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Contact: Jim Fuhr or Denise Alberts at:


Core Region: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin

Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter

Chapter Lunch Chat
Saturday, May 5, 2018
11:00am in Kenosha, Wisconsin
All are welcome!

Fall Workshop
Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn—Des Plaines, Illinois


Contact: Theresa Duran at
Core Region: Northern California, Nevada


Golden Gate Chapter
Lunch & Webinar Viewing
Sunday, December 3, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1600 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA

All Northern California indexers and indexing students are invited to attend a lunch and webinar viewing on December 3, 2017, in Berkeley. We’ll have lunch from a local pizzeria, along with side dishes, beverages, and dessert, all provided courtesy of the Golden Gate Chapter. There will be time to chat about how our indexing work went this year and discuss prospects and goals for next year.

Following lunch, we’ll replay the ASI webinar “PDFs in the Indexing Process: Maximizing Your Efficiency,” with Connie Binder. This fast-paced webinar helps you increase data-entry speed and accuracy by using Adobe Reader, Acrobat Standard/Pro, and Margaret Berson’s Megabit Macros to their fullest potential in the indexing process. Topics include using Find and Advanced Search, setting Preferences, navigating the PDF, using keyboard shortcuts, and more.

ASI members and nonmembers: $20.00 for the webinar viewing. This is a reduced rate just for this event. ASI members will have unlimited online access to the webinar following the event.

Checks (payable to American Society for Indexing) or cash can be paid at the door, but you must pre-register by contacting Theresa Duran ( by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2017. Please indicate whether you prefer vegetarian pizza or have any other dietary requests. If you have already purchased the webinar and would still like to attend, there will be no additional fee, but you must let us know in advance.

1600 Addison Street, in the commons room of the University Terrace condo complex (courtesy of Susan Storch)

The entrance to the complex is on the east side of California Street between Addison and Allston. The pillars to either side of the entrance say “St. Joseph’s Academy.” Across from the green, or common grassy area, is a large building that used to be a Catholic school. The commons room is in the basement of that building. Park on the street wherever you can. PLEASE NOTE: The parking area on Jefferson between Addison and Allston is off-limits to nonresidents.


Contact: Meridith Murray,
Core Region: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee


Contact: Connie Binder (Chair),
Core Region: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania


MSA Chapter Meeting
March 25, 2017

1 to 5 pm followed by dinner
Hilton Garden Inn, Old Town Alexandria, VA
Index Editing

We are planning to devote an afternoon to discuss editing techniques for indexes. Each attendee is asked to think about how they edit and what “tricks” they have developed to save time and improve the final index. We will all share our expertise!

Our guest speaker, Carol Roberts (a long-time indexer from Milwaukee), edits a scholarly index in 30 minutes. Yes, you read that right, 30 minutes! She will share with us how this is possible in a step-by-step process she has developed that significantly cuts editing time. Her tips include:

  • when to do your editing (while keying in vs. at the end),
  • suggestions for flagging entries to be edited later, and
  • a line-by-line systematic final edit.

Although Carol will demonstrate her techniques using CINDEX, the concepts are not platform specific and are adaptable to any of the professional indexing programs. As time permits, Carol will also tell us about her marketing techniques and experiences using LinkedIn. For those who are not familiar with Carol’s talks and articles on marketing, she has a lot of good advice and in the past year developed a successful campaign to use this social media platform to expand her client base.

There will be a short business meeting for the chapter.

Refreshments will be provided during the meeting. Following the meeting we will host a dinner for all attendees who sign up. The dinner location Vasos (on King Street) is walkable from the hotel, and the registration fee includes your choice of dinner entree, beverage (non-alcoholic), and dessert.

Registration is open until 2/18/16.

In order to be assured of a spot at this meeting, timely registration is needed. You will receive confirmation of your registration.

Fees: ASI members: $30.00; non-ASI members: $40.00
Please make checks payable to MSA-ASI and mail along with the completed registration form found below to:

Julie Cursi at 47 Hobbit Lane, Finleyville, PA, 15332.

Questions? Contact Enid Zafran,

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Contact: Jennifer Spanier at
Core Region: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont


New England ASI Chapter Spring Meeting
Indexes in Ebooks and Embedded Indexing

Thursday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cengage Learning, 10 Channel Center, 3rd floor, Boston, MA

Evening rate parking is available in a lot on A Street for $8 or in the Necco Street garage for $10, or take the Red Line to Broadway. It’s also not far to walk from South Station.
This event is free.

In an event co-organized by Bookbuilders of Boston, the New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing (, and the Digital Publications Indexing Special Interest Group of American Society for Indexing (, and hosted by Bookbuilders member Cengage Learning (, we will learn and discuss issues in incorporating the book index into digital publications.

