Sheila Ryan Awarded 2019 ASI Excellence in Indexing Award

ASI’s 2019 Excellence in Indexing Award committee is pleased to announce that Sheila Ryan is the winner of the 2019 award for her index to Churchill Documents, Vol. 21. Weighing in at over 2,000 pages, that book is part of a multivolume set by Martin Gilbert that includes eight biographical volumes as well as twenty previous volumes devoted to diaries, reflections, memoirs, and letters relating to Winston Churchill. The current volume covers the period of January through July, 1945.

Sheila is the proprietor of Ryan Indexing in Portland, Oregon. She holds a B.S. in oceanography and a master’s degree in environmental science and management. Sheila is a graduate of the UC-Berkeley Extension Online course in indexing, as well as having completed the professional sequence in editing. She noted that she worked on the winning index over a period of three and a half months, during which she also had five or six overlapping projects. Sheila had previously indexed volumes 18, 19, and 20, is just finishing up volume 22, and will soon start on volume 23, which is the final documents volume.

The winning volume is published by the Churchill Project of Hillsdale College, which is the publisher of Churchill’s official biography, as well as the Martin Gilbert papers. Gilbert worked as the official Churchill biographer for nearly 50 years. Hillsdale, an independent liberal arts institution, was founded in 1844. The publisher found Sheila, she said, via Google search.

The Excellence in Indexing Award will be presented on April 26, 2019, at the awards reception held at Western Spirit, Scottsdale's Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona.

ASI hosts Awards Reception at Scottsdale's Museum of the West

The American Society for Indexing is pleased to host an awards reception on Friday, April 26, 2019, to honor this year's award recipients. Sheila Ryan will receive the Excellence in Indexing Award, Fred Leise will be presented the Hines Award, and members who have provided dedicated service to ASI will be inducted into the Order of the Kohlrabi.

Held at Western Spirit, Scottsdale's Museum of the West, a catered reception at 5 pm will be followed by the awards ceremony at 6 pm. For the remainder of the evening, ASI guests may enjoy the museum, which features Western art, the Barry Goldwater Arizona Highways photographic collection, Hopi pottery masterworks, and the Hays Family collection of saddles, spurs, and other quintessentially western items.

Thank you to the Excellence in Indexing Award Committee, chaired this year by Fred Leise.

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