- Wilson Award Recipient Announced (March 2013)
- ASI President at Tools of Change Conference (February 2013)
- Nominations for the 2013 Wilson Award (December 2012)
- Tom Lundy Selected as New Key Words Editor (November 2012)
- Minutes from 2012 Board Meetings Posted in Members Area (October 2012)
- 2012 Revision of the International Agreement (October 2012)
- How to Embed the ASIndexing Profile Widget (May 2012)
- Comments from President Wyman (May 2012)
- Reciprocal Agreement with the Society for Technical Communications (April 2011)
- Minutes from 2011 Annual Meeting Posted in Members Area (April 2011)
- Call for Conference Proposals (October 2010)
- Southeast Chapter of ASI Inaugural Meeting Announced (August 2010)
- May Board Minutes Posted (June 2010)
- Minutes from 2010 Annual Meeting Posted in Members Area (May 2010)
- Statement from ASI Officers Regarding ICI (April 2010)
- The 2010 Hines and Wilson Awards (April 2010)
- Indexing Society of Canada (ISC) Conference, May 26-27 (March 2010)
- Last Call for Hines Nominations (February 2010)
- Program for 2010 ASI Conference Now Available (February 2010)
- 2009 Salary Survey Now Available (January 2010)
- New Edition of Index It Right! Advice from the Experts Now Available (January 2010)
- Web Indexing Award, 2010 (January 2010)
- Golden Gate Chapter Conference Scholarship (January 2010)
- November Board Minutes Posted (December 2009)
- New Benefit for ASI Members (November 2009)
- Sarah Palin's Book Receives ASI's First Golden Turkey Honors (November 2009)
- 2010 Annual Conference: Call for Presentations (September 2009)
- 2010 Wilson Award Application Information (September 2009)
- Starting an Indexing Business, 4th edition, Now Available (August 2009)
- ASI Announces UPS Discount as Member Benefit (July 2009)
- 2009 Web Indexing Award Announced (July 2009)
- Marketing Moves into the Spotlight (July 2009)
- Business SIG Website Relaunch (July 2009)
- New Publication–Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks (May 2009)
- Wright recipient of the 2009 ASI/H.W. Wilson Award (March 2009)
- ASI-PI Conference Speaker Guide Now Available (March 2009)
- Classic ASI Publications Now Available (February 2009)
- Call for Presentations for 2009 ASI Conference (August 2008)
- Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers 2009 Meeting Information. (July 2008)
- Indexing: Creating and Maintaining Speed DVD Available at ASI Online Store (May 2008)
- New Publication–Indexing for Editors and Authors: A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes (May 2008)
- Samples of Wilson Award-Winning Indexes Now Available (April 2008)
- ASI's Name Changed to American Society for Indexing (March 2008)
- Now available: A Brief History of the American Society of Indexers (December 2007)
- Member Health Insurance Benefits Program now available (June 2007)
- New Publication - Indexing Specialties: Web Sites (May 2007)
- President's Letter - February 2007 - Posted (April 2007)
- Legal Indexing SIG: New Discussion Group (November 2006)
- Minutes of 2006 International Indexing Meeting Available (November 2006)
- ASI Announces the Training in Indexing Course (November 2006)
- President's Letter Posted (November 2006)
- The Washington, D.C. Chapter Has Changed its Name to the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter (MSA)(October 2006)
- The Newest ASAIB Newsletter Now Available to ASI Members(October 2006)
- Judy Reveal Named New Editor for Key Words (October 2006)
- Strategic Planning Report: June 15, 2006 (September 2006)
- ASI Training in Indexing Course Appointments (July 2006)
- Ina Gravitz Accepts Position of SIG Coordinator (July 2006)
- Stephanie Reymann Accepts Chair of Membership Committee (July 2006)
- Cumulative Index to The Indexer Now Available Online (July 2006)
- New Board Member Announced (July 2006)
- Indexing Body of Knowledge Available for Review (June 2006)
- ASI Appreciates the Generosity of the 2006 Conference Sponsors (June 2006)
- 2006 Wilson Award Recipients (June 2006)
- Latest Credentialing Committee Minutes Posted (May 2006)
- 2006 Hines Award Recipient (April 2006)
- Newsletters of Other Indexing Societies (December 2005)
- ASI Brochures Available Online (November 2005)
- Selection of Conference Papers and Slides Available Online (November 2005)
- Index It Right! now available (October 2005)
- ASI Training Course and Credentialing (October 2005)
- Resource Center for Associations Jointly Accredited (October 2005)
- Indexing Specialties: Scholarly Books is now available! (April 2005)
- Web Indexing SIG: New Web Site and New Discussion Group (January 2005)
- DHL Partners with ASI (January 2005)
- The 2004 Salary Survey is now available (January 2005)
- Indexes: A Chapter from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., is now available (November 2004)
- Member Benefit Items (August 2004)
- 10 Tips to Make Your Locator Listing Work for You! (June 2004)
- Order of the Kohlrabi (June 2004)
- Best Professional Practices (December 2003)
- Promotional Brochures for ASI Members (September 2003)
- Jobs Hotline Sign Up Now Available (July 2003)
- Advertising Opportunities in ASI Publications (December 2002)
- Buy books online through the Amazon.com Associates Program (November 2002)
Wilson Award Recipient Announced
The American Society for Indexing and EBSCO Publishing are pleased to announce that the 2013 ASI/H.W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Indexing will be awarded to Kate Mertes for her index to My Thoughts (Mes Pensées) by Montesquieu, translated and edited by Henry C. Clark. An EBSCO Publishing representative will present the award to Kate during the Wilson Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 18, at the ASI Conference in San Antonio, Texas. See the full press release.
