ASI Webinar: An Introduction to Abstracting

A Way to Enhance Your Indexing with Lisa Ryan

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Abstracting is an indexing specialty that adds value to a document by providing a summary and bibliographic detail of the work. Abstracts are formal summaries, giving a brief objective summary of the essential content of a book, article, speech, report, dissertation, or other work. Abstracts are important tools for information users, assisting readers in deciding whether or not to read the full text. Since abstracts contain complete bibliographic citations, they are useful when writing up research. Knowing how to write abstracts can enhance your indexing.

In this webinar, you will:

  • discover what abstracting is
  • review the skills needed to compose abstracts
  • understand how to add bibliographic detail
  • learn how to write abstracts
  • explore abstracting opportunities

Lisa Ryan, founder and developer of Stellar Searches LLC, has 24 years of searching, writing, indexing, and abstracting experience beginning as a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Master of Science program from the School of Information and Library Science and continuing with employment at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Library in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She also worked at the Center for Transportation and the Environment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the National Association of Home Builders and U.S. Department of Transportation, both in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Emerson College with a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing.

If you are a member of ISC/SCI, you can receive the member discount using the coupon code on the Member Benefits page.

Get more information at https://www.asindexing.org/webinars/abstracting-ryan/

Society News

For your information, Tere Mullin, co-president since March, has had to step down from the position. We are grateful for her hard work and wish her the best as she continues her indexing career. Make sure to thank Tere as you see her in the regional and national meetings.

Jolanta Komornicka has agreed to stand as co-president. She, along with the rest of the executive committee, will stand for election at the next AGM in 2023.

Jolanta has previous academic experience in history, particularly medieval European history. She holds a PhD and has both taught and published at the university level for several years. Jolanta studied indexing at Toronto Metropolitan University (previously Ryerson).

Previous to accepting this position as co-president, Jolanta was co-regional
representative for the Central (Ontario) region.

Conference 2023: See also Newfoundland. Come share with us!

Call for Proposals

The Conference Committee invites your proposals for ISC/SCI Conference 2023.
Proposals are being accepted until October 3, 2022.

The committee is seeking proposals in the following areas:
▪ aspects of running an indexing business (social media for marketing, profitability, project scheduling, websites, etc.)
▪ technology related to indexing such as devices or equipment, non-indexing software, or apps
▪ improving/assessing index quality or usability from broad topics such as improving your speed to niche topics on specific languages, communities, or subjects
▪ non-back-of-book indexing such as taxonomy, controlled vocabularies, thesaurus development
▪ any niche or specialty topics you feel passionate about

This is an in-person conference taking place in St. John’s in early June. Attendance is expected unless conference plans need to be changed closer to the date. Sessions will be 50 minutes in total (35–40 minutes for presentation followed by a 10–15 minute question-and-answer session).

Application form and more information can be found here.

ASI Webinar: Establishing Yourself as an Expert

Marketing Strategies No One Talks About
with Jen Weers and Gwen Henson

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

A good marketing plan for indexers should include more than a letter-writing campaign and the dreaded cold calls. Even savvy marketers are often missing a key part of their plan: establishing yourself as an expert. When faced with a multitude of indexers in the mix for a single project, you need to be proactive in proving you are the right person for the job.

In this webinar, you will:
• explore out-of-the-box marketing tools for establishing yourself as an expert
• learn how to be seen as an expert even with limited experience
• identify different audiences for your message
• hear from experts who have successfully used this concept
• explore imposter syndrome and ways to see yourself as an expert, even if you don’t believe your own message

If you are a member of ISC/SCI, you can receive the member discount using the coupon code on the Member Benefits page.


Register and get more information at
https://www.asindexing.org/webinars/expert-weers-henson/

ISC/SCI Members Receive the DReam to Index Scholarship

Congratulations to Matthew MacLellan, Jessica MacLeod, and Laurel Rush of ISC/SCI, and Heather Pendley of ASI on their win of the DReam to Index Scholarship.

From the DReam to Index team:

The four recipients of 2022 DReam to Index scholarships intend to use the funds for either the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC/SCI) virtual conference (scheduled for May 12–14) or for the American Society for Indexing (ASI) virtual conference (scheduled for April 29–30).  

In 2018, the Friends of Dave established a fund to honor David K. Ream who passed away at the end of 2017.  Dave, who was well known throughout the indexing communities of the world, provided computer-programming, database construction, and typesetting to indexers and abstractors for more than 30 years. Dave gave so much to the field of indexing and was especially interested in helping indexers succeed in their work.  That is why we have chosen to honor him by recognizing new people coming to the field and helping them on their indexing journey.

Thank you to all of the contestants who applied for the 2022 scholarship. Friends of Dave wish much success to them all in their future indexing careers.

The recipients of future DReam to Index scholarships can apply the funds to national conferences of the American Society for Indexing, Society of Indexers, Indexing Society of Canada, Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers, or Association of South African Indexers and Bibliographers. In 2023, the DReam to Index scholarships will be offered for the final time using the same criteria – for more information about Dave Ream and the scholarships please see www.dreamtoindex.com.

Appel aux candidatures : Prix d’excellence en indexation Ewart-Daveluy 2022 de la SCI/ISC  

Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : mardi le 15 mars 2022

L’appel aux candidatures est lancé ! Il n’a jamais été plus facile de postuler.