We will have a featured presentation on Indexes for Digital Publications followed by brief presentations on the status of index production from two leading publishers: Mary Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Higher Education Production for textbooks at Cengage Learning and Teresa Elsey, Senior Managing Editor of the group that produces ebooks for the Trade division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This will be followed by a Q&A, and hopefully some good discussion. There will also be networking time and food sufficient for a light supper (rice bowls from Grainmaker. Join us!

Register here for this event.

“Indexes for Digital Publications: “The Battle of the Books”
Presented by Stephen Ingle
In 1704 the Irish author Jonathan Swift satirically described a literal “battle of the books” in the King’s Library in London. Today we are witnessing several battles in the digital publishing sphere: between proponents and opponents of indexes, between freelance indexers and their customers who want more for less, and even between individual indexers about the best way to approach indexing for digital books. The good news is that we are starting to see some emerging solutions to these conflicts. This presentation will offer suggestions on how publishers can maximize customer value by utilizing the potential of digital indexes in the most cost-effective way.

Stephen Ingle is the president and CEO of WordCo Indexing Services, Inc. (, founded in 1988 and located in Norwich, Connecticut. He has served on the national board of the American Society for Indexing (ASI). His interests include publishing workflows, especially as they pertain to digital publishing. He is presenting the Textbook & Academic Authors Association annual conference in Santa Fe in June.

Contact: ASI office


Contact: Scott Smiley, Chair,
Core Region: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington


Pacific Northwest Chapter/ASI


Saturday, September 15, 8:30-5:30

Springhill Marriott Suites, Vancouver, WA


Announcing the PNW chapter’s annual fall meeting! On Saturday, September 15, we will meet new indexers and greet veteran indexers for an informative, productive, and enjoyable program that includes:

    • Indexing in digital environments
      Pilar Wyman, recipient of the 2017 Hines Award and longtime advocate for the indexing profession at the local, national, and international levels, has also been a leader in moving indexing into the digital age. In her session, she will discuss  indexing for digital publications, giving an overview of the current state of the field and the software, skills, and training that indexers need to work in it. She will also give a glimpse into future possibilities and trends. The session will end with a panel of local indexers who are working in different digital environments and a time for questions and answers.
    • Disaster planning for your business
      Carolyn Weaver, 2015 Hines Award recipient and PNW/ASI founding member, will lead a discussion on preparing your business for the unexpected, whether technological, environmental, or health-related. Good business practices, up-to-date security systems, and redundant backup systems are logical defenses against technological and environmental disasters. Unpredictable health-related disasters can be even more devastating for a small business owner, so we’ll also discuss systems for maintaining up-to-date instructions for a “trustee” (family member or colleague) who can act on your behalf in dealing with clients and other business matters if you are suddenly incapacitated.
    • The new tax law
      Greg Bessert, local attorney, has represented tax and business clients through his Bessert Law Firm in Battle Ground, Washington since 1992.  He will be presenting on how changes in the 2017 tax law affect self-employed people such as us. After going over scenarios of tax situations at three different income levels, he’ll take questions and also address inquiries submitted ahead of time.
  • “Knotty Bits” group discussion
    We didn’t solve all of our “knotty bits” last year, so we’ll once again put our heads together to come up with solutions for perplexing indexing problems. Participants will submit “knotty bits” both ahead of time and during the discussion, knowing that many minds working together are much better than one mind in isolation when it comes to generating possible solutions to aggravating conundrums.

Watch for registration information in June. In the meantime, contact Sam Arnold-Boyd at if you have questions, and reserve Saturday, September 15 on your calendars!



Contact: Barbara Niederhoff,
Core Region: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah


Rocky Mountain Chapter of ASI
Annual Meeting and Election
Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Living Room at Koelbel Library
5955 South Holly Street
Centennial, CO 80121

11:30 am: Setup and Greeting
12:00 pm: Chapter Annual Meeting and Election


Contact: Diana Witt or Sandi Schroeder
Core Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee


Contact: Jen Weers or Jan Wann
Core Region: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa


Contact: Lisa DeBoer at


WNYASI Chapter Meeting
July 22, 2017
Rio Tomatlan
Canandaigua, NY

Please join the Western New York Chapter of the American Society for Indexing for a luncheon meeting on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 12–3 p.m. at Rio Tomatlan in Canandaigua. We’ll discuss the recent ASI Annual Conference in Portland, Maine and updated chapter status information. Frances Lennie will talk about last month’s Society of Indexers’ Oxford Symposium and exhibit on the Book Index at the Bodleian Library. Additionally, we will have an open forum on indexing related-topics, and of course, networking!

There is no charge for this meeting, beyond individual costs for lunch.

Please RSVP to Lisa DeBoer at by July 20.

Rio Tomatlan is located at 106 Bemis St, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Phone: (585) 394 – 9380