ASI President at Tools of Change Conference
ASI President Pilar Wyman presented on "Mashups, Models, and Monetization: Making Your Indexes Go All the Way" at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York, NY on February 12, 2013.
Nominations for the 2013 Wilson Award
Nominations for the 2013 American Society for Indexing/H. W. Wilson Award for Excellence are welcomed beginning December 1, 2012. The submission deadline is February 23, 2013. To address "copyright creep," the criteria for eligibility has been updated to include books in distribution by December 31, 2012. This year's award will be presented at the Annual Conference for the American Society for Indexing, April 17–20, in San Antonio, Texas. See the full press release.
Tom Lundy Selected as New Key Words Editor
ASI is pleased to announce the selection of Tom Lundy as Editor of Key Words beginning January 1, 2013. Tom will be replacing Judy Reveal, who retired recently after providing excellent editorial service for the past six years. Key Words is the official bulletin of the American Society for Indexing. Beginning with the January 2013 issue, Key Words will be published monthly online in pdf format, with cumulative print issues of feature content. For Key Words inquiries, article submissions, or congratulations on his new position, email Tom at email@example.com. Members may read the latest and previous issues of Key Words by logging into the members section of this website. Download a PDF version of the full announcement.
Minutes from 2012 Board Meetings Posted in Members Area
The ASI Business Meeting Minutes for April 18, 2012 (annual meeting) and for September 11, 2012 (conference call) have been posted to the Members Only area under Documents and Manuals/Documents & Reports/Annual Meeting Minutes.
2012 Revision of the International Agreement
The International Affiliation Agreement reflects the current relationships between several international indexing societies. The agreement marks the development of international relationships between these societies, and the support and exchange of ideas that the societies can offer to each other. The full agreement which lists the affiliated Societies, Associate Groups and Networks is available under the Affiliations section of the ASI Website.
How to Embed the ASIndexing Profile Widget
There is a new way to follow ASI on Twitter. The American Society for Indexing announces a new widget people can use to help keep up with all the ASI news on Twitter. ASI Member Rose Ippolito and her business partner have created a page that explains how. The widget displays the 100 most recent tweets in a scrollable area that shows the most recent 4 tweets. The page is also available in a .zip file so that it can be downloaded and added to other websites, for Chapters and SIGs, for example. Many thanks to ASI Member Rose Ippolito and her business partner for so graciously setting this up for us!
Comments from President Wyman
Incoming ASI President Pilar Wyman outlined ASI's priorities for 2012 in her remarks at the annual business meeting in San Diego.
Reciprocal Agreement with the Society for Technical Communications
Did you know that ASI and the Society for Technical Communication have a formal Memorandum of Understanding that brings benefits to members of both organizations? This is a summary of what the agreements means to you as a member of ASI.
- ASI members receive STC member registration rates for events organized by STC. ASI members also receive STC member rates for STC products. The reverse is also true in that STC members get ASI member registration rates and member rates on products.
- ASI is recognized as an STC member on the ASI homepage and vice versa.
- Both organizations reference and promote each other's events, except those within 30 days of annual conferences.
