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American Society for Indexing

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The New England Chapter is a chapter of the American Society for Indexing, a non-profit association founded in 1968 to promote excellence in indexing and increase awareness of the value of well-written and well-designed indexes. The New England Chapter (originally the Massachusetts chapter) was founded in 1995.

The New England Chapter (NEASI) represents professional indexers from all six New England states. NEASI is a diverse group of highly skilled, well-trained professionals with expertise in a wide range of indexing and information management activities and specialties.

The chapter usually holds two conferences per year on professional development topics such as marketing, business management, indexing specialties, and website design.

Whether you are an indexer, are thinking about becoming an indexer, or are considering hiring an indexer, you will find helpful information here and through contacts with members of the New England Chapter.

Announcing new officers for NEASI!
President: Melissa Swamy; Secretary: Michelle Guiliano; Treasurer: Jennifer Spanier. Many thanks to the outgoing officers, Ceilyn Boyd, Melissa Stearns Hyde, Cynthia Col, and Steve Ingle, for their years of service to NEASI.

NEASI Spring 2014 Meeting
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library
The Public Library of Arlington, Massachusetts
700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
(Directions to Robbins Library)

Thesaurus Creation and Back-of-the Book Indexing Compared
presented by Heather Hedden

Creating a thesaurus (a structured kind of controlled vocabulary or taxonomy used to support indexing and retrieval) in many ways is similar to creating a back-of-the-book index, but there are also subtle yet significant differences that might not be readily apparent. This presentation compares key points, including creating multiple points of entry, forming hierarchical structure, and indicating related topics, with example in all cases. This presentation is based on a poster presentation Heather had given at the American Society for Indexing national conference in Minneapolis in 2010 and a feature article published in April - June 2012 issue of Key Words, the bulletin of the American Society for Indexing. Whether you have experience in book indexing but not in thesauri/taxonomies, or you have experience in creating thesauri/taxonomies but not in book indexing, this presentation will be of interest.

About Heather Hedden
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Cengage Learning, where she has been editing thesauri from 1996 to 2004 and resuming again at the start of 2014. In the intervening 10 years she worked as a taxonomist in various employed and consulting positions and also did freelance back-of-the-book indexing. Heather is a past president of NEASI and a past manager of the ASI Web & Electronic Indexing SIG and the Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG, She teaches an online continuing education workshop on "Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies" through Simmons College Graudate School of Library and Information Sicence. Heather has also spoken at many past NEASI, ASI and other association conferences and is author of The Accidental Taxonomist and Indexing Specialties: Web Sites.

The afternoon session will be an informal discussion of "Trends in Publishing", "How to Survive as an Indexer," and "Indexing for Textbooks"

Schedule of Events

  • 11:00 - 11:15: Registration
  • 11:15 - 11:30: Welcome and Announcements
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Heather Hedden: "Thesaurus Creation and Back-of-the Book Indexing Compared"
  • 12:30 - 1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:30: Informal discussions: "Trends in Publishing", "How to Survive as an Indexer", and "Indexing for Textbooks"
  • 2:30: NEASI Board meeting

This meeting is free of charge.

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Updated: 11 October 2014

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