See Also—August 2016

Read about indexer events near you

Each month, we’ll publish this online newsletter, See Also, to keep you up to date on ASI news, chapter events, and upcoming educational programs. You may even see some surprise features.


Pilar Wyman continues as the editor of Key Words, and starting with this issue, Ælfwine Mischler serves as the editor of See Also.

This issue focuses on the many upcoming chapter events. Find one near you! The networking is great.

ASI Seeking Experts to Teach Online Learning Classes

Expanding the skill sets of indexers, expanding their client bases, helping them achieve greater success as entrepreneurs — ASI’s online courses provide the specialized knowledge indexers need to stay competitive in the current marketplace.

Are you qualified to be an instructor? Here’s what you need to know:

  • ASI’s Online Learning program provides royalties to the presenter. Prices for courses vary depending on the course length and content. Discounts are given to ASI members. For example, the full purchase price for a three-part course may fall between $249 and $299.
  • Each course should contain two to four segments (three is optimal), and each segment should be no less than one hour long.
  • Courses are given as PowerPoint presentations, which the instructor is responsible for creating and narrating.
  • Courses should include handouts, which will be uploaded to the ASI website for those who take the course.
  • ASI’s experts will work with the instructor to produce the course, create the format, and broadcast it. The courses are presented live for the initial rollout. After that they may be purchased from ASI at any time. Individual segments of a course are not available for purchase.
  • To be considered as a presenter in one of the areas below—or in another subject area that is your special expertise—please submit a summary of your qualifications, an overview of the course, and an outline for each segment to Charlee Trantino at

Areas now needing instructors:

  • Database and website indexing
  • Periodical indexing
  • Legal indexing
  • Medical indexing
  • Cookbook indexing
  • Scholarly indexing

Visit the ASI Online Learning page for information about previous courses.

Chapter Meetings and Conferences


Golden Gate Chapter Brunch

Saturday, August 13, 2016
San Francisco Bay Area indexers, join us on Saturday, August 13, at 11:30 a.m. for brunch at Skates on the Bay in the Berkeley Marina. This restaurant has stunning waterfront views and a wide range of menu options. We’ll chat about our recent indexing projects and attendance at other indexing events. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meals.

If you’d like to attend, RSVP to Theresa Duran at by Thursday, August 11.

Pacific Northwest Chapter/ASI Fall 2016 Meeting (20th Anniversary)

September 16-17, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Chapter is celebrating its 20th anniversary with workshops, a recognition dinner, and networking lunches. Workshops include Indexing Narratives and Biographies with Enid Zafran, Painless Index Editing with Carol Roberts, and Marketing for the Shy: Alternatives to Cold Calling with Carol Roberts.

The anniversary meeting will also inaugurate the Sherry Smith Award for new indexers (see next article).

The chapter will meet at Marriott Springhill Suites, 1421 SE Tech Center Dr., Vancouver, Washington 98683. The hotel is 10-15 minutes from the Portland International Airport (PDX).

More details can be found in the Chapter Meetings and Conferences page under Pacific Northwest. To register, go to the chapter website.

Sherry Smith Award for New Indexers

The PNW fall conference inaugurates the Sherry Smith Award for New Indexers, which will grant $100 to help one new indexer per year attend a PNW fall conference. In order to apply, you must be currently enrolled in an indexing course for initial training in indexing OR be in your first year after completion of such a course. The winner must be willing to volunteer for one year on the Program Team, which helps plan the fall conference. The purpose of the award is to help emerging indexers experience the benefits of networking with other indexers while we harness your ideas and energy to invigorate future conferences.

The deadline for applications is August 16 (one month before the fall conference). More details and application process can be found in the Chapter Meetings and Conferences page under Pacific Northwest.

New England Chapter Index Peer Review Session

Saturday, September 17, 2016
This back-of-the-book index peer review session will be held at 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon at Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Each participant should submit an index of their own for review several days in advance. More information on how the peer review session is run will be posted on the NEASI website. For further questions or to reserve your space, contact May Hasso,, who will be running the peer review session.

New England Chapter Networking Lunch

Saturday, September 17, 2016
12:00 noon–1:30 or 2:00
Whether or not you attended the index peer review session, you are invited to join us for lunch at Madras Grill Indian Restaurant, 7 Summer Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

The lunch gathering will include local attendees of the recent ASI national conference in Chicago and ASI board members who will share their conference experiences and news of ASI with the rest of us. To reserve a seat for lunch, contact Heather Hedden,

There will be a visit to the Lowell National Historical Park after lunch. No reservations needed.

ASI East Coast Regional Indexing Meeting

November 11–12, 2016
Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
This meeting is a joint effort of the New England, New York City, Western New York, Mid- and South-Atlantic chapters. Registration opened July 1 and is limited to 35 members.

Sessions include: Rumors of Our Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated (Frances Lennie); Three-Year Plan for New Indexers (Panel: Eve Morey Christiansen, Rebecca McCorkle, Linnea Dwyer); A Packager’s View of Indexing (Pat Carlson, Alexander Street Press); Combining Indexing with Other Jobs (Panel: Donna Shear, Joan Shapiro, Pilar Wyman); Abstracting/Tagging Documents for the World Bank (Enid Zafran); Term Selection for Indexing Efficiency (Kate Mertes); New Tool for Embedded Indexing (David Ream, Leverage Technologies); A Large Press’s View of Indexing (Rick Stinson, Oxford University Press); A University Press’s View of Indexing (Alison Anderson, University of Pennsylvania Press); Trends in Niche Areas (Legal, Medical, Textbook, Scholarly) (Kate Mertes, Leoni McVey, Pilar Wyman, Enid Zafran)

More details and registration information can be found on the Chapters page under Mid- and South-Atlantic.

ASI Webinars Enrich Indexer Knowledge

Did you know that ASI offers webinars for both members and non-members? Even if you can’t attend on the date a webinar is held, you can register and then listen to the recorded webinar later at your convenience. And you can purchase access to a recorded webinar at any time. See the Webinars page for a list and prices for members and non-members.

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