- ASI and STC may co-develop and/or co-host joint educational events.
- There is a reciprocal trade for advertising in each other's membership magazines.
The full agreement is available for reference in the Members Area of the ASI website.
Minutes from 2011 Annual Meeting Posted in Members Area
The ASI Business Meeting Minutes for April 18, 2011 have been posted to the Members Only area.
Call for Conference Proposals
Have an idea for a conference session? Submit your proposals until October 22, 2010. Information is available here.
Southeast Chapter of ASI Inaugural Meeting Announced
The new Southeast Chapter is having its inaugural meeting November 13–14 in Savannah. For more information, consult the chapters page on this site.
May Board Minutes Posted
Minutes for the May 12, 2010, meeting of the Board of Directors are now available in the Members Area under Documents & Reports
Minutes from 2010 Annual Meeting Posted in Members Area
The ASI Business Meeting Minutes for May 15, 2010, have been posted to the Members Only area.
Kate Mertes' May President's Letter
Kate Mertes' May President's Letter is now available.
Statement from ASI Officers Regarding ICI
Read the brief statement from ASI officers regarding the formation of the Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI).
The 2010 Hines and Wilson Awards
The Hines Award Committee is very proud to announce Enid L. Zafran as the 2010 recipient of the Hines Award. Enid is a shining example of an individual who has shown continuous, dedicated, and exceptional service to the membership of ASI, as this prestigious award warrants. ASI Members who attend the annual conference in Minneapolis will have the opportunity to celebrate Enid’s achievements at a special awards presentation, and to hear her speak about her career and indexing philosophy. Kay Dusheck, Chair, Hines Committee, Deborah Patton and Donna Drialo, Committee members
The ASI/H.W. Wilson Company Indexing Award is presented to an indexer and a publisher for a stellar index, an index that can serve as a model for emulation.The 2010 committee members agreed unanimously that none of the submissions were of that caliber. This is the seventh time that this award has not been bestowed. We had eight submissions, considerably fewer than last year. The varieties of volume type and subject matter were impressive, ranging from an encyclopedia to textbooks, from scholarly tomes to books for the general public. Single and multi-volume works were represented. Among the fields covered were children’s and social issues, history, anthropology, and medicine. The committee was very pleased to see the wide range of book type and subject matter.Unfortunately all of the submissions had serious flaws. Each index had internal inconsistencies, e.g., locators for double postings and for flipped entries were not identical. Serious cross reference issues arose with circular See also references appearing and basic See references (e.g., farming. See agriculture) missing. Orphan subentries abounded, as did long strings of locators off main entries. In some cases locators were inaccurate. In a number of cases entire topics were not in the index.In several books the typesetting made reading and deciphering the index difficult. The absence of continued lines at the top of columns left readers unsure if they were looking at a subentry or a sub-subentry. (The Award, it should be remembered, goes to the publisher as well as the indexer.)
The award process is completely blind. None of the judges had any idea of the identity of any of the indexers, or even if a submission came from the indexer or the publisher. All of the judges began the day-long process expecting to select a winning index. I thank the Wilson Committee members for their thoughtful analyses and hard work: Terry Casey, Rose Coad, Barbara DeGennaro (who was unable to attend), Terri Hudoba, Peg Mauer, and Kate Mertes. Thank you also to our registrar, Lee Humphrey, who completely covered any indicators of an indexer’s identity. And finally my thanks go to the H.W. Wilson Company for its commitment to excellence in indexing and for sponsoring this award for 32 years. I urge indexers to redouble their efforts to achieve excellence in indexing by applying the Wilson Award criteria to their work and by submitting those indexes for award consideration. Further, I urge publishers to remember readability and comprehensibility when designing and laying out an index. I am sure that many excellent indexes were published in 2009; the committee simply did not receive them. However, I look forward to participating in the selection of a Wilson Award winner next year. Ina Gravitz, Chair, Wilson Awards Committee
Indexing Society of Canada (ISC) Conference, May 26-27, 2010
"Ten for Ten: Perfecting Our Craft" will be held at Dawson College, Montreal. Keynote speaker is Michèle Hudon, an experienced indexer recognized internationally as a researcher and consultant in thesaurus development and multilingual subject access. Other sessions include a panel on ethics, a multi-speaker presentaton on indexing archival images, a presentation on the revised ISO guidelines for thesaurus construction, and a peer review session.