  • Vous pouvez tout faire en ligne.
  • Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une copie imprimée – il suffit de nous envoyer un PDF du livre avec l’index ou le PDF reçu de l’éditeur et votre index en format Word/RTF.
  • Les frais de candidature sont de 30 $ seulement.
  • Nous offrons une rétroaction à trois des finalistes, de la part d’indexeurs expérimentés.
  • Les critères d’admissibilité ont changé cette année.

Les indexeurs de nationalité canadienne ou résidant au Canada peuvent soumettre un index. Si vous n’êtes pas citoyen(ne) ou résident(e) canadien(ne) vous pouvez le faire si vous étiez membre de la SCI/ISC au moment ou vous avez réalisé l’index.

Aucune restriction n’est imposée en matière de sujets ou de genres : nous évaluerons les index de toutes sortes de livres, que ce soient des livres de cuisine, des guides, des autobiographies, des livres d’art, des guides pratiques, des livres de voyage… c’est votre index qui nous intéresse.

Montrez-nous comment vous avez surmonté les défis avec créativité et créé un guide exceptionnel, bien structuré, convivial, clair et détaillé pour tous les utilisateurs.

Donnez-nous un défi à relever. Vous n’avez rien à perdre et tout à gagner. Vous gagnerez peut-être le prix (ce qui ne sera pas possible si vous ne posez pas votre candidature). Et même si vous ne gagnez pas, vous recevrez très probablement la rétroaction confidentielle d’indexeurs expérimentés. Cela en vaut la peine.

Vous pourrez, cette année, soumettre l’index d’un livre qui a été publié en 2020 ouen 2021.

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est le 15 mars 2022. Veuillez visiter le site web de la SCI/ISC pour prendre connaissance des lignes directrices et des critères et accéder aux formulaires de candidature.

Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2022 ISC/SCI Annual Conference « Past Perfect, Future Progressive » is now open.

The virtual conference is taking place May 13-14, 2022, with an optional Fireside Chat for new indexers on May 12.

Take advantage of these early bird rates:

  • Members (including ASI, ANSZI, SI, all other affiliates and Editors Canada): $100
  • Non-members: $140
  • Special rate for eligible full-time students: $40
  • Optional Fireside Chat for new indexers: $10

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

The conference speakers are covering a variety of topics to help you improve your indexing practice, make your business thrive, and expand your knowledge of issues pertinent to our industry. Visit the conference page for details and registration.

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet up with old friends and chat with new ones.

Register now before Early Bird pricing ends April 30.

ASI Webinar: Using Tablets for Marking Up with Joan Shapiro

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
10 am Pacific; 11 am Mountain; 12 pm Central; 1 pm Eastern

Joan will demonstrate her method for using a tablet to mark up PDFs for back-of-the-book indexing. She will demonstrate using an Apple iPad and Windows PC, but will also provide information about using alternate types of hardware. If you mark up pages of the books you index, this is a great technique to save on printing costs and to make your indexing practice more portable for traveling.

Participants will:

  1. Learn indexing mark-up technique using tablets
  2. Discover how to make indexing portable to enable traveling
  3. Understand when marking up on a tablet makes sense

Joan Shapiro has been indexing for more than 20 years, working with a wide range of subject matter for trade and scholarly books. Joan holds a bachelor degree in mass communication and a master of library science. She is a former ASI board member and former New England-ASI chapter president.

If you are a member of ISC/SCI, you can receive the member discount using the coupon code on the Member Benefits page.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.asindexing.org/webinars/tablets-shapiro/

Appel aux candidatures: Prix d’excellence en indexation Ewart-Daveluy 2022 de la SCI/ISC

L’appel aux candidatures est lancé ! Il n’a jamais été plus facile de postuler.  

  • Vous pouvez tout faire en ligne.
  • Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une copie imprimée – il suffit de nous envoyer un PDF du livre avec l’index ou le PDF reçu de l’éditeur et votre index en format Word/RTF.
  • Les frais de candidature sont de 30 $ seulement.
  • Nous offrons une rétroaction aux trois finalistes, de la part d’indexeurs expérimentés.

Aucune restriction n’est imposée en matière de sujets ou de genres : nous évaluerons les index de toutes sortes de livres, que ce soient des livres de cuisine, des guides, des autobiographies, des livres d’art, des guides pratiques, des livres de voyage… c’est votre index qui nous intéresse.

Montrez-nous comment vous avez surmonté les défis avec créativité et créé un guide exceptionnel, bien structuré, convivial, clair et détaillé pour tous les utilisateurs.

Donnez-nous un défi à relever. Vous n’avez rien à perdre et tout à gagner. Vous gagnerez peut-être le prix (ce qui ne sera pas possible si vous ne posez pas votre candidature). Et même si vous ne gagnez pas, vous recevrez très probablement la rétroaction confidentielle d’indexeurs expérimentés. Cela en vaut la peine.

Vous pourrez, cette année, soumettre l’index d’un livre qui a été publié en 2020 ouen 2021. C’est le moment idéal pour vous lancer, si vous êtes canadien(ne) ou résident(e) permanent(e). Si vous n’êtes pas citoyen(ne) ou résident(e) canadien(ne), vous pouvez soumettre un index si vous étiez membre de la SCI au moment où vous l’avez réalisé.

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est le 15 mars 2022. Veuillez visiter pour prendre connaissance des lignes directrices et des critères et accéder aux formulaires de candidature.