All workshops are half day unless otherwise indicated.

WS01: Taxonomy and Thesaurus Creation


Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Faculty: Heather Hedden
Level: Basic
This workshop will provide the overview, key points, and some of the practice needed for those with indexing or library science backgrounds to start working on creating taxonomies and thesauri. Short practical exercises will be interspersed among the topics. The workshop also includes demonstrations of thesaurus management software: MultiTes, Synaptica, and Data Harmony. Outline: Introduction, Definitions, Term relationships, Wording of terms and their variants, Facets and categories, Sources for terms, Software, Project processes, Related topics, Types of work available, and Resources.

WS02: Indexing InDesign


Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Faculty: Jan Wright     Lucie Haskins    
Level: Advanced
Learn InDesign indexing with Lucie Haskins and Jan Wright. This special workshop will cover handling files from clients, opening and creating book files, checking for pre-existing indexing, making entries, editing in the Index Palette, and generating your index. You will learn best practices for working with InDesign's indexing features.Register early! This workshop is limited to 20 participants and has several requirements: participants must have substantial indexing experience and provide their own laptop computer; directions for downloading and installing a trial version of InDesign will be supplied before the workshop. This workshop is intensive and hands-on in nature.

WS05: Crash Course in Book Indexing


Thursday, April 19, 2012   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Faculty: Seth Maislin
Level: Basic
Hit the gym, and then come here! Well learn as much as possible about indexing in a single heavy-duty morning. Its cramming time: squeeze in a wealth of foundational indexing education before the conference gets started in earnest. Well smack down all the basics: culling the text for what to index, word choice, subheadings, page numbers, cross-refs, format, layout, and indexers tools. Give yourself a conference-long boost with this energetic and fun workshop, presented by one of our most enthusiastic speakers and a past-president of ASI.

WS03: Getting Started in Indexing


Thursday, April 19, 2012   1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Faculty: Madge Walls
Level: Basic
Getting Started in Indexing isn't easy. You need a good plan, and some confidence. This workshop has two parts: Getting Ready to Get Busy and Finding that First Job.This workshop was presented at ASI Portland 2009, and at the Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter in 2010. Both times it received rave reviews, for example: "The most helpful seminar I attended was undoubtedly Madge Walls's 'Getting Started.' I feel that the materials included with her presentation are invaluable to any indexer, new or accomplished. If you ever have the chance to attend any event hosted by her, I would urge you to seize the opportunity."

WS04: Double Posting and Its Friends


Thursday, April 19, 2012   1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Faculty: Enid Zafran
A new skills improvement workshop.
Double posting means more than just creating another entry it involves understanding when to use cross-references, when to customize the other multiple postings, and how to avoid scattering. Enid will address common mistakes in indexing (including over-indexing which creates extra work for the indexer and under-indexing which creates extra work for the user), as well as show shortcuts for inputting and accuracy in indexing jobs. This workshop, and its extensive handouts, will offer useful tips for both newer and more experienced indexers.