American Society for Indexing New England and WNY Chapters Fall Meeting

The New England and Western New York chapters of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) announce their fall meeting.

Date and time: Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET
Program: Focus is on collaboration and the business aspects of indexing
Location: The Black Center, 48 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH 03755

The meeting will focus on collaboration and the business aspects of indexing with plenty of time for informal interaction. The schedule is

10:00 AM – Registration
10:15 AM – Welcome and Announcements
10:30 AM – Lisa DeBoer presents One Is The Loneliest Number: Strategies for Collaboration Among Indexers.
11:30 AM – Lunch and informal discussion
12:15 PM – Business of Indexing Panel
1:30 PM – Business Meeting

Lisa DeBoer presents One Is The Loneliest Number: Strategies for Collaboration Among Indexers
Indexing doesn’t have to be a solitary profession. Among the many ways that indexers can work together are participating in e-mail discussion lists and social media, building referral networks, creating long-term mentoring relationships, and getting involved in ASI or other indexing organizations through conferences, chapters, SIGs (special interest groups), or boards. This session will cover tips and tricks for developing and maintaining professional relationships within the indexing community, especially for new indexers. Break out sessions will provide opportunities to take these skills beyond the workshop.

Business of Indexing Panel with Colleen Dunham, Steve Ingle, and Joan ShapiroOur panelists will explore the many ways you can run a successful indexing business. This session will cover getting paid, time management, professional development, subcontracting, file management and security, equipment, and office set up. Questions and audience participation are encouraged. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for years, you’ll get new ideas for your business from this interactive session.

Registration Information
All are welcome. Fees: $25 for ASI Members; $35 for non-members; $15 for students and those enrolled in an indexing course.
Advance Registration Deadline: September 18, 2015
Advance registration includes lunch. At the door pricing is the same but will not include lunch.

Complete the registration form. Information on how to send payment is included on the confirmation page.

About the Speaker and Panelists

Lisa DeBoer started indexing in 2010 after completing the UC Berkeley course on indexing, and has Master’s degrees in Women’s History and Library and Information Science. She is now the owner of DeBoer Indexing (, an associate of Colleen Dunham Indexing (, and the President of the Western New York Chapter of the American Society for Indexing.

Colleen Dunham has indexed more than a million pages in her career. She started in the publishing business in 1970, working 28 years for Thomson-West and later for Microsoft. In 2004, she began Colleen Dunham Indexing. Accused of wearing too much turquoise, Colleen still hopes to live long enough to read the complete works of the Native American Renaissance writers.

Stephen Ingle is the president and CEO of WordCo Indexing Services (, located in Norwich, Connecticut. He created his first index (8 lines) at the age of 10. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in German literature, he went on to earn master’s degrees in German and Russian Area Studies.  In 1988, Steve began freelance indexing part time while also working at the Modern Language Association (MLA) in New York. He began indexing full time in 1991. Steve has served on the national board of the American Society for Indexing. His company now employs a team of indexers and completes about 500 projects annually for a diverse group of clients.  His interests include indexing as a business and indexes for digital publications.

Joan Shapiro has been indexing books for 15 years. In 2014 she earned her Master of Library Science degree and works part-time as a librarian at Southington Public Library in Southington, CT. She graduated from Boston University with a BS in Mass Communication and worked for over a decade as a video producer in a corporate setting. She indexes trade books, college textbooks, and reference books. Some recent projects include culinary arts, communication, business, health, self-help topics, social sciences, law, and history. Joan is also a Past President of the New England Chapter of ASI.

Please contact Michelle Guiliano, NEASI Secretary, at michelle with questions, information on lodging, and directions.