See Also — February 2017

Shadow or no shadow, we’re not hiding in any holes in February. We’ve got too much going on with online learning and planning for the upcoming ASI conference June 16–17, 2017, in Portland, Maine.

ASI Conference: Call for Proposals in Portland, Maine
ASI Webinar: Creating and Securing Your WordPress Website for Marketing Success
ASI Online Learning: Medical Indexing
Hines Award Call for Nominations
Chapter News
Network with publishers at the PubWest Conference this month

ASI Conference: Call for Proposals in Portland, Maine

ASI’s conference chair, Lydia Jones, has sent out a call for presentation proposals. If you’ve got an idea you’d like to share or a topic you wish to discuss with other indexers, tell us! We are accepting proposals for half-day workshops, two-hour seminars, and one-hour sessions (times are approximate). We’ll even help you find co-presenters if we like your idea! Or adopt one of the ideas on our Session Topics Wish List!

Submitting a proposal is easy. Just go to the webpage and complete the online proposal form and hit send. Proposals are being accepted now through Friday, February 3, 2017.

ASI Webinar: Creating and Securing Your WordPress Website for Marketing Success

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Joanne Sprott and Rich Hamilton will show you how to create and protect a WordPress website for your indexing business.

Joanne Sprott will share basic content guidelines for pulling in prospective clients and presenting your indexing services and portfolio using WordPress features.

Rich Hamilton will cover the actual process of building a WordPress website and protecting it from hackers. Learn more here and register early for the best price.

ASI Online Learning: Medical Indexing

Medical Indexing with Dr. Anne Fifer

The last day of the live Medical Indexing course is Wednesday, February 1, and you can sign up at early rates through February 1. This three-part series introduces the specialty area of medical indexing for indexers with a medical background—as well as those without one. If you missed Medical Indexing, you can still purchase the replay here. And if you did attend the course, you always have access to the replay. Check out our other online learning classes and webinars.

Hines Award—Call for Nominations for 2017

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.

Submit your nomination here.

Chapter News

Chicago Great Lakes Chapter Lunch

A group of seven indexers—both experienced and aspiring—gathered at a Mexican restaurant in Park Ridge, Illinois, on January 21, 2017, for refreshing conversation, good food, and learning from others.

The attendees were Denise Alberts, Travis Hale, Fred Leise, Leoni McVey, Lois Travis, Caryl Wenzel, and Jackie Wilson.

We discussed future chapter activities and leadership, indexer training through the Berkeley and ASI courses, and the value of indexer networking. We were so engrossed in our conversation that we forgot to take a photo!


This month we have two indexers in the Spotlight. Jessica Jones recently completed the ASI Training Course, and Amber DeDerick is active in the Pacific Northwest Chapter. If you would like to nominate someone for the spotlight (or be in it yourself), contact the editor, AElfwine Mischler, at

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is originally from Casper, Wyoming, but she has been living in Manhattan, Kansas, for about six years.

Jessica has a BA in elementary education (creative arts emphasis) and a master’s degree in library and information studies (school library media focus).

She taught for several years, mostly supplemental math and reading instruction for at-risk students, and has also been a homebound tutor, art museum registrar, and theatre technician. She is currently an administrative assistant in university housing.

Jessica says that it is probably a given that she loves to read, but she selects books and audiobooks based on reading challenges she takes on each year (A-Z title, A-Z author, 000-900 Dewey Decimal). She enjoys knitting and crocheting, as well as walking, hiking, and spending time with her niece. She coordinates the midweek catechism program at her church and ushers for community theatre and university performances. Also, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and she is looking forward to going on a Reformation tour of Germany in June.

Jessica began the ASI course in July 2011 and (finally) completed it this past December. The self-paced aspect of the course was most beneficial for her. She discovered indexing while in limbo between jobs and was able to time her completion of the modules around the busy times at her current position and the life events that have taken place in the meantime.

She has been a member of ASI since July 2011. For her, the best advantage has been traveling to the Denver area to attend the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s spring meetings and fall workshops each year. She enjoys spending time with the ASI-RM members and has learned a lot from them, as well as the workshop presenters, that will help as she transitions into doing indexing work.

She is taking advantage of her tuition benefit as a university employee and learning more about the basics for setting up and running a business by taking a Business Foundations course this semester. She will also continue to familiarize herself with indexing software by working on some practice indexes.

Amber DeDerick

Amber DeDerick was born and raised in the Seattle area. As a child she wished to be a librarian, a veterinarian, or a naturalist and began pursuing these interests at an early age. An accomplished Girl Scout, she discovered a passion for volunteerism which has proven to be lifelong and has benefitted organizations such as Habitat For Humanity, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She has served on committees in nonprofits as well as in corporate settings, and was recently elected to serve on ASI’s Pacific Northwest committee 2017–2019.

Amber currently resides on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant and conducted her undergraduate research in microbial ecology. After a brief five-year career in social services, she is busy crafting the art of indexing and is a student in the Berkeley course. When she is not working, you can find Amber playing chess, antagonizing her cat, or reading.

Network with publishers at the PubWest Conference in Portland, Oregon, this month

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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