SIG Information

Business (affiliated)

Contact: Elizabeth Walker at


Fees: $5/year
The Business SIG began in July 2000 as a resource for indexers of business-related books. The SIG’s mission is to provide members with publicity, information exchange, publisher/author information, professional development, and job referrals, and to advance awareness of quality indexes for business-related publications. Professional indexers and others interested in the indexing of business subjects such as (but not limited to) accounting, marketing, management, supervision, business law, finance, banking, or investing may be interested in joining this SIG.

Benefits of membership include participation in the SIG’s Yahoo discussion list (subscribe at and a free listing in the SIG’s online marketing directory. To be added to the directory, members must submit the membership form at

Culinary (affiliated)

Contact: Erica Caridio, SIG Coordinator at


Annual fee: $10/year

The Culinary Indexing Special Interest Group is an educational forum and network for indexers interested in culinary indexing for books, periodicals, and websites. Membership requires concurrent membership in either the American Society for Indexing or one of its affiliated organizations. The SIG serves several functions. As an educational forum, it provides opportunities for members to discuss technical culinary indexing problems through the Yahoo email list available to members only. As a network, it provides members with access to information about publishers, authors, editors, and others who need culinary indexes. The SIG website at also includes an extensive collection of articles about culinary indexing, as well as the SIG Membership Directory. The website allows potential clients to find SIG members with the competence, experience, and availability that clients require.

The mission of the Culinary Indexing Special Interest Group is:

  • to serve as an educational forum for its members through discussion of culinary indexing standards and practices and for nonmembers through educational outreach and instruction
  • to promote awareness of standards and practices in culinary indexing to authors and publishers, as well as awareness of SIG member competence, experience, and availability in the specialty
  • to serve as a referral network, so that members can reliably recommend other indexers who share their specialty
  • to serve as a network for sharing information about the culinary publishing industry and potential clients. Members may use this network to find other culinary indexers to whom they may refer projects.

See for information on joining the SIG.

Gardening/Environmental Studies (affiliated)

Contact: Donna Drialo at



Directory: online at SIG web site

Fees: $15 annual, due January of each year; can be paid in conjunction with ASI membership payment. Fee payment at other times can be made via the ASI Online Store.

The Gardening/Environmental Studies SIG is an alliance of trained, skilled indexers with education, background, and experience in numerous subject specialties, including botany, gardening, horticulture, landscape design, agriculture, biogeography, ecology, environmental topics, geography, homesteading, natural history, natural resources, wildlife conservation and more. SIG activities include marketing, member networking, referrals, and continuing education. The SIG maintains a Yahoo Groups listserv (Bioindexers) for member networking and information exchange. All members are encouraged to sign up with Yahoo Groups in order to receive SIG news and announcements.

The G/ES SIG maintains an online membership directory on its web site listing indexers’ contact information, subject specialties, format capabilities, and language expertise. New or prospective members must fill out an application form in order to be incorporated into the online directory.

Genealogy Indexing and Transcription (affiliated)

Contact: Katrina Everhart at
ASI GIT members uphold current professional standards in genealogy indexing and transcription as well as enhance the knowledge of other indexers, professional and amateur genealogists, librarians, and publishers regarding the special needs of genealogists and historians utilizing genealogical works. Anyone is welcome to join in helping promote GIT; we have occasional notices and announcements sent through the Yahoo Newsletter function.

History/Archaeology (affiliated)

Contact: Eve Morey Christiansen, at



Directory available.

Fees: $0/year
The History-Archaeology SIG is an alliance of professional indexers with backgrounds in history, archaeology, and biography. We also index related subjects including anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, and literary criticism. Trade books, textbooks, children’s books, and scholarly books all fall into our purview.

Networking and marketing are the two primary goals of the SIG. We market our expertise and services in several ways:

  • We maintain a website at that provides a list of professional indexers by their indexing specialties, names, and language competences. To be listed in the directory, new members must complete and submit the membership form that can be downloaded from the SIG website.
  • We provide members with an online list of annual large conferences in history- and archaeology-related fields, their dates, locations, and websites, so that members can market themselves and/or the SIGs in person if the conferences are held near their homes.
  • We have a marketing flyer about the SIG on our website in PDF, which can be printed off to take to conferences or send to publishers or authors.
  • An article on the website explains why scholarly authors need professional indexers.
  • We have targeted publishers by postcards and flyers in the past and are considering other ways of reaching publishers in the future.

A members-only YahooGroups email list enables us to discuss ways to achieve our goals, recognize volunteers or superlative indexers in our field, network, and publicize our services throughout the year. Members may subscribe to the list at

We welcome all ASI members and members of international indexing societies who index in history- and archaeology-related fields. Dues are usually collected along with ASI membership payments. International members and those joining at other times may pay dues via the ASI Online Store. To download the membership form required for being added to the SIG’s marketing directory, visit

Legal (affiliated)

Contact: Mary Wendt at


The Legal Indexing SIG has been established and is for indexers who are interested in legal indexing. The SIG is open to any member of ASI and the other indexing societies worldwide. There are no dues for 2012 membership. Members are invited to join the Legal Indexing SIG discussion group.

