See Also—April 2020

ASI News
—2020 Conference: Important Information
—ASI Annual Meeting Scheduled
—ASI Incoming Board Members
News from Other Organizations
—2020 ISC/SCI Conference Cancelled
—Indexing Scholarship Winners
Spotlight—Connie Binder

ASI News

Important Information Regarding ASI’s 2020 Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASI Board made the decision to postpone our annual conference, which was scheduled for April 23-25, 2020, in Raleigh.

Soon you will hear about our exciting online conference coming on Saturday, May 2. We are working to make this online conference as friendly and interactive as we can, while bringing you important educational offerings to help you enhance your indexing skills, market your business, and discover new business. The conference will include some of the planned conference speakers who will be with us virtually.

Thank you for your patience as your board fully considered the situation and worked to make the best choices for our association. Your health and well-being are the top priorities for ASI. Thankfully, we have determined a way to offer you the learning opportunities you need to grow your business. We’ll be in touch soon with registration details.

ASI Annual Meeting will be held virtually

With the 2020 conference online this year, ASI's Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10 Pacific/ 11 Mountain/ 12 Central/ 1 Eastern. As it is not possible for us to meet in person at this time, the meeting will be held virtually. All members will receive a link via email so they can join the meeting. The incoming board members will be inducted during the meeting, and ASI's new president, Meghan Miller Brawley, will take office.

Incoming ASI Board Members

Congratulations to our incoming board members. They will be installed at the ASI annual meeting on May 15.

Michele Combs, President Elect
Shelley Quattrocchi, Secretary
Theresa Duran, Director
Travis Hale, Director

Learn more about your new directors on this page.

News from Other Organizations

2020 ISC/SCI Conference Cancelled

The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation annual conference, originally scheduled for June 12 and 13, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the ISC/SCI website for more information.

2020 DReam to Index Scholarship Winners

The Friends of Dave are pleased to announce that Jess Klaassen-Wright and Emily LeGrand, both from Canada, are the winners of the 2020 DReam to Index scholarships.

The recipients of future DReam to Index scholarships can apply the funds to national conferences of the American Society for Indexing, Society of Indexers, Indexing Society of Canada, Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers, or Association of South African Indexers and Bibliographers.

Spotlight: Connie Binder

Our Spotlight this month is Connie Binder. If you would like to be in the Spotlight, or would like to nominate someone for it, please contact the editor, Roseann Biederman.

Where do you live now? Where are you originally from? Do you share your home with pets or family?

I currently live in Laurel, Maryland, with a husband, daughter, grandson, two parakeets, and some hermit crabs. I grew up in Michigan.

What is your educational background?

B.A. Anthropology, Michigan State University
MLS, Library Science, University of Maryland, College Park

Do you have any hobbies, travels, volunteer work, or other interesting things to share?

I love to travel, go to festivals and events, and attend music concerts. My only current volunteer work is for ASI (and I am very negligent with those duties – if anyone wants to be a chapter or SIG leader, please let me know!). In the past, I have volunteered at zoos, schools, public television stations, and with Girl Scouts. I have no artistic talent whatsoever, but thoroughly enjoy rug hooking and fiber arts.

What kind of work did you do before you studied indexing? Are you still doing that or other work in addition to indexing?

Immediately before learning to index, I was a library cataloger and database specialist/subject analyst for a natural history grants management database. I continued doing database work until a couple of years ago. Earlier jobs included assembling an advertising newspaper, bagging groceries, making up weather statistics, cafeteria work, library typist (yes, I really am that old), and clothing exchange supervisor.

When did you start indexing? When did you join ASI?

I started indexing in 1998 and joined ASI that same year.

For you, what is the best advantage of ASI membership?

There isn’t a single best advantage, but these are the reasons that I am always very happy to renew my membership:

  1. Education – going to conferences and viewing webinars keeps me current with best practices (they do change) and allows me to expand the fields in which I offer indexing services.
  2. Networking with indexers – getting to know other indexers has given me a great network for informal learning (have a casual discussion with an indexer who uses your software, and you are certain to come away with a magical new tip), job recommendations (both ways), and delightful friendships.
  3. Jobs – Indexer Locator and the jobs hotline have given me some really good, steady clients, as well as interesting books from authors and other one-time clients.
  4. Support the profession – I want ASI to continue to be able to offer conferences and other educational opportunities, as well as serve as a clearinghouse for indexing jobs. Without my membership, that wouldn’t happen.
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