2011 ASI Annual Conference


2011 ASI Annual Meeting

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For assistance with the "Dinner with Someone New", please email the <ASI Staff> to add it to your registration.
Online registration is closed, however you may still register onsite.

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Dear Indexing Colleagues:

Transformation is upon us. It is no longer an ethereal concept for us to discuss and grapple with on a theoretical level. It is having broader influence than simply a different computer model or a new software upgrade. It is here – in our technology, in our business, in our lives.

Transformation is a different process of each of us. It is with this in mind that we are eager to invite you to join us in Providence, Rhode Island, April 28-30, 2011, for the American Society for Indexing's 43rd Annual Conference. Our theme is "Providential Transformation" and we will be looking at concrete, current and compelling aspects of what we all need to be doing to transform ourselves, our business and our craft.

We have two spectacular Keynote Speakers on the schedule: Erin McKean and Joshua Tallent. Erin has transformed herself from the print world, where she was editor-in-chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, to the digital realm in which she works as an online dictionary editor for the company she founded, Wordnik.com. You will see that she has managed to transform herself from a paper-based dictionary editor to an online dictionary editor. She will focus on that transformation process during our conference. Joshua is an eBook guru who works behind the scenes at KindleFormatting.com. He is at the forefront of the eBook world and he will provide us with perspective of one of the most challenging technical areas of transformation that we face.

In addition to the keynote speakers, we are thrilled about the unprecedented number of specially invited speakers from outside ASI who will be part of the program. Harry Bego will join us from the Netherlands to show us Textract. A special panel from WordCo will discuss the balancing act of indexing. We also have experts from the H.W. Wilson Co., theNew York Times, ProQuest, and the American Psychological Association on hand to discuss controlled vocabularies.

There will be something for all levels.

  • Beginning skills will be shared with new indexers.
  • For veteran indexers, adding skills like 21th century marketing, abstracting, and database indexing is another route to transformation.
  • On the international front, working with different cultures and languages is now an everyday requirement, not a luxury.
  • We will look at the client culture, specifically the changing nature of the business environment faced by publishers. How they react then in turn influences our businesses.
  • For established indexers, improving your indexing business may be one best way to transform. We will show you how.
  • At the individual level, we will offer networking, exercising, and life/work balance issues.

The ASI conference will help you decide how you will transform yourselves. The only given is that we cannot remain the same. We all have changes to make. Let's make them together in Providence.

See you in Rhode Island,

Richard Shrout Donna Drialo
President-elect, ASI Program Chair, 2011 ASI Conference

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Annual ConferenceREGISTRATION

2011 Conference Rates

Registration Fees:
April 8th
April 8th
ASI Members: $399 $499
Other Indexing Organizations: $399 $499
Non-Members: $550 $650
Workshop Fees:
WS01: CINDEX: I/O Methods and Techniques - Member $135 $185


$185 $235
WS02: Principles of Indexing
- Member
$245 $295


$295 $395
WS03: Taxonomy and Thesaurus Creation - Member $245 $295


$295 $395
WS04: On the Ground Sky Indexing - Member $135 $185


$185 $235


For assistance with the "Dinner with Someone New", please email the <ASI Staff> to add it to your registration.


One-day Friday registration fees are:

  • ASI Members: $240
  • Non-Members: $340

One-day Saturday registration fees are:

  • ASI Members: $180
  • Non-Members: $280
  • How to register:
    • Online with credit card information. Confirmations will be sent by e-mail.
    • Fax the registration form to (480) 777-9270
      with payment information.
    • Mail the registration form to ASI Headquarters with payment information.
  • Cancellations received in the ASI office by March 25, 2011 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to (480) 777-9270 or emailed togwen@asindexing.org. No refunds after March 25, 2011.



Conference Location:
Hilton Providence Hotel
21 Atwells Avenue
Providence RI, 02903

Phone: 401-831-3900
Fax: 401-751-0007


  • By Phone: 1.800.HILTONS

Reservation Deadline:April 4, 2011
Group Code: ASI

ASI has reserved a block of sleeping rooms at a discounted rate. This allows ASI the use of the meeting and exhibit space at a great discount. Your support in staying at the Hilton helps to keep ASI's meeting and membership costs down.

All rates for single/double/triple/quad occupancy

  • Standard Room: $139
  • Oversized King with Connector: $189

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Westin Hotel
One West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: (401) 598-8000
Make Reservations Online

Group rate of $139 per night.

The Westin is just 2 blocks from the Hilton.


By Plane:
You can fly into Providence to the Theodore Francis Green State Airport, which is located 8 miles from the hotel. You can also fly into Logan Airport in Boston, which is an hour from the hotel.

By Train:
Amtrak runs multiple trains daily into Providence. The hotel is located half a mile from the Providence train station.

From the North: I-95S toward Providence. Take the Atwells Ave. Exit. -#21. At the light, turn left onto Atwells Ave. and the hotel is on the left.

From the South: I-95N - take the Broadway Exit -#21. Follow to 2nd light and make a right. Hotel is on the left.

From Route 6 West: Take Route 6 to the downtown Providence exit. Follow the exit to the light, turn right. 2nd light -right onto Sabin St.... View all directions, map, and airport information

Self Parking: $21.00 per day
Valet Parking: $25.00 per day