See Also — September 2017

With news of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas, the thoughts of ASI members across the country have been on our 16 members in that state. We hope you are safe and look forward to hearing from you. You are in our hearts during this challenging time.

ASI Webinar: SKY Index Pro: Minimizing editing for increased efficiency
Chapter Events — Upcoming and Recent
SIG News
Learning Opportunities for Indexers
Spotlight — Rich Genova

ASI Webinar: SKY Index Pro: Minimizing editing for increased efficiency with Anne Fifer, D.O.

ASI's next webinar is "SKY Index Pro: Minimizing editing for increased efficiency" with Anne Fifer on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

SKY Index Pro provides a number of tools that can be used to minimize the editing required for your completed index. Careful dictionary management, editing, and creating specialized dictionaries for specific projects can make your work faster and easier. Exporting the Autocomplete list and use for vocabulary control can also help minimize the time spent on editing. Groups and label use while you work will increase efficiency. Finally, using the error check at the end will help you send out a great index.

A long-term user of SKY Indexing Pro, Anne Fifer will provide an inside look at how SKY users can tap into the program’s key tools to increase efficiency and speed. Whether you are a newer SKY user or an experienced one, join Anne to learn tips and tricks to enhance your indexing skill.

For more information and to register, visit

Chapter Events — Upcoming and Recent

Upcoming Chapter Events

Pacific Northwest Chapter Fall Conference
Saturday, September 16
Vancouver, Washington

It’s not too late to register for the PNW ASI Conference/Fall Meeting. Offering a full day of programming that includes Thérèse Shere on indexing cookbooks, it will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Springhill Marriott in Vancouver, WA. See the PNW website for details and registration. []

For Macrex users, Gale Rhoades will be offering an all-day workshop at the same location in Vancouver, WA on Friday, September 15. See below for more.

Recent Chapter Events

Chicago/Great Lakes Luncheon

We had an informal lunch chat on Saturday, August 5, at our favorite restaurant meeting spot, Hay Caramba in Park Ridge, Illinois. The new chapter leaders, Jim Fuhr and Denise Alberts, reviewed chapter updates and discussed future workshops for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. The changes in the Chapter Charter were discussed. The information on the Fall Workshop details will be coming out in the last week of August, and the Spring dates will be available soon. We are excited about moving forward and thank the former leadership of Leoni McVey and Caryl Wenzel for all their hard work. We had such a great conversation going that we forgot to take a photo!

SIG News

The Digital Publications Indexing SIG has a new website, which is at the same URL that was adopted at the start of 2017: More content will be added, including information for indexers on getting started in embedded indexing and ebook indexing, and information for publishers on embedded index and ebook basics. More members will be added to the Indexers Available page. The new website was created in WordPress, which supports a modern design, mobile-device compatibility, simple updating, and a news blog feature.

Learning Opportunities for Indexers

Macrex Workshop

Friday, September 15, 2017
Marriott Springhill Suites—Columbia Room
1421 SE Tech Center Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

A day filled with information to improve your efficiency and profitability as an indexer. You’ll have a chance to network with other users, learn new ways to reduce the time it takes to write indexes, and find out why these workshops get rave reviews. This workshop is in the same location as the PNW Chapter Fall Conference. Email the Macrex Support Office or check the link on the PNW website for more information.

Taxonomy Workshops

Heather Hedden, who has led full-day taxonomy workshops prior to some ASI conferences, will be leading workshops at these conferences:

  • London, UK, October 16, 10:00–5:00, at Taxonomy Boot Camp London
  • Washington, DC, October 27, 9:00–5:00, at the Association of Information Science & Technology conference
  • Boston, MA, November 30, 1:00–4:00, at the Gilbane Digital Content conference

Heather is offering her online course Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies.


In the Spotlight this month is Richard Genova, who won the 2017 ASI Excellence in Indexing Award (formerly the Wilson Award) for The New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, published by LexisNexis.

If you would like to nominate someone to be in the Spotlight, or be there yourself, contact the See Also editor, Ælfwine Mischler.

Where do you live now? Where are you originally from? Do you share your home with pets or family?
Born and raised in New York City, my wife and I now make our home in the beautiful Poconos. We share our home with two rambunctious border collies and two cats—the cats and one of the collies are rescues.

What is your educational background?
BA from SUNY Binghamton with majors in environmental studies and biology. Minors in philosophy and creative writing. I can speak, read, and write German.

Do you have any hobbies or other interesting things to share?
For quite a few years I ran a second business as a landscape photographer. I’ve had the good fortune to have been able to hike and photograph in some of the most beautiful areas of our country and have been published in a number of calendars—Sierra Club, Audubon, National Parks Association, and Smith-Southwestern. I still hike and photograph as time permits, and occasionally sell prints at art fairs.

What kind of work did you do before you started indexing?
I began working at the legal publisher Matthew Bender shortly after college. Prior to moving to the indexing department, I was an editorial associate, copyeditor, and writing associate.

When did you start indexing? When did you join ASI?
I joined the indexing department at Matthew Bender in 1988. I eventually became one of the indexing managers there with responsibilities that included hiring and training both in-house and freelance indexers. I became a full-time freelancer in 1995 and have been indexing ever since. I’ve been a member of ASI on and off over the last 20 years, having most recently rejoined last year.

For you, what is the best advantage of ASI membership?
I’ve attended a few ASI conferences over the years, including the most recent one in Portland ME. They are always a wonderful learning experience and it is great to be able to meet fellow indexers. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie and exchanging of ideas and “war stories” with other indexers. The opportunities to network and meet potential clients at the conventions, through fellow indexers, and through the Indexer Locator have been invaluable to me.

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