See Also — November 2016

Each month, we publish our online newsletter, See Also, to keep you up to date on ASI news, chapter events, and upcoming educational programs. Ælfwine Mischler serves as the editor of See Also. Reach her at

Upcoming ASI Events
  ASI Online Learning: How to Create Brilliantly Structured Indexes
  ASI Online Learning: Medical Indexing
Recent ASI Events
Upcoming Chapter Events
SIG News
Recent Chapter Events
Other Upcoming Events for Indexers

Upcoming ASI Events

ASI Online Learning: How to Create Brilliantly Structured Indexes: A Metatopic- and Pan-Granular-Based Process


Three-Part Online Class with Fred Leise

November 3, 10, and 17, 2016

10 a.m. Pacific; 11 Mountain; 12 p.m. Central; 1 p.m. Eastern

Designed for indexers of all experience levels, including advanced indexers, this three-session course (each session is 60 minutes in length) focuses on the rarely discussed topic of index structure.

Read an interview with Fred Leise to learn more or go to the course page for details and registration. Register now to take advantage of early rates.

ASI Online Learning Coming Soon: Medical Indexing with Anne Fifer, DO, PhD

This three-part course will be held early in 2017. Look for more information in December’s See Also. The course is intended to provide an introduction to the specialty of medical indexing for those who consider this an area of interest. We will consider best practices as applied to medical indexing, as well as resources available to indexers.

Would you like to teach an Online Course? See the August issue of See Also for information.

Recent ASI Events


Webinar: Introduction to Embedded Index Creation Using IXMLembedder
with David K. Ream

You can learn more about this recent ASI webinar in this interview with Dave Ream. If you registered for the webinar but were unable to attend, you can still access the recording. If you missed it completely, it’s never too late to purchase the replay of this and other ASI webinars. As always, ASI members and members of sister associations get a discounted rate for all webinars.

Upcoming Chapter Events


East Coast Regional Indexing Meeting

November 11–12, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
See August See Also for details. Registration information can be found on the Chapters page under Mid- and South-Atlantic.

SIG News

The Legal Indexing Special Interest Group announced that Sean Reagan has assumed the webmaster position and Maria Sosnowski has returned to a position as manager. The SIG is looking to revitalize with an updated website, transitioning the list away from Yahoo, and finding out what the members want to see from the SIG. Take a look at the new site, and let them know what you think. If you would like to be a member of the SIG, you can join through the ASI website. If you have any questions about the SIG, please get in touch with or, who would love to hear from you!

Recent Chapter Events

Heartland Chapter Meeting

Margaret Hentz, Devon Thomas

Margaret Hentz, Devon Thomas

The Heartland Chapter had a great turnout for our October 1 meeting in Richmond, Indiana. There were ten of us present at the meeting; it was great to see old friends and welcome a couple of new faces. Our attendees traveled from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan for this event. The synergy of a face-to-face meeting is always energizing.

Cathy Seckman

Cathy Seckman

Cathy Seckman did a superb job of organizing the meeting. Everyone contributed to the presentations, and even those who were not actively presenting added valuable insight to the discussions. We had mini-presentations by Meridith Murray on organization—before, during and after; Carol Reed on UX—user experience—which is a cutting-edge hot topic these days; Margie Towery on writing for ASI publications, something she knows a great deal about. (Check out her new book!); Margaret Hentz on locating sample indexes on Amazon—which engendered some very interesting discussion; and Cathy Seckman on work-life integration, another hot topic.

Margie Towery, Cherry Delaney, Meridith Murray, Jill Wiley

Margie Towery, Cherry Delaney,
Meridith Murray, Jill Wiley

Following lunch and a business meeting, we had some time to evaluate sample indexes. This always leads to interesting observations and discussion. Members were urged by Devon Thomas to vote on the new ASI by-laws. All in all, it was a productive and enjoyable day!

New England Chapter Lunch

Kendra Millis (L) and Pat Perrier

Kendra Millis (L) and Pat Perrier

Kendra Millis (ASI President-elect), Pat Perrier (both pictured), and Cynthia Savage of the ASI New England Chapter met for lunch on October 14 to discuss recent changes at ASI and the spring ASI Conference, which will be held this year in the northeast. (Stay tuned to ASI for announcement of location and date.)

Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Workshop

rockymtn_fall_workshop2The Rocky Mountain Chapter held our annual Fall Workshop near Denver on October 22, and it was a very valuable event. Indexers came from as far away as Kansas and western Washington. Enid Zafran of Indexing Partners led discussion and exercises on Indexing Narrative and Biography. Key topics included indexing the theme of a book and working with multiple metatopics. We indexed selections from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and A Complicated Man by Michael Takiff, sharing ideas afterward and discussing pros and cons of various approaches. We were grateful for Enid’s helpful instruction and for the opportunity to reconnect.

Other Recent Events for Indexers

Frankfurt International Indexing Conference

At the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 20, 2016, an indexing track was organized by ASI affiliates Deutsches Netzwerk der Indexer (DNI) and Nederlands Indexers Netwerk (NIN).

Three of the five sessions were presented by ASI members. David K. Ream of Leverage Technologies spoke on IXMLembedder, introduced this past June. (See ASI's recent webinar with Dave.) IXMLembedder works with Word as well as with InDesign, XML tagged documents, LaTex, AsciiDoc, etc. It requires either CINDEX or SKY as the indexing software so that an IXML file can be exported.

pilar_frankfort2Pilar Wyman, a member of the ASI Digital Task Force, talked about the added value of linked indexes and notes in ebooks. Pierke Bosschieter, a freelance Dutch indexer of academic books and member of NIN, was scheduled to jointly give the presentation but was unable to attend at the last minute.

Frances Lennie, the driving force behind CINDEX indexing software, gave a talk entitled “Why Indexes Persist and Indexers Persevere.”

In other presentations, Max McMaster, a freelance Australian indexer, talked about indexing in the editorial process. Hendrik Case, a software developer in the field of publishing and typesetting services, talked about technological developments in indexing.

Other Upcoming Events for Indexers

The History of the Index: A Two-Day Symposium

June 22–23, 2017
Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book
Oxford, UK

Proposals (250 words) for papers of 20 minutes are being accepted until November 30, 2016.

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