Sam Arnold-Boyd wins the ICI Purple Pen Award for New Indexers

Posted on September 22, 2016 by


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:

Congratulations Sam!

ASI & ISC 2016 Conference June 16-18

Posted on February 6, 2016 by

American Society for Indexing — Indexing Society of Canada :: Société canadienne d’indexation

Chicago, Illinois

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.

Officers for 2016

Posted on February 6, 2016 by

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

Fall Meeting on October 3, 2015

Posted on July 30, 2015 by

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.

ASI National Conference

Posted on April 25, 2015 by

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