Feels Like the First Time: An Introduction to Indexing

Thursday, April 26 at the ASI Conference in Cleveland

9 am to 4 pm

Feels Like the First Time:
An Introduction to Indexing

with Fred Leise

Designed for those individuals considering a career in indexing, and those who are looking for a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to and overview of the basics of indexing, the indexing process, and the indexing business.

Topics to be covered include characteristics of indexers; what indexes are and how they are structured; proper administration of indexing projects; the index creation process, including indexable concepts, metatopics, and term selection for headings and subheadings; locators; names; index editing; and the business of indexing.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will create their own index to ASI’s Indexing Best Practices document.

You most likely won’t become a practicing indexer after just this workshop, but join Fred on this magical mystery tour of indexing, and you will be able to understand what an index is and how it is structured, how to complete a basic index for a simple text, the business context for creating indexes, and the complexities of running an indexing business.

After a twenty-five year career in arts management, Fred Leise started his indexing career with the University of Chicago Publishing Program introduction to indexing course in 1993. Since 1995, he has been indexing nearly continuously (with time out for taxonomy consulting), specializing in scholarly works in international relations, cultural and political history, and landscape studies. He is a founding member of the Institute of Certified Indexers, an instructor for the University of California, Berkeley Extension Division online indexing course, and has served several terms on ASI’s board of directors, including two terms as president. He regularly presents at both national and chapter events and has written a number of articles on various aspects of indexing for both Key Words and The Indexer. His article on Sherlock Holmes as indexer appeared in the fall 2013 issue of the Baker Street Journal.

(The schedule will include a lunch break.)

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