Last Call for Hines Nominations
Do you know someone whose service to ASI makes them worthy of joining this elite group? If you know of someone who has offered distinguished service, perhaps as an officer, board member or committee member, or who has worked with ASI for the advancement and improvement of the indexing profession, then please consider nominating that person for the Hines Award. The deadline for nomination letters is February 15, 2010. All submissions should be made by e-mail to the Hines Committee chairperson, Kay Dusheck. You may also submit nomination packets via U.S. mail or overnight delivery to the Chair at: Kay Dusheck, 4193 Buffalo Ridge Road, Anamosa, Iowa 52205. Questions? Please call 319-3508657. The Hines Committee, consisting of Kay Dusheck, Deborah Patton and Donna Drialo, will review all applications/nominations and announce the recipient at the 2010 annual conference in Minneapolis.
Program for 2010 ASI Conference Now Available
The full program and registration information for the 2010 ASI conference in Minneapolis is now available on our new conference central page.
The 2009 Salary Survey Now Available.
ASI is pleased to present the results of its 2009 salary survey. This survey covers all segments of the indexing community and specialty applications, and provides a fascinating and valuable snapshot of indexers and indexing today. It is available in the member area of this site. (Member login is required to view this document.) Nonmembers may purchase the report for $200 through the ASI store.
New Edition of Index It Right! Advice from the Experts Now Available
ASI president Kate Mertes announced the publication of Index It Right! Advice from the Experts, Volume 2, edited by Janet Perlman & Enid L. Zafran, 2010. We all owe a vote of thanks to Janet, Enid, and all the contributors who worked so hard to produce this splendid volume and made it a book that should be in every indexer’s library. The second volume in this series provides a range of topics. Dealing with the technique of indexing, it covers how to write subheadings (Towery & Agee) and how to handle locators and page numbers (Russell). For specialty areas, articles deal with public policy (Zafran), textbooks (McVey), technical writing (Wright), and naval and military documents (Patton). In format types, it offers guidance on database indexing (Mamassian), taxonomies and thesauri (Hedden), and embedded techniques (Haskins). The book is available via the ASI Publications homepage, or directly through ITI (https://books.infotoday.com/books/index.shtml#index). It is priced at $32 for ASI members, $40 for nonmembers–a tangible member benefit!
Web Indexing Award, 2010
The Web Indexing SIG is now inviting entries for the 2010 Web Indexing Award. The award recognizes excellence in website indexing and is open to members of the ASI and affiliated indexing societies. The deadline for entries is April 23, 2010. Further details, including the award criteria and how to enter, are available at: https://www.web-indexing.org/web-indexing-award.htm.
Golden Gate Chapter Conference Scholarship
The Golden Gate Chapter of ASI is again sponsoring a scholarship competition open to any chapter member who has never attended an ASI national conference. Details are available on the Chapters page.
November Board Minutes Posted
Minutes from the November Board meeting have been posted to the member area of this site. (Member login is required to view this document.)
New Benefit for ASI Members
By agreement with the H.W. Wilson Company, a complementary account has been set up that will allow ASI members access to Wilson's Library Literature & Information Science database. You can access it by logging into to the members area and clicking on the first item on the list under "Member Discounts and offers." Or you can simply click here for access instructions.
Palin's Book Receives ASI's First Golden Turkey Honors
ASI's first Golden Turkey Award for misadventures in indexing recognizes Sarah Palin's Going Rogue for having been published without an index.
2010 Annual Conference: Call for Presentations
Check out the 2010 conference pages for information about submitting a proposal for a presentation or poster.
2010 Wilson Award Application Information
Submission guidelines and application form have been posted for the 2010 Wilson Award.
Starting an Indexing Business, 4th edition, Now Available
ASI is pleased to announce that the the fourth edition of Starting an Indexing Business is now available for sale on the publications page of this website and through our publisher, ITI. The editors are Enid L. Zafran and Joan Shapiro, and contributors include Fred Leise, Pilar Wyman, Christine Michaud, Melanie Krueger, and Fran Lennie (in addition to Joan and Enid). This edition has some new features that will be of interest to those in the indexing field for a while, as well as to newbies: for example, a sample letter agreement, an article about packagers, and an article on the various types of liability and risk that indexers may encounter. The 3rd edition has been a perennial best seller for ASI and ITI, and we are sure the 4th edition will continue this streak, so make sure to get a copy before they sell out!
