The Summer 2017 issue of PNW-ASI News is now available for download. Our current newsletter includes articles about the next chapter meeting, recent national conferences and an update from our chapter president Scott Smiley. Many thanks to everyone who contributed!
Save the date! Our next Chapter Meeting will be September 16 in Vancouver, Washington. See our Next Chapter Meeting page for more details.
The Institute of Certified Indexers has completed its third annual competition for new indexers, The Purple Pen Award. The winner for 2016 is Sam Arnold-Boyd.
She writes about her indexing career to date:
I dreamed of opening an indexing business since taking an indexing course as part of my work for an MLS from Emporia State University. I first needed to finish a varied career as a teacher and school librarian, which I did in 2015. I then completed the University of California Berkeley Indexing: Theory and Application course with Fred Leise as my instructor and Kari Kells’ tutorials. In addition to the MLS, I have a BA in Linguistics and a MS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Teaching, both from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Sam, whose indexing business is named Cascade Indexing, is active in the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexers.
She won the 2016 Purple Pen Competition with her index for A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph, published by the University Press of Mississippi.
ICI reports strong interest in this new indexer competition which is open internationally to indexers who have completed a training course in the past five years and submit an index done for payment (in other words, not a practice index or pro bono job). Each entrant received a detailed feedback report compiled from the feedback of three ICI-member judges. Once again contestants have commented their impetus to enter is to get the comments and guidance the panel of experienced and well respected judges share. The contest gives entrants the unique opportunity to learn on a project they have done personally and see specific ways how to improve the index.
The standards for the anonymous judging come from the Best Practices on the ICI website: www.certifiedindexers.com.
The PNW chapter would like to announce a new award to enable a newer indexer to attend a PNW chapter meeting at less cost. For more information please visit the Sherry Smith Award page on this site.
American Society for Indexing — Indexing Society of Canada :: Société canadienne d’indexation
June 16-18, 2016
“The Drama of Indexing”
While we all enjoy a quiet life, occasionally even indexing gets dramatic. Conflicts with clients, despair over deadlines, and agonizing over embedding disturbs (and, yes, sometimes enlivens) our everyday lives. How do we cope? As any drama student or NASA astronaut will tell you: rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Going over potentially dramatic scenarios and working out how to handle them beforehand allows you to be cool in a crisis.
The 2016 annual conference, a joint effort of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) and the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC/SCI), will be a signature opportunity for you to get some rehearsal in. With sessions on the latest developments in software programs, eBooks, recombinant indexes for textbooks, resolving client conflicts, embedding, taxonomies, and many others, you’ll be able to bone up on the latest techniques and trends in order to strut your stuff on the indexing stage.
Visit the ASI website for more information.
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASI has elected Scott Smiley as 2106 vice president and Maria Sosnowski as secretary. Thanks very much to everyone for their willingness to serve.
The officers for 2016 are as follows:
Carolyn Weaver, President
Scott Smiley, Vice President
Margaret Berson, Treasurer
Maria Sosnowski, Secretary
Madge Walls, Past President
Save the date! The PNWASI Fall Meeting will be held on October 3, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington.
The Fall PNW/ASI conference is designed to demystify the judging process for indexes submitted for the annual ASI/EIS Publishing Award for Excellence in Indexing (formerly the ASI/H.W. Wilson Award). During the annual EIS judging, nominated indexes are evaluated by a seven-member EIS committee, using criteria that reflect the best contemporary practices in indexing. The EIS criteria have been adopted for use by the ASI Training in Indexing Course, and are also invaluable for the evaluation and polishing of one’s own work.
For more information please see the preliminary announcement on our Next Chapter Meeting page.
Join us for the 2015 ASI Conference
Seattle, Washington, April 29–May 1
The Indexers’ Café
The state of the art of indexing and the publishing world is in constant flux, and keeping up with the evolution of the field requires lifelong learning. Where can you find what you need?
The primary source for information and education about indexing is the American Society for Indexing (ASI). At our annual conferences we present sessions on the best and most up-to-date advances in indexing as an information organization and retrieval resource. In 2015 we will host the conference at Motif Seattle in the heart of Seattle, Washington, just five minutes from Pike Place Market.
Check out all the conference details at http://www.asindexing.org/conference-2015/
The votes for the PNW/ASI elections have been tallied and these are the results:
- Madge Walls has been unanimously elected President for the 2015 term.
- Carolyn Weaver has been unanimously elected Vice President for the 2015 term and President Elect for the 2016 term.
- Margaret Berson has been unanimously elected Treasurer for a two-year term, for 2015-2016.
Linda Stumbaugh will continue to serve as our Secretary.
Many thanks to everyone!
We are thrilled to have a full slate of candidates for 2015:
- President – Madge Walls
- Vice President – Carolyn Weaver
- Secretary – Linda Stumbaugh
- Treasurer – Margaret Berson
And if anyone else wants to volunteer, it is not too late to make it a real contest for any of the above offices.
Stay tuned for news of a formal election.