See Also—March 2020

ASI News
—ASI 2020 Conference: “Indexing Crossroads”
—2020 ASI Candidates for Board of Directors
News from Other Organizations
—2020 ISC/SCI Conference
—Society of Indexers eBook Indexing Workshop
—Indexing Scholarship Open for Applications
Spotlight—Sam Arnold-Boyd

ASI News

ASI 2020 Conference: “Indexing Crossroads”

Raleigh, North Carolina

April 23-25, 2020

Plan to join your indexing colleagues for ASI’s annual conference in lovely Raleigh. The conference program is available online and registration is open.

This year’s optional preconference program includes a choice of two full-day workshops:

  • New Indexers Workshop with Kendra Millis
  • Indexing Signposts: Intermediate/Advanced Topics in Indexing with Fred Leise

Be sure to make your hotel reservation by March 20, 2020, to ensure you receive the conference rate.

2020 ASI Candidates for Board of Directors

It is time to cast your vote in the 2020 ASI Board of Directors election.

ASI is pleased to announce this year’s slate of candidates for positions on the Board of Directors. The Nominations Committee had several goals when working to put together the slate of candidates, all of which focus on securing a strong future for ASI. These goals include the development of a strong Board of Directors that will function well as a whole while also representing the diversity of ASI members and their views; broadening the number of people who are included in ASI leadership at all levels; and ensuring that ASI will continue to have active members with board experience who are willing to take on future leadership roles at the highest levels. We believe the candidates presented here will help achieve all of these goals, and that they will work diligently to further the mission of ASI.

The following candidates have agreed to serve and, if elected, will take office on April 25, 2020, at the ASI Annual Conference.

President-Elect: Michele Combs
Secretary: Shelley Quattrocchi
Directors at Large (two positions open):
Theresa Duran (three-year term)
Travis Hale (three-year term)

Visit this page for biographies and vision statements and to cast your vote. Deadline for voting is March 25, 2020.

News from Other Organizations

2020 ISC/SCI Conference

The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation will hold its annual conference on June 12 and 13, 2020, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The conference theme is “ISC/SCI Conference 2020. See St. John’s, Newfoundland.”

The keynote speaker will be Mary Norris, former copyeditor of the New Yorker and author of Between You and Me and Greek to Me.
The conference will be followed by two optional half-day workshops: one on Index Manager by Katherina Munk; the other a live indexing session led by Kate Mertes.

Visit the conference page for more details and links to the registration form.

Society of Indexers eBook Indexing Workshop

The Society of Indexers (UK) has launched a new online workshop: Active Indexing: Creating Indexes for eBooks.

This workshop will give you an overview of the eBook and how active eBook indexes work. It provides insights into various types of embedded indexing techniques that may be required, as well as an introduction to some of the tools used, and sets this within the wider context of publishing schedules. You will also gain an understanding of why XML coding is used in publishing, what it is, and how it facilitates index entry creation.

For more details and to register, visit this page [].

Current members of ASI are eligible to receive a 22 percent discount on all SI workshops. Request the code from the ASI office.

DReam to Index Scholarship Open for Applications

The Friends of Dave Ream offer scholarship aid for new indexers to register for national indexing conferences. For 2020, the scholarship will fund two winners $500 each. Eligible national conferences include the upcoming national American Society for Indexing (ASI) conference.

The scholarship is intended to assist newer indexers who have completed formal index training (courses, apprenticeships, etc.) within the past five years (January 2015 or later). In 2019 DReam scholarships were awarded to Siusan Moffat and AElfwine Mischler.

The deadline for 2020 applications is March 15. For details, visit the website.

Spotlight: Sam Arnold-Boyd

Our Spotlight this month is Sam Arnold-Boyd (Cascade Indexing). 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’m a lifelong Oregonian, having grown up in Portland and then settling in Eugene in the early 1970s. My husband, my oldest son, and I share our home that no longer includes any pets, but we have many deer, squirrels, and wild turkeys that are frequent visitors to our yard.

What is your educational background?

As an undergraduate, I studied linguistics and received a BA from the University of Oregon. I pursued computer programming at the local community college (studying and working) before jumping into teaching and eventually earning an MS in interdisciplinary studies (English and education). Later in life, distance education options allowed me to complete an MLS through Emporia State University (with some coursework at Portland State University).

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

Can family be a hobby? Between us, my husband and I have five kids (all adults) and two grandchildren, along with extended family that keeps us busy. Whenever possible, we love to be at the beach or the forests and mountains in Oregon. I enjoy attempting to grow flowers and plants in my yard, and usually that means giving the deer new taste treats. My volunteer activities currently center on helping the PNW chapter as the Planning Chair and being co-webmaster for the DPI SIG website.

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

Indexing is my “retirement” career after a life of being a teacher and teacher-librarian. I discovered indexing while working on my MLS degree in a course taught by Kari Kells. Indexing immediately resonated with me, but I needed to continue working as a teacher-librarian. When I was preparing to retire in 2015, I joined ASI and attended the national conference in Seattle, following up later in the year with the UC Berkeley course and the online courses of Kari Kells. Early in 2016, I got my first job and have been growing my business and learning new skills ever since.

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

Through ASI and the PNW chapter, I have received the training and the connections that have allowed my indexing business to be successful. Almost all of my job contacts have been through ASI, either through the Indexer Locator or through the other indexers that I’ve gotten to know. I’ve found that the best way to get to know other indexers is through volunteering.

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