ASI Announces UPS Discount as Member Benefit
Starting May 18, 2009, the American Society for Indexing members can now save up to 26 percent on their express shipping courtesy of UPS. For more information, check out the member benefit page.
2009 Web Indexing Award Announced
The winner of the 2009 Web Indexing Award, awarded by the ASI's Web Indexing Special Interest Group, is Mary Russell. Her index to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) web site at https://www.anzsi.org impressed the judges with its comprehensiveness and usability.
Submissions for the 2010 award will be accepted towards the end of 2009. The Award is open to members of ASI and affiliated indexing societies, in addition to members of the Information Architecture Institute (a partner organization).
Marketing Moves into the Spotlight
From Annette Rogers, Executive Director: The Board of Directors and staff of ASI have developed a comprehensive marketing initiative for the organization and we are excited to share it with you. The plan incorporates a three-pronged process: Marketing indexing as a whole, promoting indexers as individuals, and building ASI as a society. We are very excited to have a road map from which to work and are looking forward to a successful journey. Log in to the Members Area and click on Documents and Reports to see the full plan.
Business SIG Website Relaunch
The Business Indexing SIG is pleased to announce the re-launch of its website at http://www.businessindexing.org. The site has been completely redesigned to improve its 'look and feel' and to increase its useability by clients seeking a business indexer.
New Publication–Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks
Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks, edited by Alexandra Nickerson, Fred Leise, and Terri Hudoba, is the newest release in ASI's popular Indexing Specialties series. Visit our publications page for more information.
Wright recipient of the 2009 ASI/H.W. Wilson Award
Jan C. Wright is the recipient of the 2009 ASI/H.W. Wilson Award for her index to Real World Adobe InDesign CS3, by Olav Martin Kvern and David Blatner. The book was published by Peachpit Press in 2008. It is the first time a technical manual has won the award. Jan will receive a plaque and a check for $1000 at the ASI conference in Portland.
ASI-PI Conference Speaker Guide Now Available
Getting ready for your presentation at Portland? Concerned about time management, or making sure attendees can hear you? Check out our new speaker's guide, a brochure jointly produced by ASI and Potomac Indexing. Full of useful tips!
Classic ASI Publications Now Available
Two classic ASI publications from the 1990s (Managing Large Indexing Projects and Subheadings: A Matter of Opinion) are now available for purchase from the ASI Online Store. These publications, long out of print, can be purchased as PDF downloads. Select 'Publications' and click on the 'More Info' button for product descriptions.
Call for Presentations for 2009 ASI Conference.
The Call for Presentations for ASI's 2009 conference in Portland, Oregon, is now available online. The deadline for proposals is October 20, 2008.
For additional information on the conference, visit our conference information page.
Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers 2009 Triennual Meeting.
Details about this triennual meeting as well as a Call for Papers is available on our conferences and trade shows page.
Indexing: Creating and Maintaining Speed DVD Available at ASI Online Store
The American Society for Indexing is proud to announce the development and sale of a new, ASI-sponsored professional development product, which is launching with special promotional pricing during the Denver conference. We are enthusiastic about this new product, because it represents a new means of providing quality indexing education to people around the globe.
Kate Mertes, past-president of ASI and acclaimed indexer and presenter, has partnered with ASI to present to you Indexing: Creating and Maintaining Speed. This two-DVD recording contains the entirety of her "NASCAR Indexing" presentation-over four recorded hours-which she has delivered to ASI's members around the country. The discs also contain digital copies of the handouts and overhead slides used in her presentation.
Learn more about the DVD set, including pricing details, at the ASI Online Store.
New Publication: Indexing for Editors and Authors, A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes
ASI Publications Committee is pleased to announce a new book by Fred Leise, Kate Mertes, and Nan Badgett.
Indexing for Editors and Authors, A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes is an indexing guide for editors, authors, and designers who need to create, edit, format, or evaluate indexes and work with professional indexers.
More information about this publication is available on our publications page.
Samples of Wilson Award-Winning Indexes Now Available
Selected sample pages from Wilson Award-winning indexes can now be downloaded as PDF files from the Wilson Award Recipients page. Sample indexes are published with permission of the copyright owners as a service to the industry.
ASI's Name Changed to American Society for Indexing
A bylaws amendment changing ASI's name to the American Society for Indexing has been approved by 83.5% of the members voting in the 2008 election. The name change is effective immediately, and will be phased in at both the national and chapter/SIG levels over the next few months.
