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Contact: Jim Fuhr or Denise Alberts at:


Core Region: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin

Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter
Spring Workshop
April 20-21, 2018
Des Plaines, Illinois

Save the Date!

Details will be available after January 1, 2017.


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


Heartland Chapter
Fall Meeting
October 1, 2016
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Richmond, Indiana

Morning Mini-Sessions – Members will be leading a series of short sessions and discussions, including:

  • Meridith Murray – Project Scheduling and Record-Keeping
  • Margie Towery – Writing for ASI Publications
  • Carol Reed – Usability Testing
  • Cathy Seckman – Work–Life Integration

Afternoon Peer-Review – We’ll be evaluating and discussing member-submitted indexes. It’s a great opportunity to get multiple perspectives on the indexing decisions we make on a daily basis.

Registration – The Heartland meeting is open to all ASI members and non-members who are interested in indexing. Cost is $25 for Heartland members, $30 for non-members (lunch not included).

Location – The Richmond MCL Cafeteria is at 3801 National Road East, Richmond, IN, in the Richmond Square Mall.

Hope to see you there!

Kansas–Missouri Group

Contact: Mary Mortensen (785) 841-3631 or


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 Fall Meeting
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Hanover, NH

Come join us at the Howe Library at 13 E. South Street in Hanover, NH. There is no charge for this meeting, but each person is responsible for their own lunch costs if they participate in the informal networking luncheon. RSVP is required for both events by sending an email to Michelle Guiliano at Deadline for RSVP is November 23rd.


11:30 to 1 pm. Informal Networking Luncheon at Market Table.
(Market Table is located at 44 S. Main Street, just 1 block from the library. The parking garage is conveniently located between the library and the restaurant. Visit for a look at their menu).

1:15 to 4:15 pm. Fall Meeting at Howe Library
Detailed schedule:
1:15-2:15 pm Starting and Maintaining Your Indexing Business. This will be a panel discussion with Joan Shapiro, Sherri Dietrich, and Jennifer Spanier. Here’s your opportunity to learn from experienced indexers on how to start your indexing business. Established indexers are sure to glean some useful hints on marketing and business management as well.
2:30-4:30 pm Knotty Bits Discussion. The Pacific Northwest Chapter hosted a Knotty Bits Discussion that was a resounding success at their Fall Meeting. We’re shamelessly replicating their idea on the East Coast so here’s your chance to ask questions and receive answers about how to approach the thorny problems you’ve encountered while indexing. Are you unsure how to handle name changes throughout the book? Maybe you want to discuss how to update an index from a previous edition. Submit your question or situation to before the meeting or, if time allows, at the meeting. All written submissions can remain anonymous if you like so don’t be shy! There will be a room full of indexing experts to brainstorm different approaches.
4:00-4:30 pm Annual business meeting.

Hanover, NH is easily accessible from both I-89 and I-91. For detailed directions, feel free to email Michelle Guiliano at

Alternative transportation: Dartmouth Coach from South Station and Back Bay station. Their schedule is available here. The drop off/ pick up in Hanover is 1 block from Market Table and 2 blocks from Howe Library.

Contact: ASI office


ASI East Coast Regional Indexing Meeting
November 11–12, 2016
Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA

Sponsoring Chapters: New England, New York City, Western New York, Mid- and South Atlantic

Theme:  Indexers, Still Standing After All These Years!

Program and Registration information:
See Under Mid- and South Atlantic Chapter


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



Pacific Northwest Chapter/ASI

Fall 2017 Meeting
September 16, 2017
Marriott Springhill Suites,
1421 SE Tech Center Dr.
Vancouver, Washington 98683

Announcing the PNW Chapter’s fall meeting! On Saturday, September 16, we hope to meet new indexers and greet veteran indexers for an informative, productive, and enjoyable program that includes:

  • Thérèse Shere on indexing cookbooks
    Thérèse contributed to ASI’ s book Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks, has taught many cookbook indexing workshops (and other workshops, also), and had a richly varied 20-year career cooking, growing, selling, and writing about food before becoming an indexer. She’ll bring her expertise back to the Pacific Northwest for a fresh look at cookbook indexes – and you’ll be able to bring your questions, pet peeves, and favorite examples.
  • Scott Smiley on tax deductions, followed by a business-oriented group discussion.
    Back by popular demand, Scott’s tax tips can lead to significant savings over the years. Attendees will learn how to maximize deductions when coming to an indexing conference! Following his presentation, participants can share problems and solutions about the business aspects of being an indexer. Scheduling jobs, managing time, organizing records, communicating with clients, and keeping healthy might be some of the topics we’ll address.
  • “Knotty Bits” group discussion
    A “knotty bit” is a perplexing indexing problem which can be a struggle for new and experienced indexers alike. Participants will submit “knotty bits” both ahead of time and during the discussion (as time allows), knowing that many minds working together are much better than one mind in isolation when it comes to generating possible solutions to aggravating conundrums.
  • “Speed Networking”
    This session will give every attendee an opportunity to meet and find out a bit about every other attendee in a fun, comfortable format. The “indenteds” will meet the “run-ins”; the “small caps” will meet the “large caps”; the “sees” will meet the “see alsos”.  Designed to accommodate introverts and extroverts.

For complete program information, including agenda, directions, and lodging information, please download the Fall 2017 Registration Packet.

Question?? Please email Sam Arnold-Boyd at


Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh Group
Contact: Susan Cohen,

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: Naomi Linzer,
Core Region: Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana

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

ASI Upper Midwest Chapter
Fall Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 2017


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