ASI 2013 Conference Update and News (Reservations and Awards)

ASI 2013 Annual Conference

Using the Art and Craft of Indexing to Bring Order to the Digital Age
April 17-19, 2013

(Workshops scheduled for Saturday, April 20)


Register Now at the Early Bird Conference Rate!









The ASI National Conference is a great opportunity to add to your professional knowledge, network with your peers...and recharge your batteries! Many of us combine the conference (and its tax breaks) with a family vacation. This year our very special all-suite hotel is perfect if you're "more than one." (And it's you can even bring your dog!)


"The room was absolutely perfect for a family of four. We loved how at night the open sitting area was turned into the bedroom for our boys and we had a very nice king size bedroom for us. The room was plenty spacious, very modern and clean. Loved the size of the bathroom for adults and children. We also had a view of both the city and river walk. Hotel Contessa is right on the river walk."


Included in the price is a long list of amenities so you will feel confident you are getting real value for your hard-earned money:

Bedrooms with King or Two Double Beds


Oversized Bathrooms with Hairdryer and Make-Up Mirror


Separate Living Room with Full Sized Sofa Beds


Floor to Ceiling Windows Overlooking Downtown San Antonio and the Famous Riverwalk


Granite-Top Desk and Work Area in Bedroom


Wireless Internet Access Included


All Luxury Suites are Non-Smoking


And the list goes on!


Make Your Room Reservations by March 26, 2013 to secure the group rate of $149.

The Hotel Contessa is located on the Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. The Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

306 W Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

Nominations for the 2013 Wilson Award are currently open!


The American Society for Indexing/H. W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Indexing was established in 1978 to honor excellence in indexing of an English language monograph or other non-serial print work published in the United States in the previous year (2012 for the 2013 judging). Nominations for the award are welcomed from either the indexer or the publisher, beginning December 1, 2012. The submission deadline is February 23, 2013.


Until this year, the criteria for the Wilson Award has specified that copyright date determines eligibility for submission. Therefore, a book indexed in mid-year and distributed in the fall of 2012 with a 2013 copyright date - an increasingly common scenario - would be ineligible for the 2013 judging. To address this "copyright creep," the criteria for eligibility has been updated to include books in distribution by December 31 of the same calendar year they were indexed. Therefore, eligibility for the 2013 Wilson Award includes both books with a 2012 copyright date, and those copyrighted 2013 that are documented as in distribution prior to December 31, 2012.


Criteria for the award, details about the judging process, and a Wilson Award FAQ can be found by clicking here.


Consider the indexes you've created in 2012 and decide which one represents an excellent index.


Don't wait until the last minute!

 Obtain a copy of the published book containing your index, along with documentation of the 2012 release date if copyrighted in 2013, and nominate your book!  Suggested types of documentation are listed on thesubmission form.


The judging committee is especially interested in seeing books that presented a challenge to the indexer. Scholarly as well as technical volumes and books on unusual or difficult topics often pose such issues. Trade and other types of books are also welcomed. The committee will be looking at how effectively and creatively the indexer has addressed challenges and maintained high standards of index quality and how well the publisher has presented the index.


The ASI/H.W. Wilson Award recognizes the normally anonymous indexers and the publishers who provide high-quality indexes to serve their readers. The indexer of the winning index receives $1,000 from EBSCO Publishing and a plaque. The publisher of the book is also recognized with a plaque. This year's award will be presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Indexing, April 17-19, in San Antonio, Texas.


If you have specific questions about the eligibility of an index for the award, please email the Registrar at



Michele Levinthal

Wilson Award Registrar

25235 SE Klahanie Blvd, Apt. M302

Issaquah, WA 98020

Call for Hines Award Nominations-Submissions Due by February 28, 2013


The Hines Award, named for Theodore Hines, who played a large role in the creation of ASI, was established in 1993 to honor those who have provided exceptional service to the American Society for Indexing and to the profession of indexing as a whole. Previous recipients of the Hines Award have taken active roles in ASI governance both on the chapter and national level, have written and edited books about indexing, contributed presentations and workshops at indexing-related events, and improved training of indexers.


Consider the indexers that you know who have made a difference to you, your ASI chapter, and the profession. The indexer must be a current or former member of ASI. The process to nominate someone consists of gathering letters in support of your nomination that explain why the person you are proposing is worthy of this honor. There is no minimum or maximum number of supporting letters. The letters should make clear the name of the person nominated and then delineate specific accomplishments and offer examples of distinguished service.


While e-mail submissions are preferred, you may also submit nomination packets via U.S. mail or delivery services to the Hines Committee chair:


Enid L. Zafran
19266 Coastal Hwy., Unit 4 #52
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971


The Hines Committee consists of three past recipients of the award: Enid L. Zafran, Frances Lennie, and Janet Perlman. If a recipient is chosen, the award will be announced at the annual ASI conference in San Antonio in 2013. If you have questions about the process, please contact Enid at either the e-mail above or at 302/644-7466. The award recipient will receive a lifetime complimentary membership in ASI. Previous winners are listed on the ASI website.


Call for Hines Award Nominations - Submissions Due by February 28, 2013

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