See Also — September 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

August was busy with plans and we have lots to report here:
Proposed new bylaws
New online course: How to Create Brilliantly Structured Indexes with Fred Leise
Our next ASI Webinar: Introduction to Embedded Index Creation Using IXMLembedder
Changes in Web Indexing SIG
Chapter events — upcoming and recent

Proposed New Bylaws


ASI members will soon vote on bylaws changes bringing our bylaws into sync with evolving technology and changes in the publishing industry. The updates are also needed to restructure the chapters and SIGs to bring them back into IRS compliance.

We’re also taking this opportunity to reword and clarify a number of sections in the bylaws. We hope the new bylaws will be simpler and easier to understand.

We are required as an organization to give membership ample time to review the bylaws before taking a vote.

Online we’ve posted a copy of the proposed bylaws that were approved by the board of directors at its June meeting and that are recommended to you for passage. The copy includes annotations explaining the changes and the rationale for them. Members can sign in to see the proposed changes here.

We will schedule a one-hour call-in session for ASI members to ask any questions about the bylaws before voting takes place.

New Online Course Coming in November

FredLeise_4977_1Hold the dates—Nov. 3, 10, and 17! That’s when ASI will roll out a new three-part online course by Fred Leise: How to Create Brilliantly Structured Indexes: A Metatopic- and Pan-Granular-Based Process. An expansion of Fred’s excellent seminar at the ASI Annual Conference in Chicago, the course will explore an effective indexing method that combines both top-down (structural) and bottom up (textual) indexing, as well as the importance of concept specificity. Registration will begin in October. Details to come in the October See Also… and on the ASI website. Keep watching!

How to Create Brilliantly Structured Indexes will be an exciting addition to ASI’s Online Learning classes. It will join:

  • Embedded Indexing in InDesign with Lucie Haskins
  • Learning about KPS (Kerntiff Publishing Systems) Indexing-related Plugins for InDesign with Lucie Haskins
  • Practical Taxonomy Creation with Heather Hedden
  • Getting Started in Indexing with Madge Walls

ASI’s online learning courses may be purchased at any time so you can learn in your time, at your own pace.

And prices for members are always discounted!

Dave Ream will present Introduction to Embedded Index Creation Using IXMLembedder webinar

On October 26, 2016, Dave Ream will be the presenter for ASI's webinar, Introduction to Embedded Index Creation Using IXMLembedder.

IXMLembedder is software developed by Leverage Technologies, Inc. It allows indexing to occur in stand-alone indexing software and then embeds the index entries into the document(s). This will be an interactive demonstration of how to insert Identifiers (IDs) into Word, InDesign, and XML files and use the IDs in stand-alone software to create entries to be embedded into these files.

The registration link will be available soon.

Update on the Web and Electronic Indexing SIG

The Web and Electronic Indexing SIG is being refocused and tentatively renamed as the Digital Publications Indexing SIG (subject to keeping Indexing in the name and subject to ASI board approval), and is now under new leadership.

Stephen Ingle, president of WordCo and a past ASI board member, has agreed to be the new manager of the SIG. Volunteers are welcome to serve the SIG in other capacities, such as helping with the website, membership, discussion group, and communications. Please contact Steve, if interested.

Originally founded as the Web Indexing SIG in 1998, the scope of the SIG is creating back-of-the-book style indexes (browsable main entries and subentries) where the index entries are linked to tags or anchors within one or more files containing the text, which may be HTML, XML, Word, InDesign, or other publishing software formats.

Current ASI and affiliated indexing society members are welcome to join the SIG.

Chapter Events


Golden Gate Chapter Lunch

Left to right: ASI members Paula Unger, Susan Storch, and Theresa Duran at the Berkeley Marina.

Left to right: ASI members Paula Unger, Susan Storch, and Theresa Duran at the Berkeley Marina.

On a sunny Saturday in August, a handful of Golden Gate chapter members met at Skates on the Bay, a restaurant in the Berkeley Marina, to enjoy the views, sample adventurous fare (root beer–braised pork belly, anyone?), and discuss all things indexing. From their window seat, they could see the newly completed eastern span of the Bay Bridge, the burgeoning San Francisco skyline, and sailboats plying the choppy waters.

Susan Storch recounted her recent stay in Santa Barbara, where she had the opportunity to meet with Southern California indexers. Theresa Duran shared highlights from the ASI national conference in Chicago. Paula Unger, who works part-time at a law office in addition to freelance indexing, explained how she juggles multiple jobs, prompting an interesting discussion on work habits. A fourth indexer, Ken Hassman, had intended to join the gathering but was forced to cancel because of snarled freeway traffic.


ASI Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Workshop

October 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Comfort Suites Denver Tech Center, 7374 South Clinton Street,
Englewood, CO 80112

Please join us as Enid Zafran shares her expertise on Indexing Narrative and Biography. This day-long workshop includes both lecture and a hands-on exercise. It will cover how to approach the challenging process of indexing narrative and biography texts. Details and registration information can be found on the ASI Rocky Mountain Chapter activities page.

Pacific Northwest Chapter/ASI Fall 2016 Meeting (20th Anniversary)

September 16-17, 2016
Vancouver, Washington 98683

Details can be found in August See Also and on the Chapter Meetings and Conferences page under Pacific Northwest To register, go to the chapter website

New England Chapter Index Peer Review Session and Networking Lunch

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Chelmsford, MA 01824

See August See Also for details or contact May Hasso,, who will be running the peer review session.

ASI East Coast Regional Indexing Meeting

November 11–12, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

A joint effort of the New England, New York City, Western New York, Mid- and South-Atlantic chapters. See August See Also for details. Registration information can be found on the Chapters page under Mid- and South-Atlantic.

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