Taxonomy Governance IRL

When:  Jun 16, 2019 from 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  Taxonomy - Open Community

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.


Susannah Woodbury is the first (and only) Taxonomist at - a 20-year-old e-commerce and tech company based in Utah. Susannah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Utah and taught English as a Second Language for several years before completing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at Kent State University. Susannah dedicates her work as a taxonomist on creating user-centered taxonomies that encourage intuitive browsing and evangelizing the importance of inclusive categorization. 

Paula McCoy is Senior Manager, Content Operations, at ProQuest’s Editorial office in Louisville, Kentucky.  In her role, she oversees editorial curation for the ProQuest Academic platform, including abstracting and indexing, thesaurus management, publications coordination, quality standards and control, and new product development. After moving from supervisor of the ABI/INFORM database to Taxonomy Manager in 2003, Paula led the company’s implementation of auto-categorization and established Louisville as the center of excellence for ProQuest-wide indexing and vocabulary management. Her expertise extends across the variety of ProQuest subject disciplines and customer platforms.

Moderator: Michele Lamorte,

Level: Intermediate

Unit Sponsors: Taxonomy, Information Technology, SOLO


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