Upcoming Presentations and Workshops

Designing & Maintaining Practical Taxonomies pre-conference workshop
Computers in Libraries Conference
This workshop provides instruction, best practices, and numerous tips on designing and maintaining taxonomies for practical use. Design considerations include whether to create a taxonomy or thesaurus, whether a taxonomy should be primarily hierarchical or faceted, how large should it be, are synonyms/variants needed and if so how many, what are the sources for the terms, and what are the guidelines for properly creating hierarchical relationships. Whether you need to create a taxonomy to organize information on a web site, classify information in a content management system, establish a controlled vocabulary for a periodical or database indexing project, or simply understand how to use taxonomies and thesauri better, this workshop will get you on your way.
Workshop outline
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
Date: Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:00 – 12:00

Customer-Focused Thesauri CyberTour exhibit hall presentation
Computers in Libraries Conference
Thesauri support consistent indexing, and high precision and recall in retrieval in research databases, but on the customer end, thesauri are often overlooked in user interfaces which promote a simplified search experience. Hear about the features and benefits of a thesaurus, how the “hidden” thesaurus can be found, and see through subscription database demos and screenshots. As editor of the Gale subject thesaurus, our speaker hopes to encourage librarians to guide, train, and/or provide documentation to users to encourage them to find and make use of a database’s thesaurus to get the most accurate results.
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2:00 – 2:15

Creating Thesauri and Taxonomies
American Society for Indexing conference
A thesaurus, as a kind of controlled vocabulary, is a valuable tool for indexing different kinds of media: periodical articles , photographs, videos, podcasts, etc. Thesaurus and taxonomy creation is also an application of the indexing skillset. This session presents the basics of designing and creating a thesaurus or taxonomy, whether to support one’s own indexing projects or as a service to others. Topics to covered include: types and uses of controlled vocabularies, creating and wording of terms and variants, creating hierarchical and associative relationships, comparisons between thesauri and book indexes, and thesaurus management software.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside, 1111 Lakeside Avenue E, Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

21st Century Standards for Indexes
American Society for Indexing Conference
This interactive session will include an overview of the landscape of standards and recommended practices relevant to indexers. We’ll provide a brief orientation to NISO before diving into two specific NISO documents of importance to ASI members. “Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices” needs updating. Much has changed since this recommended practice was published in 1997, such as embedded indexing and indexing for eBooks. “Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies,” relevant to periodical/database indexing, is scheduled for revision, and discussion has already begun regarding expansion of the scope of this standard.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside, 1111 Lakeside Avenue E, Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:15 – 11:15 am

Taxonomy Fundamentals” pre-conference workshop
Taxonomy Boot Camp London
This full day workshop is ideal for those who have little experience with taxonomies, or for those who would like to know more about how to design and create a taxonomy from scratch, with a focus on best practices for creating terms and relationships between terms. Topics covered inlude controlled vocaulary definitions and types, taxonomy applications and benefits, creating and wording of terms, synonyms/alternative labels/nonpreferred terms, sources for terms, term relationships, hierarchy design, facet design, software, project process, and taxonomy governace. This workshop will include exercises on creating terms and relations, and live demonstrations of several taxonomy management software products. There will be ample time for questions.
Workshop outline
Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Booksigning Events

Heather Hedden will be signing copies of The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition, offered for sale at a conference discount, at all of the upcoming conferences at which she will be speaking.

Computers in Libraries Conference
Location: Information Today booth in the exhibit hall, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Access to the exhibits is free with an exhibits-only registration (by March 16)

American Society for Indexing Conference
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside, 1111 Lakeside Avenue E, Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:30 – 3:00 pm.