As the end of the year approaches, we’re still working behind the scenes on plans for 2018. Happy holidays and happy new year. Hope to see you in Cleveland in April 2018.
Hines Award Call for Nominations
Call for Nominations for 2018 Hines Award
Deadline is February 17, 2018
ASI’s Theodore C. Hines Award recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to ASI and to the indexing profession. Hines Award nominees should demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ASI and the indexing profession through service as an officer, board member, or in other leadership roles at the national level or within Chapters and SIGs. Other contributions worthy of note include active participation in national and regional conferences, website management, publications, committees, educational activities, etc.
Note that the Hines judging process is confidential. Nominees should not be informed that they are being nominated; nor should that information be publicly revealed online prior to the judging.
For more information on how to nominate someone, see the Hines Nomination page.
Conference Presentation Proposals
Indexing Conference call for presentation proposals
Deadline is January 3, 2018
ASI Annual Conference is April 26–28, 2018
The ASI annunal conference committee is accepting proposals for one- and two-hour sessions, and will even help you find co-presenters. Choose a topic from the Session Topics Wish List, or come with a topic of your own.
ASI Webinar: XML Immersion—
Working with XML Files and Documents
with David K. Ream
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Working with XML files and documents is a skill more and more indexers are finding they need to develop. This session will explain what XML really is, how it is used as an index data exchange format (ixml files), how embedded entries are written in various XML instances, and how XML is required by some publishers for indexes to be delivered. As always, the webinar is available at a reduced rate to ASI members, and the replay will be available online. Read here for more details.
The Legal SIG just held its first election under the new ASI rules for SIGs. Maria Sosnowski was elected to continue as manager for 2018. Visit legalindexing.org to find out more about the SIG.
A major project for the Periodicals/Database Indexing SIG is a first-time website for the SIG. Thanks to Yang Burz Home for taking a lead role. If anyone else would like to help, contact Moira.
Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies
On November 20 the Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG held its first online Zoom meeting, with a lot of good input on conference experiences and ideas for future SIG activities. Also in November, Heather Hedden promoted the SIG at the Information Today Taxonomy Boot Camp 2017 in Washington, DC.
Informal Meet-Up of Southwest Indexers
Friday, December 15, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
7800 N. Schisler Dr., Tucson AZ 85743
Meeting in the children’s meeting room (capacity 30)
Please take care of your own lunch needs by bringing a sack lunch.
For more information, contact Amron Gravett.
This is not an official ASI meetup, as there is no longer a formal chapter in the Southwest. This is an informal indexer meetup, and many of expected attendees are long-time ASI members.
China Society of Indexers
Call for Papers: Special Issue for 2018 Triennial Meeting of International Committee of Representatives of Indexing Societies (ICRIS)
Deadline is March 15, 2018
Journal of the China Society of Indexers invites indexers and authors from any of the indexing societies to submit articles to be published in a special issue for 2018 Triennial Meeting of International Committee of Representatives of Indexing Societies (ICRIS). The theme of this special issue is The Development of Indexing Around the World. The purpose of the invitation is to prepare for the Triennial Meeting in Shanghai on October 18, 2018, and to enhance the professional growth and cooperation among indexers all around the world.
The topics for the special issue are listed below:
I. Brief history of the development of national index groups.
II. Brief biographies of the leading figures of index organizations.
III. Reviews on leading figures, landmark events and representative achievements in the history of index organizations.
IV. The origin of Triennial Meeting of ICRIS, and its progress and prospect.
V. International cooperation in indexing.
Launched in 2003, Journal of the China Society of Indexers is the official journal of CSI. The editorial board of Journal of CSI eagerly hopes that you and your colleagues contribute to the journal. The articles submitted to the Special issue could be written either in English or Chinese. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2018. The submission address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
No one came forward this month to be in the Spotlight. If you would like to be in the Spotlight or nominate someone else—newer members preferred—contact the See Also Editor, Ælfwine Mischler.