In order to continue preparing Special Libraries Association (SLA) taxonomists for more advanced implementations, we have asked a number of people to share their real-life experiences with us in an interactive presentation and discussion format.

In the first section of this course, each presenter will give a 30-minute case study of a taxonomy implementation. They will cover how and why their organization decided to implement a taxonomy, their approach to implementation, lessons learned, and the current status.

After the break, the presenters will be available for small group discussions and Q&A with participants, who will move around to the speaker tables to interact directly with them.

hearherOne of the presenters during the Taxonomy Cafe will be Heather Hedden. Heather is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning. Previously she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant and First Wind and as a taxonomy consultant through PPC and her own business, Hedden Information Management. At Cengage, she updates the subject thesaurus used for various Gale reference databases and develops discipline taxonomies for new educational products. Additionally, Heather teaches online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. She serves on the board of the SLA Taxonomy Division, the board of the American Society for Indexing, and on a working group of vocabulary use and reuse for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Heather has published numerous articles and is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist (2010, 2016) (

Because we often wonder about the technology options available and which would be best to implement in our situation, several technology vendors will present overviews of their products. All presenters will be available all day for direct one-on-one interactions. This allows participants to speak directly with experts gaining in-depth understanding of the concepts, methods, implementations and options available for their own use. Register here.

Melody K. Smith

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