an understanding of how this complete ontology fits into the context of current trends of the sharing economy and mobile experience.


Michael Bauer is an ontologist and entrepreneur with expertise in building local business ontologies. But, that’s not all. Michael’s years of experience in the ever changing field of information science and technology have helped him develop a broad range of skills in everything from knowledge management to software programming. He helped put MapQuest on the web and consulted for Joltid, the predecessor of Skype. More recent projects include Enlightenment, a crowd-sourced photo sorting, classifying and tagging system and Alignment, a system for standardizing multiple local business taxonomies.

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 August 11. Access information will be sent to all registrants on August 12.

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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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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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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