The author Lucy Maude Montgomery said, "That is one good thing about this world... there are always sure to be more springs." I hope that, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, some aspect of spring -- the colors, warmth, and longer days – has arrived, and that for all of our readers, wherever you find yourself, something has energized you. For me, the last few months were a bit of a slog (don't tell my boss), but now I'm all about getting outside, heading out on my bike, and planning for the summer ahead. And planning for the months ahead – specifically the 2022 SLA Conference Source Forward in Charlotte, NC from July 31st – August 3rd – is exactly what we've been working on. We currently have 7 separate taxonomy sessions in the works: 4 educational sessions (sneak peek at a few titles: Metadata Governance; The Role of DEI in Taxonomy Development, Maintenance, Search, and Retrieval; and Research Sources and Methodologies for Taxonomy Development), two social events, and an in-person panel discussion (to join our panel, find more information below). If you would like further information about anything conference related, please reach out to Julie Vittengl, our Conference Coordinator. If you can't make it to the conference but you're interested in getting involved in other ways, we've got you! Consider contributing content to the Taxonomy Times (we welcome blogs, interesting features, book reviews, and, of course, new ideas!), or volunteering for the currently empty Membership Committee position. For more information on either of these opportunities, please contact me through SLA Connect or e-mail. Within the next few months, you will be receiving a member survey, which will help us determine in what ways the Taxonomy Division can best contribute to your career and professional development. We will send this out via e-mail as well as through SLA Connect, so please take a few minutes to provide your input. Finally, we can't let a current milestone go by without a shout-out – this is the 50th edition of the Taxonomy Times, with Issue #1 published in January 2010, following the establishment of the Taxonomy Division in September 2009. In that inaugural edition, Division Chair, Margie Hlava, wrote:
"We are dedicated to the proven potential of taxonomy tools for increasing productivity-personal and organizational. We intend to offer high quality information resources and a network of professionals working with controlled vocabularies."
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has delivered on that promise over the past 12 years, and especially those who have made the newsletter happen! I look forward to working with all of you, and seeing what the months ahead will bring! Best, Marisa Hughes
As we mark the 50th Issue of the Taxonomy Times – the 2nd in our new format – we are grateful to all of the volunteers who have given their time and energy to create and edit content, with special thanks to our current team. The Bulletin Committee helps our community members feel connected and keeps them updated by providing four quarterly issues of Taxonomy Times every year. With the introduction of our new format, we are able to bring more varied content, such as blogs and linked features, as well as provide a more flexible delivery system. We welcome your feedback on improvements, content areas you would like us to add, or ways we can better use the newsletter to connect with our members. To provide input, contribute features, or join the Bulletin community, please reach out to Marisa Hughes.
With in-person events still limited this past year, the Taxonomy Community has continued to hold virtual networking events. This has included virtual game nights, virtual happy hours, and informal professional development discussions. Since we were unable to have our usual no-host dinner after KMWorld, we also held a virtual meet up after the conference where we were able to network and discuss Taxonomy Bootcamp. We will continue to have virtual happy hours and game nights, but I am looking forward to being able to also add in person events after conferences. Keep an eye out on Connect for announcements about upcoming networking activities.
Since my last report in April 2021, when I reported on the Mar 25, 2021, session entitled, "Lessons Learned in Indexing Training," the Professional Development Committee has presented one webinar. That was held on Nov 17, 2021, and featured seven Senior Content Editors who work at ProQuest's Editorial office in Louisville, Kentucky. The session was presented as a panel discussion in which the editors talked about their work in curating the social science, natural science, and technology databases while also managing the indexing vocabularies and the automated indexing program for those vocabularies. This session, entitled "Seek and Find: Combining Search with Indexing – and Finding Taxonomy Careers in the Process: A Panel Discussion," was presented on Zoom for the first time. Jaye Lapachet and I worked together to set up the session; everything went smoothly and the session was well attended. The webinar can be viewed here. (Passcode: zXz=7B7*). In June, Ashley Hamblin and I collaborated on a happy hour event oriented toward professional development: The Taxonomy Happy Hour Professional Development Series was a casual discussion of how we try to fit professional development into our workday. While not highly attended, the session was a chance for attendees to share ideas and approaches. I hope to plan another session along these lines soon-let's talk, Ashley! The change in our work lives since March 2020 continued into 2021, with many of us facing uncertainty and stress as our employers tried to get us back into the office in fits and starts-and sometimes not at all, as it turns out. As a result, we are now consuming conferences and even "mini" conferences online only. The SLA Annual Conference, while offering varied and often excellent choices, required me to set aside a lot of time watching mostly recorded sessions on my laptop at home. Yes, they were good, but I had no one to discuss them with! Consequently, my goal is no longer four professional development webinars per year, but rather one or two, supplemented by ongoing Happy Hours that give us opportunities to not only socialize, but to share our experiences as taxonomists, ontologists, catalogers, and whatever else we are. I encourage everyone to pay attention to the webinar offerings of other SLA communities, to the taxonomy-oriented postings in LinkedIn and elsewhere (of which there are many), and to the offerings of conferences like Taxonomy Boot Camp and Taxonomy Boot Camp London, not to mention the Taxonomy Community's sessions at SLA Annual. If you find something valuable, share it in SLA Connect. In the past six months, I have been consumed with the acquisition of ProQuest by Clarivate, in part because of my role as site leader for the Louisville office of ProQuest and its nearly 60 associates. We are now settled in, and I am committed to spending more time now on my taxonomy professional development. I hope all of you are doing well, settling in to your roles and your physical and emotional spaces, and ready to engage with the Taxonomy Community to continue your professional development! As always, send professional development webinar topic and speaker suggestions to Paula McCoy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jaye Lapachet (email@example.com).
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This is a great opportunity to share your experience and to network and learn from others in the field. As an added bonus, panel participants will receive a discounted registration rate of $400 (instead of $650). For more details, please contact Julie Vittengl or Marisa Hughes.
SLA's 2022 Annual Conference: Source Forward is the premier industry event for librarians in business, legal, medical, military, government, academic and other "specialized" information environments. Featuring 100-plus education sessions, business meetings, and social events as well as opportunities to learn about the newest information products and services, the conference will provide you with-