Now available: A Brief History of the American Society of Indexers
Peter Rooney's excellent history of the American Society of Indexers is available here.
Member Health Insurance Benefits Program now available
A Health Insurance Benefits Program is now available thru USI Affinity Health Plans as an optional benefit to ASI members.
New Publication: Indexing Specialties: Web Sites
ASI Publications Committee is pleased to announce a new entry in the Indexing Specialties series. The book, by Heather Hedden, is entitled Indexing Specialties: Web Sites.
The book presents a logical and coherent explanation of how to index web sites using various types of software. Heather has given popular online courses and conference workshops on web site indexing. She intends the book for use by both those experienced with HTML and those new to the world of web indexing. She deals with topics of converting book indexes to web formats, discusses specific software tools, and explores style and presentation considerations.
More information about this publication is available on our publications page.
President's Letter - February 2007 - Posted
The third in a bimonthly series of president's newsletters has been posted to our site.
Legal Indexing SIG: New Discussion Group
The Legal Indexing SIG has been established and is for indexers who are interested in legal indexing. The SIG is open to any member of ASI and the other indexing societies worldwide. The dues for this SIG are $20.00 per year. There is a new Legal Indexing SIG discussion group. For more information on this and other ASI Special Interest Groups, visit our SIGs page.
Minutes of 2006 International Indexing Meeting Available
The minutes of the 2006 international meeting of the indexing societies, which took place immediately before the opening of the joint ASI/ISC Toronto conference last June, have been posted in the Members Area of this website. The next international meeting is scheduled in 2009, at the triennial meeting and conference. Comments are encouraged; please send them to our international liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASI Announces the Training in Indexing Course
The ASI Training in Indexing course is now available for ASI members. You will be able to learn about indexing and how to index via 3 self-study units supplied on an interactive CD-ROM:
- Unit A - Indexers, Users and Documents
- Unit B - Choice and Form of Entries
- Unit C - Arrangement and Presentation of Indexes and Thesauri
Each unit provides self-assessment exercises with answers, as well as interactive exercises as you proceed through the material. Study time for each unit is approximately 40-50 hours.
Examinations, testing acquired knowledge as well as indexing skill, may be taken at the completion of each unit. Students successfully meeting the requirements of all three examinations will be awarded a certificate of completion by ASI.
Note (November 21, 2006): Unit A of the Training in Indexing course has now shipped to a charter group of students. Units B and C will be ready to ship within the next two weeks.
Additional inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
President's Letter Posted
The second in a bimonthly series of president's newsletters has been posted to our site.
The Washington, D.C. Chapter Has Changed its Name to the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter (MSA)
The Washington, D.C. Chapter has changed its name to the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter (MSA). Founded in 1978, the DC Chapter was created for indexers serving the Washington publishing community, spurred in part by the publishing needs of the U.S. government. Over the years this Chapter's membership has provided workshops on a variety of topics which have drawn attendees from large distances. While chapter meetings have been in the metro DC area, we do hope to locate meeting spaces further afield to transform this local chapter into the regional chapter it has become. Recently the September (2006) workshop on getting started in indexing drew people from North Carolina and western Pennsylvania. More localized meetings in northern Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania have also provided forums for indexers to gather and share experiences and ideas. Members of this chapter range from Pennsylvania, through Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Florida in addition to other states and countries.
Discussions about changing the chapter name began last spring at the suggestion of Barbara DeGennaro. The bylaws had to be changed by a vote of chapter members and approved by the ASI Board. Instead of paper ballots, we used the ASI office electronic voting system. Participation was the best ever — 50% of the membership voted. Participation with paper ballots had never been that good. The balloting was complete in early September. ASI Board approval followed in mid-September.
There are many procedural changes to be made on the ASI website, on the chapter website, and with emailing the chapter officers. We were hoping to make some of those changes before this announcement but decided the announcement was too important, so watch for those changes in the weeks to come.
Chapter Officers, 2006–2007:
Deborah Patton, Chair
Peg Ruppel, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Kate Mertes, Immediate Past Chair
Mauro Pittaro, Treasurer
Jean Bray, Secretary
The Newest ASAIB Newsletter Now Available to ASI Members
The latest newsletter from the Association of South African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB)—No. 23, September 2006—is available in the member area of this Web site.
