Friday, May 11, 2012

A Brand New Day

I have recently taken on the position of Public Relations Chair for the Taxonomy Division of the Special Libraries Association. I was honored to be asked to join the board and will do my best to support the division during my tenure. I have spent the past week or so getting my feet wet, and look forward to working for the division in the upcoming year.

I have posted information on upcoming events at the SLA conference hosted by the division in an earlier post and I would highly recommend anyone who is at the conference to check them out. There are some great offering this year on taxonomy development, ontologies etc.

I will probably be posting more about the division events in the upcoming weeks as my tenure moves forward. I also want to note that the division has also recently launched a new website at that will have information on the division and our upcoming events.

I am happy to take questions on my blog or via twitter (@georgedpr) should anyone have any questions about the division.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Interested in Taxonomies?

The Taxonomy Division of SLA is offering a full slate of program sessions and a full day continuing education workshop at the SLA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, July 14-18, 2012. There has been one slight update to the program list, noted below. Also, the early-bird registration deadline for the conference is May 11. 

Click the links above and below for more information:

Taxonomy Division Sessions July 16-18:
  • Taxonomy Design for the Short on Time
  • Digital Asset Management: Techniques for Indexing Non-Textual Content
  • Three M's: Mapping, Merging, and Multi-lingual Taxonomies
  • Reinventing Library Skills
  • Methodologies for Taxonomy Project Management (Changed topic and format to facilitated discussion.)
  • Adding Value to Content through Linked Data
  • Taxonomy Division Open House - networking opportunity
  • Keeping Your Taxonomy Fresh and Relevant
  • Impact of Technical Standards on Metadata and Controlled Vocabulary Projects
The workshop is Saturday, July 14:  Transforming Your Schema and Taxonomies into an Ontology.  You may attend the workshop without registering for the conference and vice versa, or join us for both!

Conference Overview and Registration:

Online Conference Schedule: 

Taxonomy Division Sessions:

The Taxonomy Division offers a practical context for exploring issues and sharing experiences related to planning, creating and maintaining taxonomies, thesauri, authority files, ontologies, and other controlled vocabularies and information structures. For more information, visit