Friday, 20 August 2010

Bob McKee, 1950-2010

It is with regret that we note the sudden death of Bob McKee, Chief Executive of CILIP and a prominent personality in the UK library community for many years. Bob was Chief Executive of the Library Association when it merged with the Institute of Information Scientists in 2002.

Amongst the many roles he undertook, he was a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations. It was while attending the IFLA Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden that he died. Bob was due to retire from his post with CILIP in October.

I am sure that all ISKO UK members will join me in expressing condolences to Bob’s family, and in extending a welcome to his successor at CILIP, Annie Mauger.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Building and Exploiting Taxonomies, 22 October 2010, Manchester

This workshop should be of interest to all ISKO UK members.
  • What do we mean by taxonomy?
  • How does taxonomy benefit the organisation?
  • Taxonomy building: a practical session
  • Facet analysis
  • The stages of taxonomy development
  • Building a taxonomy model
  • Taxonomy tools
The workshop will be held in Manchester on 22 October, and will be facilitated by ISKO UK member Judi Vernau of Metataxis.

Places are being taken up fast, so if you'd like to attend, go here to register.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

1000 mile cycle ride for ISKO UK speaker

Andy Powell, one of our speakers at the forthcoming one-day conference Linked Data: The Future of Knowledge Organization on the Web is cycling the length of Britain to raise money for two charities, St Peter's Hospice in Bristol and Book Aid International.

Andy was prompted to undertake the ride after his close colleague at UKOLN in Bath, Rachel Heery, died in July. Rachel, Deputy Director at UKOLN, was well known in the metadata community and contributed immensely not only to UKOLN, but to kindred organizations such as JISC. Tributes to Rachel from her UKOLN and JISC colleagues have been posted on the web.