SLA Annual Conference 2019 in Cleveland – IT Division Events and Programs

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The Accidental Digital Asset Manager: How traditional library skills transfer to the DAM world

Laura Fu
DAM Practice Lead, EMMSphere  

Jennifer Tyner
Digital Asset Manager, Progressive Insurance

Cynthia Mathews
Digital Asset Manager, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Jennifer Pflaumer
Principal, Paroo

James King
Information Architect, NIH Library 

Date/Time: Monday, June 17th – 9:00-10:30 am

Location: Conference Center, Room 14
Length: 90 minutes
Format: Panel
Core Competencies: Information and Knowledge Services; Information and Knowledge Systems and Technology
Key Words: Digital Asset Management; DAM; Career Development;
Content Level: Fundamental

Sponsor/Promotor: IT Division, Digital Asset Management Section; Solo Librarians Division; Taxonomy Division, Embedded Librarians Caucus (?)

Description: Do you already have what it takes to be DAM champion? The new DAM Salary Survey ( showed an increase in the number of respondents who hold an MLS or are planning to get an MLS. Panelists will share personal stories of their Digital Asset Management career path and how their library education supported them in their career development and success in DAM. This session is for anyone who is interested in becoming a Digital Asset Manager or who may already be in a DAM role and wants to understand the core skillset necessary to be successful. Whether or not you have your MLS, this session will show participants how traditional library skills transfer to the DAM world and how to market your library knowledge and experience to DAM hiring managers.

Blockchain: The New Technology and Its Applications for Libraries


Sandra Hirsh
Director and Professor, San Jose State University School of Information

Bohyun Kim
Chief Technology Officer, University of Rhode Island Libraries


Li Zhang
Science and Engineering Librarian, Mississippi State University

Date/Time: Tues., June 18th – 10:15 -11:30am

Location: Conference Center, Room 14
Length: 60 minutes
Key Words: Emerging Technology, Research
Content Level: Fundamental

Sponsor/Promotor: IT Division, Engineering Division, Science-Technology Division

Description: This session will explore how libraries can adopt blockchain technology using various paths. Experts will share their research and experience and give you a better understanding of this new technology and its potential.

Data Literacy 101

Anatasia Diamond-Ortiz
Director, Lorain Public Library System in Lorain, Ohio
Twitter: @anastasia_do

Thérèse Kristine Mainville-Celso
McGill University

Date/Time: Monday, June 17th – 4:45-5:45pm

Location: Conference Center, Room 19
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Panel
Core Competencies: Information Ethics; Organization of Data, Information, and Knowledge Assets; Information and Knowledge Systems and Technology
Key Words: Data Literacy, Data Visualization, Evaluation
Content Level: Fundamental

Sponsor/Promotor: IT Division, LMD, Taxonomy Division, DMIL

Description: Data literacy has become a fundamental skill as the volume, variety, and velocity at which data are being created grows rapidly and intersects more with our daily lives.  No longer reserved for data scientists, the democratization of data means that more people have access to data with the power to analyze, create, and shape the future using tools that are user friendly and often free. The world today requires librarians to embrace a different approach to data and rethinking what we choose to collect and how we use data to make decisions.  This session is designed with the goal of helping attendees understand the basics of data literacy – considering approaches to understanding, using, and communicating with data more effectively. 

Killing Sacred Cows: Using Data to Evaluate and Manage Library Services

James King
Information Resources & Services Branch Chief
NIH Library 

Samantha Bouwers
Librarian, Information Resource Center
ACT, Inc.

Kimberly Bloedel
Head, Pomerantz Business Library
University of Iowa

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18th – 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Conference Center, Room 20
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Panel
Core Competencies: Information Data Retrieval and Analysis; Information and Knowledge Services; Information and Knowledge Systems and Technology
Key Words: Management, Metrics, Evaluation, Services, Leadership
Content Level: Fundamental

Sponsor/Promotor: IT Division, LMD, Education Division

Description: Learn how organizations are applying best practices in program analysis onto library services management. Regularly gathering and evaluating key performance metrics on library services help improve the awareness and impression of stakeholders while also providing tools for library management to accurately assess the success of services and workload of staff.  Both Sam (a solo corporate librarian) and James (branch chief in a large government library) will talk about their experiences with gathering data and feedback from customer interactions, standardizing that data where possible, analyzing it to improve services and collections, and creating dashboards to present internally to staff and management.


Co-Sponsored Sessions:

Biology Division: So, You Want to Learn to Code: R Programming for Librarians and Other Information Professionals (Fundamental)

Date/Time: Saturday, June 15th – 8:00am - 4:00pm

Instructors: Doug Joubert, Informationist, National Institutes of Health; Candace Norton, Bibliometrics librarian, National Institutes of Health; and Cindy Sheffield, AlzPED Project Manager, National Institutes of Health. 

Price: $225 - Member, $415 - Non-member

Location: Convention Center, Room 19


Description: R is an extensible, open-source language and computing environment for Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, and Linux platforms. RStudio is a very popular way to create R scripts that interact with the R software. Using R, analysts can create code that combines statistical approaches from many scientific disciplines to best suit the analytical framework you need to analyze your data. R works on data of all shapes and sizes, and the plotting functions of R allow you to produce high-quality graphics. This hands-on workshop is designed to teach non-programmers to write modular code and to introduce best practices for using R for data analysis. The workshop is divided into three topic areas: (1) Introduction to R and RStudio, (2) Introduction to Data Wrangling in R, and (3) Data Visualization in R. These skills will help propel research and your career forward.


