Area Indexing Courses

If you’re looking for a formal education in indexing, there are a few live and online courses in the Pacific Northwest for you to look into. Those we know about are listed below by state in alphabetical order.

Attendance at regional PNW/ASI chapter meetings is another way to gain more skills and practice. There is often a speaker with methods and strategies that will help you directly or indirectly, and gathering with other indexers who attend can provide you with resources, and resources for more resources.


Emporia State University (Portland, OR)

The School of Library Information Management program occasionally offers this course (LI 842XI: Indexing and Abstracting) online. For information contact the current director.

Sherry L. Smith Indexing Services (Bend and Eugene, OR)

Sherry L Smith, a professional indexer, offers indexing classes and workshops, as well as self-paced individual tutorials. In the classes, you will learn about the basics of back-of-the-book indexing with an emphasis on text analysis. The workshops are designed for advanced and intermediate indexers who want to improve their skills and learn from other indexers. The one-to-one tutorials are designed for the person who wants to learn about back-of-the-book indexing and prefers individual instruction.


Kari Kells at Index West (Olympia, WA)

Index West, the freelance indexing business of Kari Kells, offers classes in the Olympia- or Seattle-area, as well as self-paced individual tutorials. For more information, stop by the Index West web site at

University of Washington, Graduate School of Library Science (ISchool) (Seattle, WA)

Two indexing-related classes are offered here: “Indexing and Abstracting” (LIS 536) and “Construction of Index Languages” (LIS 537). Instructors are ISchool faculty. For more information contact them at (206) 543-1794.

Online Courses

Find distance learning courses on the ASI website.