Judy Reveal Named New Editor for Key Words
ASI is pleased to announce the selection of a new Key Words editor, Judy Reveal. Her three-year editorship contract is scheduled to begin when our current editor, Pilar Wyman, steps down at the end of 2006. For more information, please read our official press release. In addition, ASI is looking to build an editorial committee to help manage and acquire content. If you are interested, or have other ideas for the future of Key Words, contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strategic Planning Report: June 15, 2006
A comprehensive report on ASI's strategic planning efforts, encompassing several surveys and notes from multiple meetings, is now available for members online.
ASI's New Corporate-Style Email Addresses
In the spirit of improved communication among members and officers of ASI, we've implemented several corporate-style email addresses. Not only are these easy to remember (and guess!), but they're also persistent over time as officers change. Please see our email addresses page for a complete list.
ASI Training in Indexing Course Appointments
ASI Training Committee announces the appointment of Hines Award winner Janet Perlman as Course Administrator. She will be joined by Exam Markers Katie Bright Banks, Sandi Frank, Leah Hotimlanska, Terri Hudoba, Marion Lerner-Levine, Carol Roberts, Kay Schlembach, Carolyn Weaver and Pilar Wyman.
The ASI Training in Indexing course overview provides more information about the course.
Ina Gravitz Accepts Position of SIG Coordinator
Ina Gravitz, who has served as the chair of our Membership Committee, has agreed to accept the position of SIG Coordinator. Her background will serve her well, as she works to develop stronger communication and collaboration among ASI's many affiliated special interest groups and to encourage their development as an integral part of ASI's function. She writes, "As SIG Coordinator I will facilitate communication among the SIGs. Why reinvent the wheel? Many SIGs already developed effective marketing ideas and innovative education programs. ... I intend to publicize the existence of SIGs to the general indexing community and to the ASI community through ASI-L and Key Words." You can reach Ina at email@example.com.
Stephanie Reymann Accepts Chair of Membership Committee
Stephanie Reymann is taking over the chair of the Membership Committee. She served on this committee for the past two years, on the Nominating Committee, and on the board of the Twin Cities Minnesota Chapter for 2000–2004, so she has demonstrated skills in talking to our members at all levels. She is a freelance indexer who specializes in a wide variety of subject matter, holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame, and was a senior buyer for two major department store retailers ... before finding her true calling with us! We are excited having Stephanie more involved in membership concerns. It is our expectation that she will help ASI to meet the needs of our membership, as well as help our members and potential membership better understand the opportunities and value that ASI provides. You can reach Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumulative Index to The Indexer Now Available Online
The cumulative index to The Indexer, vols. 20–25 (1996–2006) is now on The Indexer website (www.theindexer.org). The index will be further developed by the journal's editorial board as time permits.
New Board Member Announced
Kay Schlembach has accepted a board appointment, replacing Lucie Haskins, who resigned from the national board for personal reasons. The board voted to appoint Kay Schlembach to complete the two-year remainder of Lucie's directorship term. Although Kay stepped down at the end of her 2006 term, by accepting the reappointment she returns to service through 2008.
Indexing Body of Knowledge Available for Review
The Credentialing Committee has developed a DRAFT description of an Indexing Body of Knowledge that would form the basis for any credentialing process that might be eventually adopted for ASI. The document is now available for review and member comment in the Members Area under Documents & Reports.
ASI Appreciates the Generosity of the 2006 Conference Sponsors
The success of the Toronto conference this month was due in large part to the contributions of our sponsors. We'd like to give them special acknowledgment by mentioning them all here:
- Fred Brown
- Coughlin Indexing Services
- Indexing Research
- Kay Schlembach, IndexPro
- WordCo Indexing Services, Inc.
Thank you for helping us put on an excellent annual meeting and conference!
2006 Wilson Award Recipients
Congratulations to Charlee Trantino and New World Library as the 2006 Wilson Award recipients!
Credentialing Committee Minutes for May06 Posted
Minutes for May 2006 meeting of the Credentialing Committee have now been posted to the member area of this site. Minutes of previous meetings are also available.
2006 Hines Award Recipient
Congratulations to Janet Perlman as the 2006 Hines Award recipient! View the details on the Hines Award web page. Janet has recently been appointed as the ASI Training in Indexing Course Administrator.
Newsletters of Other Indexing Societies
Selected newsletters of ASI's sister indexing societies are now posted as PDF files in the Members Area.
ASI Brochures Available Online
Selected ASI brochures are now available in the Members Area for viewing and download.
