See Also — December 2016

It’s nearly the end of the year but we’re not winding down. We’ve got plans. A new short course is coming in January, plans are under way for the 2017 ASI Conference, and we’re looking for a few good people. There are some great opportunities for members to volunteer. Read on!

And happy holidays to all our members and friends!

Upcoming Online Learning Course: Medical Indexing
Recent Short Course: Brilliantly Structured Indexes
ASI Announces Location of 2017 Conference
We’re Looking for a Few Good People
  Hines Award Nominations Open
  Membership Committee Seeks Volunteers
  History/Archaeology SIG Seeks Webmaster
Other SIG News: Membership Survey
PubWest Conference at member rates

Upcoming Online Learning Course: Medical Indexing

AnneFifer1Anne Fifter, DO PhD, will conduct a three-part online course about Medical Indexing on January 18, January 25, and February 1, 2017. The course will provide an introduction to the specialty of medical indexing for those who consider this an area of interest. Anne will present best practices as applied to medical indexing, as well as resources available to indexers. Do you wonder whether this specialty might be right for you? Want to know more details of the course? Read this interview with Anne for more information or register here.

Recent Online Learning Course: Brilliantly Structured Indexes with Fred Leise

In November, Fred Leise presented a great online course in three sessions: How to Create Brilliantly Structured Indexes: A Metatopic- and Pan-Granular-Based Process. If you attended the course, you can login to watch the replay. If you missed it, you can still register for the replay here. As always, ASI members receive a discount on the rate. And check out our other recorded online learning courses and webinars.

ASI Announces 2017 Conference in Portland, Maine

The 2017 ASI Conference will be June 15–17, 2017, in beautiful Portland, Maine, with views of Casco Bay, a dozen museums—among them the Wadsworth Longfellow House—a rich culinary culture, and plenty to see and do including symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Hearing your input to our venue survey, the Board, Conference Committee, and staff are excited to see ASI members in Portland, a winner in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Destinations on the Rise for 2016.

Whether you choose to fly directly into Portland or use convenient ground transportation from the Boston airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed to our conference hotel, where we’ve negotiated very favorable rates for conference attendees.

The call for session proposals, registration information, and travel details will be coming soon. Mark your calendar now and save the dates. We’ll see you in the “City by the Sea”!

Hines Award 2017 Nominations Open

Ina Gravitz receives the 2016 Hines Award from chair Sandi Schroeder.

Ina Gravitz receives the 2016 Hines Award
from chair Sandi Schroeder.

ASI’s Hines Award recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to ASI and to the indexing profession. The deadline for submitting a nomination for 2017 award is April 15, 2017. Please consider making a nomination for one of ASI’s highest honors!

Nominees should demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ASI through service as an officer, board member, or other leadership roles at the national level or to Chapters and SIGs. Other contributions worthy of note include active participation in national and regional conferences, website management, publications, committees, educational activities, etc.

To submit a nomination, send a letter documenting the reasons the nominee should be considered. The nomination should be accompanied by supporting letters from at least three other individuals who support the nomination. Rules and procedure for submitting nominations are available on the ASI website here.

Note that the Hines judging process is confidential, and that nominees should not be told they are being nominated. The award will be presented at the 2017 national conference in Portland, Maine.

Sandi Schroeder, recipient in 2007, is chair of the Hines Award Committee. Also serving are Carolyn Weaver, recipient in 2015, and Martha Osgood recipient in 2008.

Membership Committee Seeks Volunteers

img_2406_1_1ASI annual membership expires/renews on a rolling annual basis, which is based on an individual’s initial join date, not the calendar year, although many members do in fact renew at the start of the calendar year. When your annual membership comes due, you will probably get a friendly reminder to renew from a member of ASI’s Membership Committee, even if you have been a member for many years. The Membership Committee is also interested in gathering information on why members stay and renew and why they do not, so please take the time to provide a little feedback when you get a Membership Committee call.

Would you like to connect with more ASI members and serve the organization? The Membership Committee is looking for more volunteers. Every month the committee receives Excel lists of new members and people whose memberships are expiring. On a rotating monthly basis, committee members contact new members with a phone call and follow-up emails to give them a personal welcome and to see if any have questions about ASI or their membership.

Indexing experience is not required. If you would like to join the committee, contact Carol Shoun,, Membership Committee Chair.

History/Archaeology SIG Seeks Webmaster

historysigbannerThe History/Archaeology SIG is looking for a new webmaster for its website. The most recent webmaster, Sergey Lobachev, made a lot of excellent changes and worked to keep the members’ information up-to-date and accessible. He has stepped down now and the SIG needs someone new to continue to maintain the website.

Skills needed are:

  • basic knowledge of WordPress, ability to add or change theme, add and customize plugins
  • basic knowledge of HTML (main tags, ability to work with tables)
  • basic knowledge of Photoshop (image resize, changing resolution, cropping, converting to JPG, PNG formats)

If you possess these skills and are looking for a volunteer opportunity, please contact Eve Morey Christiansen at to discuss.

The website also needs a few SIG members to volunteer to refresh the content. If you are interested, please contact Eve.

The SIG sends a big thank you to Sergey for all the work he did on the website and wishes him the best of luck in his involvement with the Indexing Society of Canada.

SIG Member Surveys

What benefits of your Special Interest Group (SIG) membership do you find most valuable? What more can your SIG do for you? These questions and others will be asked in a set of surveys, one for each SIG, for each of its members to complete. Each survey consists of nine multiple choice questions and a tenth open response. The surveys are nearly identical for each SIG. If you belong to more than one, you should fill out a survey for each. Each SIG leader will use the information from their survey to help improve their SIG, and ASI national will use the information from all the surveys to provide better support to SIGs in general.

Be on the lookout for an email with the link to your SIG’s survey from your SIG manager or the ASI Board SIG Relations Coordinator, Heather Hedden. If you are a SIG member and do not receive an email with the survey link for each SIG of which you are a member by the end of the first week in December, or if you have any questions, please contact Heather at

Network with publishers at the PubWest Conference

pubwest2017_headerPubWest has generously extended PubWest member rates to ASI members for their 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, February 9-11. When you register as a member, you will save $100 on your registration.

Ælfwine Mischler serves as the editor of See Also. Reach her at

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