ASI Webinar: Biographical Metatopics, or, the Why of the Who

ASI Webinar: Biographical Metatopics, or, the Why of the Who

with Fred Leise

August 21, 2024

10 am Pacific; 11 am Mountain; 12 pm Central; 1 pm Eastern

Determining the metatopic of a text is often a complicated, perhaps worrisome task. This is especially the case with biographies. This webinar offers a brief refresher on metatopics and then delves into the minutiae of creating metatopic entries for biographies.

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Understand and recognize different types of metatopics
  • Identify the metatopic of a biography
  • Use some basic statistics for analyzing biographical metatopic entries
  • Understand what metatopic clusters are and how to use them

How to determine the metatopic of a biography is rarely discussed in a focused manner. Take advantage of this opportunity to gain insight into the process through the eyes of an expert indexer with nearly 30 years of experience.

Fred's biographical index to Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf was shortlisted for the Excellence in Indexing Award—the only time that a shortlist has been announced for that honor.

Since 1995, Fred Leise has been indexing a broad variety of texts, specializing in scholarly works in international relations, cultural and political history, film studies, music, and contemporary social issues.

Fred also works as a freelance taxonomy consultant, having completed projects for Fortune 500 companies, as well as several clients in the hospitality and travel industry.

He was an instructor for the University of California, Berkeley Extension Division online indexing courses for 10 years and is a founding member of the Institute of Certified Indexers. He has served several terms on ASI’s board of directors, including two terms as president. He was a recipient of ASI’s Hines Award in 2019.

Fred regularly presents at both national and chapter events and has written a number of articles on various aspects of indexing for both Key Words and The Indexer.

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