SLA Joins Alliance Calling for Investigation into Google Books Settlement; Forms New Professional Interest Group for Taxonomy Professionals

Aug 25, 2009

The formation of an alliance bringing together non-profits, library groups, corporations, Special Libraries Association (SLA) and other consumer groups to call for a detailed investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the Google Books Settlement has been announced. The alliance anticipates an official launch in the coming weeks, at which point additional information will be released to the media about the member organizations, the intent of the alliance's activities, as well as the type of actions the group will be pursue, including specific details as to its intended course of action with the DOJ. SLA has also announced the formation of a new professional interest division that will focus on issues related to planning, creating, maintaining, and using taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, authority files, and other controlled vocabularies and information structures. The Taxonomy Division of SLA will provide information professionals interested in these topics a professional home-base within SLA, learning opportunities, and access to a global network of colleagues. The Taxonomy Division will focus its professional development and networking activities around strategies to organize and structure information so that content is accessible and useful.