See Also—May 2018

After a successful gathering in Cleveland for Indexers Rock! indexers move forward into new upcoming events.

Indexers Rock! In Cleveland
New ASI Officers inducted at annual meeting
Kohlrabi Awards recognize members’ service
ASI Webinar: Taxonomy Consulting
Chapter and SIG News
PNW Fall Meeting
Joint SIG and Chapter Event
Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter Offers Wedge
Other Indexing Associations
Spotlight—Diana Witt, Hines Award recipient

Indexers Rock! In Cleveland

Indexers from across the country traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, for ASI’s annual conference Indexers Rock! In addition to attending educational sessions, members networked at evening receptions, observed the presentation of the Hines Award, and conducted ASI’s annual meeting. Following the conference, a group of indexers toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

New ASI Officers inducted at annual meeting

Kendra Millis (L) passes the gavel to incoming president Devon Thomas.

At ASI’s annual conference in April, Kendra Millis passed the gavel to Devon Thomas incoming president of ASI. Others took their office at the annual meeting: Jennifer Spanier as president-elect and Amron Gravett and Bonnie Taylor as board members. Nan Badgett has also joined the board to serve out Jennifer’s term.

Kohlrabi Awards recognize members’ service

ASI depends on many volunteers to run its activities. On April 28, President Kendra Millis thanked those who have served, citing their volunteer roles. In recognition of their service, these members were inducted into the Order of the Kohlrabi.

ASI Webinar: Taxonomy Consulting

with Heather Hedden
May 22, 2018

In this webinar you will learn how to understand the types and uses of taxonomies; connect with taxonomy consulting clients; define project types; craft your taxonomy proposal; and position yourself as a taxonomy consultant. Find more information and registration here. As always, members of affiliate indexing associations may register at the ASI member rate. Click to register

ASI Chapter and SIG News

PNW Fall Meeting

Pacific Northwest Chapter’s 2018 Fall Meeting
Friday, Sept. 14 (social activity and dinner)
Saturday, Sept. 15 (sessions and dinner)
Springhill Marriott Suites
1421 SE Tech Center Drive
Vancouver, WA
(a 15-minute drive from the Portland, Oregon airport)

Saturday’s sessions include Pilar Wyman on indexing in digital environments with Jan Wright anchoring the panel discussion; Greg Bessert, local attorney, on the new tax law; Carolyn Weaver on disaster planning for your business; “Knotty Bits” group discussion moderated by Judy Staigmiller

Find more information and a link to the registration packet on the PNW website.

Joint SIG and Chapter Event

“Indexes in Ebooks and Embedded Indexing”

The Digital Publications Indexing SIG and the New England Chapter of ASI co-organized an event with a local professional organization, Bookbuilders of Boston, held April 5 at the offices of Cengage Learning, organizational member of ASI.

Steve Ingle presents
“The Battle of the Books”

The evening’s featured speaker was Stephen Ingle, President and CEO of WordCo Indexing Services. He addressed the issues that publishers face with digital publications in his presentation “Indexes for Digital Publications: The Battle of the Books.” Marty Rabinowitz, Executive Director of Content Services, presented briefly on how Cengage currently handles the indexing process for printed textbooks and what is done with ebooks and courseware. Teresa Elsey, Senior Managing Editor, presented the process for and issues in converting indexes created for print books into hyperlinked indexes for subsequent ebook editions.

Most of the 22 attendees were members of Bookbuilders of Boston, providing an opportunity to raise the awareness of embedded and hyperlinked ebook indexing among publishers.

Further details are posted on the Digital Publications Indexing SIG website.

Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter Introduces “The Wedge!”

If you saw it at the conference but didn’t have your checkbook handy, the Wedge is still available from the Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter. The Wedge holds your cell phone UP so you can view the screen easily and more efficiently. It remains in your line of sight while working and is perfect for conference calls and webinars.

ASI Great Lakes is imprinted on the front, and on the back is a microfiber cloth to clean your electronic devices.

The Wedge is available from the chapter for US $13 each. To get one (or more!), please make checks payable to ASI with a notation in the memo line of Chicago Great Lakes Chapter and mail to: Denise Alberts / P.O. Box 10514 / Chicago IL 60610. We will ship it (them!) out to you immediately.

Other Indexing Associations

Indexing Society of Canada/Société Canadienne d’Indexation

Annual Conference “Navigating the Confluence of Text and Context”

June 8 – 9, 2018
Fort Garry Hotel

Learn more about "Navigating the Confluence of Text and Context" here.


Our spotlight this month is on Diana Witt, who recently won the Hines Award for service to ASI.
If you would like to be in the spotlight or nominate someone, contact the editor, Ælfwine Mischler.

Where do you live now? Where are you originally from? Do you share your home with pets or family?
I live in Marietta, GA, with my husband. The children are grown.

What is your educational background?
BA in history and theater from Bucknell University, MLS from Simmons School of Library Science.

Do you have any hobbies, travels, volunteer work, or other interesting things to share?
Knitting, bicycling in Europe, bell-ringing (change-ringing) at my local church bell tower.

What kind of work did you do before you studied indexing? Are you still doing that or other work in addition to indexing?
Indexing was actually my first job, although I have also been a librarian and a deejay.

When did you start indexing? When did you join ASI?
Indexing was my first job out of college. I started working at the New York Times Index in 1969. I joined ASI that year, as many of the founding members of ASI also worked for the Times and were aggressive recruiters.

For you, what is the best advantage of ASI membership?
The networking and training opportunities offered by ASI have been crucial to the expansion and success of my indexing career. I could never have achieved what I have without ASI.

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