Selection of Conference Papers and Slides Available Online
A selection of speaker slides and papers from past ASI conferences is available for viewing and download.
Index It Right! Advice from the Experts, Volume 1
Here is the premiere title in a new series presenting selected expert coverage in key indexing areas. Volume 1 includes top tips and advice on indexing philosophy (Carol Roberts), theology (Kate Mertes), biography (Martin L. White), horticulture (Thérèse Shere with Lina B. Burton), art (Susan DeRenne Coerr), encyclopedias (Marion Lerner-Levine), computer manuals (Beth Palmer), and Web sites (Fred Brown). Edited by Enid L. Zafran. Available from Information Today, Inc. Press release is here.
ASI Training Course and Credentialing
The ASI Board and Officers have carefully prepared the answers to members' FAQs regarding the ASI Certificate Course. We hope that you will find them helpful and informative.
Resource Center Jointly Accredited
ASI's staff, more formally known as The Resource Center for Associations (RC), is a professional association management company (AMC) that is active in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Association of Association Management Companies (IAAMC). Both organizations offer accreditation to members that meet very high and stringent criteria and standards. ASAE accredited RC as a charter company and reaccredited them last year. IAAMC has just announced RC's accreditation also.
There are hundreds of AMCs around the world. However there are only 18 AMCs worldwide jointly accredited by both ASAE and IAAMC. RC is proud of the recognition and the honor and wants ASI members to know that they will continue their commitment to these standards of excellence and towards ASI's successful future.
Indexing Specialities: Scholarly Books Is Now Available
A new ASI publication is now available: Indexing Specialties: Scholarly Books, edited by Margie Towery and Enid Zafran. Visit the ASI Publications page for more information.
Web Indexing SIG: New Web Site and New Discussion Group
The Web Indexing SIG has been reactivated and has a new web site: www.web-indexing.org. There is also a new discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/web-indexing/.
DHL Partners with ASI
DHL - Take a Look!
The American Society for Indexing has partnered with DHL to bring members a full suite of domestic and international shipping services, covering over 220 countries and territories around the globe.
Members are also eligible for preferred DHL association member pricing. To find out more about your DHL benefits and set up your account, or if you have questions regarding your current account, please contacted the dedicated association hotline at 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377) 8am–7pm ET, or visit http://www.membersales.com/ASI.
The 2004 Salary Survey is now available.
ASI is pleased to present the results of its 2004 salary survey, including analysis and commentary on results of interest and historical comparisons. The survey covers all segments of the indexing community and specialty applications. The Executive Summary is available in the public area of the Web site. The full survey is available to ASI members in the Members Only Area.
Indexes: A Chapter from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition
By special arrangement with the University of Chicago Press, ASI is able to offer Indexes: A Chapter from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Download the order form to purchase just the indexing chapter.
Member Benefit Items
Check out the Membership Information page to learn about the new DHL Express and Mutual of Omaha plans for ASI members.
10 Tips to Make Your Locator Listing Work for You!
Renewing your Locator listing or purchasing a new one? Check out these suggestions before submitting your form.
Order of the Kohlrabi
Best Professional Practices
ASI recognizes that appropriate professional practices benefit both indexers and their clients. [Revised 2016] Download a PDF of our Best Practices Guide.
Promotional Brochures for ASI Members
To those members conducting workshops, classes, or seminars in indexing, we now have brochures available that may be used as reference tools or teaching aides. We also have the promotional brochure "Authors and Indexers: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?" available. For information on obtaining these brochures, see the Obtain Brochures page.
Jobs Hotline and Jobs Hotline Sign Up Now Available
Those who wish to locate an indexer for their projects can now post their request to the ASI Jobs Hotline. Indexers who wish to sign up for this service can subscribe to a newsgroup. For more information, see ASI Indexer Jobs Hotline service.
Advertising Opportunities in ASI Publications
Check out these opportunities to advertise your business in Key Words and ASI conference materials.
Buy books online through the Amazon.com Associates Program
The American Society for Indexing is now a member of the Amazon.com Associates Program. When you buy books, electronics, and other items at amazon.com, your purchase benefits ASI at no additional cost to you. In order for ASI to benefit from your purchase, you must access amazon.com through the ASI web site. Members may still buy indexing books from ITI (Information Today, Inc.) at a discount. To use either of these online resources, simply click on the Buy Books! link on the main page of the ASI web site to access the list. The amazon.com link is directly below the Information Today, Inc. link. Happy shopping!