Next Chapter Meeting

Fall 2021 Annual Meeting

The PNW Chapter meeting will be virtual once again this year.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Ina Gravitz will present on the Best Practices of Indexing (Characteristics of Quality Indexing) during the first hour.

Ina began indexing part-time in 1996 and retired as a public librarian in 1999 to become a full-time indexer. She has experience indexing most types of scholarly and trade titles including books for children and teens. Archaeology, gender studies, and history are her favorite subjects.

Ina was active in the New York chapter of ASI, serving as treasurer, and in the Twin Cities (now the Upper Midwest) chapter where she was secretary / treasurer. She was a member of the ASI Board of Directors, serving on numerous committees and as SIG liaison. She was chair, twice, of the ASI Award for Excellence in Indexing (then the Wilson Award). Ina was ASI president from 2013-2014. She received the Hines Award in 2016 and was chair of the award committee in 2019.

During the second hour, participants will explore how these best practices are applied, using a structured guide to analyze the indexes.

First we’ll use Zoom’s Breakout Rooms to split into four groups, each with one of four indexes by accomplished indexers from different genres:

  • Cookbook – New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home by Joyce Goldstein; index by Thérèse Shere
  • Memoir – A Promised Land  by Barack Obama; index by Do Mi Stauber
  • Scholarly – Spiritual Citizenship: Transnational Pathways from Black Power to Ifá in Trinidad by Castor N. Fadeke; index by Scott Smiley
  • Trade book – Facing Heart Disease: A Guide for Patients and Their Families by Theodore A. Stern, MD, Scott R. Beach, MD, and James L. Januzzi, Jr., MD; index by Angela Howard


Following this small group analysis, we will return to the whole group and Ina will guide us as we compare and contrast how best practices are achieved in different genres and different ways.

The online registration form provides a means for registrants to specify their preferences for an index for the Breakout Groups. Preferences for these groups will be assigned on a first-come basis, so register early to increase your chances of getting your first choice. Registrants will be informed of their group before the meeting and will be encouraged to study the index with the guide in advance of the meeting. Soon after registering, every registrant will receive all four of the indexes along with the structured guide for the analysis activity.

Registration will be limited to 24  because of the nature of the activity. Please register right away if you’re interested in attending. Priority registration for PNW/ASI members will end on September 7, when the meeting will be announced on the ASI listserv. PNW members, we encourage you to register ASAP.

For the link to the online registration form, please contact Sam Arnold-Boyd at





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