Taxonomy Division: Big Data and Controlled Vocabularies

Big data needs controlled vocabularies to improve search, enable personalization and reporting, and more.  Get a quick overview of why and how people are using taxonomies or ontologies and linked data to manage and retrieve data.

Date/Time: Monday, June 17th – 10:45-11:15am

Location: Conference Center, Room 9
Level:    Fundamental
Length:  20 minutes

Speaker: Camille Mathieu, NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Moderator: Amanda Bloom, WWE


Taxonomy Division: Ensuring Semantic Interoperability and Creating Interoperable Taxonomies

Within their enterprises, information professionals are often aware of the need for interoperability, whether they are simply starting a new pick list in SharePoint, enriching an existing taxonomy in a cost-effective way, or establishing a robust structure for cross-database and cross-lingual indexing and searching.  Understand the theory, and dive deeply into the concepts of microthesauri, satellite vocabularies, open umbrella structures, metathesauri, virtual harmonization through Linked Data, and bridge ontologies in this Master Class sponsored by the Taxonomy Division.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 16th – 2:30-4:00pm

Location: Conference Center, Room 19
Level:    Advanced / Master Class
Length:  90 minutes

Speakers: Marcia Zeng, Kent State University School of Information; Margie Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc.

Moderator: Janice Keeler, Taxonomy Division Treasurer and Chair, 2019 Program Planning


Taxonomy Division: Keeping Your Taxonomy Fresh and Relevant

You've built a beautiful taxonomy - now what? This session addresses skills which enable controlled vocabularies to evolve with your users' needs.  Topics include: identifying and engaging stakeholders, establishing service level agreements, choosing task management tools, gathering metrics, and making a data-driven case for taxonomy management.

Date/Time: Monday, June 17th – 4:45-5:45pm

Location: Conference Center, Room 22
Level:    Intermediate
Length:  60 minutes

Speaker: Marisa R. Hughes, American Psychological Association

Moderator: Edee Edwards, National Fire Protection Association


Taxonomy Division: Taxonomy Basics

If you need a detailed introduction to taxonomy concepts, we hope you'll take the full day CE course offered at SLA 2019, Taxonomy Design & Creation.  However, if you can't, and you want to understand the differences between a taxonomy, a thesaurus, and an ontology, come to this session to learn some of the basics of information organization structures, rules and standards.

Date/Time: Monday, June 17th – 11:15-11:45am

Location: Conference Center, Room 9
Level:    Fundamental
Length: 20 minutes

Speaker: Heather Kotula, Access Innovations, Inc.


Taxonomy Division: Taxonomy Governance IRL

Your taxonomy needs structure and control and yet also needs to be flexible and adaptable. How do you find a balance? How does everybody else do it? Listen to a panel of taxonomists discussing the governance challenges they've addressed and best practices they've adopted, followed by the opportunity for interactive discussion and questions.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 16th – 4:15-5:30pm

Location: Conference Center, Room 13
Level:    Intermediate
Length:  60 minutes

Speakers:  Susannah Woodbury, Overstock; Paula McCoy, Proquest

Moderator: Michele Lamorte,


Taxonomy Division: Taxonomy Roundtable

Join fellow taxonomists and ontologists to discuss hot topics, areas of concern, and share success stories.  Tables will be loosely grouped by industry to facilitate networking as well as learning.  Discussion time will be followed by summary reports from each table about the issues and solutions discussed.

Date/Time: Monday, June 17th – 9:00-10:30am

Location: Conference Center, Room 22
Level:    Intermediate
Length:   90

Speakers: discussion only / Moderator: Margie Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc.


Taxonomy Division: Taxonomy Tools and Tool Evaluation

Excel remains the incubator for many taxonomies, and some content management systems have basic taxonomy features. However, if you need additional functionality such as customized relationships, auto-categorization and taxonomy use in multiple applications, there are a surprising array of tools, modules, features and functionalities to consider. How do you know what you need? How do you avoid buying too much, or too little, functionality? Join us for a roundup of the state of the technology related to controlled vocabularies and how to evaluate tools based on your requirements and constraints (including technology, time, resources and money).

Date/Time: Tues., June 18th – 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Conference Center, Room 19
Level:    Intermediate
Length:  60 minutes

Speaker: Marti Heyman, OCLC; Heather Hedden, Gale, a Cengage Company

Moderator: Paula McCoy, Proquest


Taxonomy Division: Taxonomy-Ontology Conversions: Case Studies

Want to use Linked Data, ensure interoperability, and/or support search and discovery with the capabilities of an ontology?  Find out more about ontologies and learn from practitioners who have done taxonomy-ontology conversions.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18th – 10:15-11:30am

Location: Conference Center, Room 20
Level:    Intermediate
Length:  75 minutes

Speakers:  Edee Edwards, National Fire Protection Association; David Bender, Radiological Society of North America; Mary Chitty, Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Moderator: Heather Kotula, Access Innovations, Inc.


IT Division Events:

Digital Asset Management (DAM) Networking Event

Date and Time: Sunday, June 16th, 7:15-8:15pm

Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Veterans D
: 60 minutes

Description: Join other digital asset management professionals for a casual networking event. Also open to anyone who’d like to learn more about DAM and connect with professionals in the space.

Sponsor/Promotor: IT Division


IT Dance Party

Date and Time: Monday, June 17th, 9:00pm-11:30pm

Length: 120 minutes

Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Hope Ballroom E

Description: “ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT!” While in the home of the Rock and Roll Museum, join us for a rockin’ good time at the annual IT Dance Party!

Sponsor/Promoter: IT Division