—ASI 2020 Online Conference
—2020 Hines Award Winner Announced
—ASI Annual Meeting Reminder
News from Other Organizations
—Society of Indexers 2020 Conference Postponed
—2020 STC Summit Now an Online Event
ASI 2020 Online Conference: “Working Smarter to Stay Ahead”
The American Society for Indexing is excited to hold its 2020 conference virtually on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Join our conference via Zoom, right from the comfort of your home or office computer. During this time, we all need to focus on working smarter. Take this opportunity to enhance your skills and stay ahead.
Are you looking for the best way to market your services? Do you need tips for staying on a client’s shortlist? You’ll want to come to the ASI Virtual Conference! We have six sessions to help you improve your marketing and client relationship skills, as well as provide insight into smart indexing practices. Learn more on our conference page.
Join us virtually for this exciting new opportunity! We worked to create valuable content and ensure your registration is affordable. Be sure to log in to the ASI website to get member pricing.
2020 Hines Award Winner AnnouncedThe American Society for Indexing (ASI) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Theodore C. Hines Award for continuous dedication and exceptional service to ASI is awarded to Kendra Millis.
Kendra was a member of the national Board of Directors and ASI president, serving for a total of six years. As a member of the board, she started the ASI Webinar Series and served as chair for two years. The Webinar series is one of ASI’s most productive and successful contributions to the indexing community. Kendra also served as chair of the Marketing Committee and formed the Publishers’ Outreach Committee. She also has written several articles for Key Words. All of these endeavors are part of ASI’s mission of education and support of indexers. Kendra also organized the 2018 Strategic Planning event, where board members worked to establish a vision and course for ASI’s future.
All the nomination letters for Kendra noted her ability to connect to new indexers and help them contribute to the ongoing health of ASI. Kendra’s leadership is an asset to ASI, past, present, and future.
ASI thanks the Hines Award Committee, chaired this year by Meghan Miller Brawley.
For more information on the history of the Hines Award, visit this page.
ASI Annual Meeting will be held virtually
As a reminder, ASI's Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10 Pacific/ 11 Mountain/ 12 Central/ 1 Eastern. The meeting will be held virtually. All members will receive a link via email so they can join the event. The incoming board members will be inducted during the meeting, and ASI's new president, Meghan Miller Brawley, will take office.
News from Other Organizations
Society of Indexers 2020 Conference Postponed
The Society of Indexers (UK) 2020 Conference: “New Decade, New Directions,” originally scheduled for October 6, 2020, has been postponed. From the website: “We expect to reschedule the event for spring 2021, when we hope you will join us for a day of indexing-related lectures, workshops and seminars. From learning about the indexing of parliamentary information, to practical sessions on the nitty gritty of dealing with subheadings and the metatopic, there will be something to interest and inspire you, not to mention the invaluable opportunity to network with colleagues.
More information is on the website.
2020 STC Summit Now an Online Event
The 2020 Society for Technical Communications (STC) Summit, themed “Career Vision 20/20,” will be held May 17-20, fully online. The program will feature preconference workshops, education sessions, keynotes, vendor showcases, and networking opportunities.
The virtual conference platform will enable live, moderated Q&A with presenters, as well as on-demand sessions that will be available during the event. Attendees will be able to explore the virtual expo hall and schedule time to meet individually with vendor representatives.
For more information and to register, visit this page.
Spotlight: Daniel Heila
Our Spotlight this month is Daniel Heila (Best-Ever Edit), who next month becomes the new editor of See Also. If you would like to be in the Spotlight, or would like to nominate someone for it, please contact Daniel Heila.
I live in the Whiteaker, a vibrant neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon, a few hundred yards from the Willamette River. Across the street, there are hundred-foot-tall evergreens.
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Podunk, NY, in the Finger Lakes region. The area is known for its long, narrow, deep glacially formed lakes and the wineries that blanket their shores.
What is your educational background?
I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition from Hartt School of Music and the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, respectively. I’ve also completed the UC Berkeley professional editing sequence and the introduction to indexing course.
Do you have any hobbies, travels, volunteer work, or other interesting things to share?
I write music (both art and rock/folk), make video art, and perform on flute and electronics for free improvisation projects. I also write short stories. I have a garden of perennials, herbs, vegetables, and fruits on our 1/8-acre corner lot that uses up most of my free time.
What kind of work did you do before you studied indexing? Are you still doing that or other work in addition to indexing?
Back in the day, I swung a hammer as a skilled laborer. For many years, I alternated between that and being a paraprofessional library employee in university and public libraries. From 2004-2018, I owned an import/distribution business that sold a food preservation product from Finland. I authored a blog of tips and recipes for the community of users for several years. Most recently, I started a copyediting business—Best-Ever Edit—and have been gradually building that up since 2014.
When did you start indexing? When did you join ASI?
I completed the UC Berkeley course in spring of 2019. Then I joined ASI and attended the conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Since then, I have been winding down my previous business, building my copyediting business, and completing unpublished indexes that I have peer reviewed by other ASI members.
For you, what is the best advantage of ASI membership?
Without question, it is the community of professionals. At the conference I saw how willing members were to assist and advise new members and that was very encouraging. This has been enhanced by my chapter membership and its fall conference. What a great group of people!