About Consultant


Tel: 905 465-3387     Mobile:  416 795-3387
e-mail :   lfarmer@k2s.ca

LINDA FARMER is founder of Second Knowledge Solutions, a consulting business crafting knowledge frameworks for digital content. Linda has over 20 years experience in the library automation and data base publishing industries. She advises educational, business and cultural organizations on categorization and vocabulary control strategies for rendering digital content accessible.

Core Expertise

Selected Projects

Other Professional Experience

Professional Appointments

Member of the Taxonomy Project National Review Committee and the Advisory Group for InformCanada, a pan Canadian bilingual taxonomy for 211 community services ( www.211.ca) (http://www.211taxonomy.org/ 2005

Member of the Knowledge Management cluster of the Dean's Advisory Board, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto (2001 – 2003)

Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University, School of Information Studies (1998-2001)

Selected Publications

“Automatic Categorization – What’s It All About?” (Serials Librarian, Vol. 51, No. 2, 2006)

Describes text processing technologies employed by auto-categorization tools, outlines features of the tools and discusses the human/machine interaction required to execute an effective categorization process. Based on a presentation given at the Canadian Metadata Forum, Ottawa, September 26-28, 2005.

“XML and Taxonomies; A partnership cure for digital sprawl” Information Highways, January-February, 2002


“That Thing We Do: Retooling Librarians for the Digital Age”
Feliciter, Canadian Library Association. November/December, 1997, pp. 56-58, 64


Bachelor of Arts, McGill University

Masters of Library Science, University of Toronto

Last updated October 27, 2008