- 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)
- Indexing Names Coming in April (March 2012)
- Reciprocal Agreement with the Society for Technical Communications (April 2011)
- Minutes from 2011 Annual Meeting Posted in Members Area (April 2011)
- Minutes from 2010 Annual Meeting Posted in Members Area (May 2010)
- 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)
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 PensÃ©es) 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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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!
Incoming ASI President Pilar Wyman outlined ASI's priorities for 2012 in her remarks at the annual business meeting in San Diego.
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.
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, Meeting Minutes
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 €œan 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 2009 Salary Survey Now Available.
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 (http://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: http://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 http://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.
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.
Details about this triennual meeting as well as a Call for Papers is available on our conferences and trade shows page.
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
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.
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.
Now available: A Brief History of the American Society of Indexers
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
Legal Indexing SIG: New Discussion Group
Minutes of 2006 International Indexing Meeting Available
- 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
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 ASI Training in Indexing course overview provides more information about the course.
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ASI Training Course and Credentialing
Resource Center Jointly Accredited
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
Web Indexing SIG: New Web Site and New Discussion Group
DHL Partners with ASI
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.
Indexes: A Chapter from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition
ASI recognizes that appropriate professional practices benefit both indexers and their clients. [Revised 2016] Download a PDF of our Best Practices Guide.