Periodical/Database Indexing (affiliated)

Contact: Ruby Gutierrez at : $5/year

The Periodical/Database Indexing Group is intended for both current periodical and database indexers, freelance and in-house, who are interested in networking and sharing information. Some of our goals are

  • Provide a discussion space where members can communicate with others who are interested in periodical and database indexing
  • Help make database companies and periodical publishers aware of our qualified members when they are looking for indexers
  • Share our knowledge and expertise with new indexers who are interested in periodical and database indexing
  • Help to make periodical and database indexing more visible in the indexing world

Requirements for membership are 1) membership in ASI or an ASI-affiliated indexing organization; 2) paying US $5 dues, and 3) a willlingness to join the group’s YahooGroups listserv:

Politics/International Relations

Contact: Breffni Whelan at

Our YahooGroups email list is called “indexingpolitics.” Interested folks can sign up at Anyone interested in joining the email list, or being listed in the “Find an Indexer” page on the website, can contact Breffni Whelan.

Science/Medicine (affiliated)

Manager: Michelle Guiliano,

Membership Coordinator: Shana Milkie,

Treasurer: Caryl Wenzel,

Webmaster: Linda Mamassian,


Directory is posted at the web site.

Fees: $10 per year—SIG membership information can be found on the Science/Medicine web site.
The Science and Medicine SIG is an alliance of skilled indexing professionals with professional and academic credentials in numerous subject specialties, including technology, clinical medicine, engineering, physics, veterinary medicine and more. The SIG’s focus is to market the services of its members to those who hire indexers for medical and scientific materials, including databases, books, and other media.

Our web site contains various information and features of interest to many involved in the publishing industry:

  • A directory of our members, containing descriptions of the types of materials we index and our contact information. The directory is searchable by subject specialization, languages indexed, location (U.S. state), and name
  • An online resource guide with links to helpful Web sites for editors, indexers, and anyone else in the publishing industry. The resource guide focuses primarily on scientific and medical topics but also contains links of more general interest.
  • Sci/Med SIG news and events, as well as other information about the SIG.

All current SIG members have email capability and new members are encouraged to acquire it as soon as possible. The members communicate through an email list that is also used to post occasional job listings; announcements and news are posted on the website.

Sports-Fitness (affiliated)

Contact: Connie Binder at



Fees: $15.00 per year
The Sports-Fitness Indexing Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) has been formed to serve as a network for indexers who work in the areas of sports, fitness, and related materials. The SIG serves several functions, including education and networking. Through meetings, publications, and internet resources, the SIG offers its members a forum for education, an opportunity to discuss and solve problems that occur in indexing these materials, as well as a chance to learn about potential indexing opportunities by communicating with each other through an e-mail discussion list.
The SIG also exists to promote a positive dialog between publishers and indexers who seek to provide our audience, the readers, with quality, user-friendly indexes. This dialog will be accomplished by the creation of marketing materials by the members of the SIG. A directory of available indexers will be maintained online and available to potential clients.

To be a member of this group, one must be a member of ASI or an ASI-affiliated indexing organization. One must also pay the SIG dues in effect.

Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies (affiliated)

Contact: Moira Calder at


Webmaster: Kathy Quigley

Membership: D’Ann Hamilton-White at

Directory available.

Dues: $5.00

The Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies Special Interest Group (SIG) is a networking and educational forum for individuals with both a professional interest or background in indexing and involvement, or intentions to get involved, in creating or editing taxonomies, thesauri, or controlled vocabularies used for indexing. They may either be freelancers, contractors, or consultants, or work as in-house developers of taxonomies, thesauri, or controlled vocabularies, such as for publishers, database vendors, search software developers, etc.

Its objectives are to:

  • Act as a forum for discussion of techniques, tools, standards and practices relevant to creating or maintaining taxonomies, thesauri, or controlled vocabularies.
  • Provide information to indexers who want to expand their field and apply their skills to work in taxonomies and controlled vocabularies.
  • Make taxonomy owners and consultants aware that there exist skilled indexing professionals available who are qualified to take on taxonomy projects.
  • Serve Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG members as a centralized source for referring contract projects and jobs.

The Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG sponsors a LinkedIn discussion group:
ASI Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG.

Web and Electronic Indexing (affiliated)

Contact: Christine Graham at



Webmaster: Dwight Walker at

Directory available.

Dues: $5.00

The Web and Electronic Indexing SIG serves indexers interested in:

  • creating hyperlinked back-of-the book style indexes on web sites
  • converting indexes to HTML
  • indexing online periodicals
  • performing HTML metadata keyword indexing
  • embedded, XML, online help and eBook indexing

The Web and Electronic Indexing SIG offers:

  • A web site full of resources on web, electronic, embedded, XML, online help and eBook indexing, including articles and presentations, a page of “Best Practices,” and a list of links to web site index examples
  • A searchable database of members offering freelance services (in addition to its directory of all members)
  • A printed brochure targeted at potential clients
  • A PowerPoint presentation on web indexing and videos on embedded indexing that any member may use to present to local groups of web developers or information professionals
  • A Web Indexing Award.

Web Indexing Award:
To encourage high quality web and electronic indexes and to promote the web and electronic indexing work of professional indexers, the Web and Electronic Indexing Special Interest Group of the American Society for Indexing awards an annual Web Indexing Award for excellence in web and electronic indexing. Further information is available at

*Note that other professional organizations also have indexing specialty focus. For more detail, see our Professional Organizations page.