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Beacon by the Bay: ASI 2017 Annual Conference ~ Portland, Maine ~ June 15-17

May 16, 2017

The American Society for Indexing (ASI) will hold its annual conference in Portland, Maine next month, from June 15-17, 2017. See the “quick click” guide below for details on registration and accommodations.

The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in downtown Portland, in a setting along the shores of Casco Bay, capturing the beauty and culture of the city.

Your “quick click” conference guide:

The ASI 2017 Annual Conference will feature keynote speaker Mary Norris, who worked at The New Yorker as part of the editorial staff, in addition to work as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. She is the author of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

To begin the conference, Sylvia Coates presents a daylong session: Art of Indexing, Learning, and Refining. Ms. Coates takes an “all you ever wanted to know about indexing and working as a professional indexer” approach to provide attendees with a broad overview of the field. The course is appropriate for those who want to explore indexing as a career, current students, and recent graduates of indexing courses, as well as working indexers seeking a refresher to kick-start their career. This course is perfect for technical writing students.

ASI Logo- LargeThere will be an array of sessions for all indexing skill levels, including editing using structure and term selection, taxonomies and thesauri in action, working with production departments, a roundtable on indexing specialties, creating and maintaining accessibility with metadata, reusing an existing index, conversion options and techniques, indexing military history, and fitting indexes to the pages. Panel discussions include indexing outside the box, usability analysis, and a session with publishers.

Workshops also focus on building your business and marketing, such as marketing for introverts, successful blogging and content creation, developing your online presence, thriving in your freelance career, going beyond book indexing with your business, and a session focused on managing your time and earnings. Workshops also focus on current indexing software tools such as XML, Cindex, Macrex, SKY Index Pro and Index Manager.

In addition to the sessions, there will be plenty of networking opportunities, two receptions, and an awards banquet. Come join ASI in beautiful Portland, Maine, for the art and craft of indexing! Click here to register for the conference!


The Holiday Inn by the Bay in beautiful downtown Portland, Maine

Meeting Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101. Make Your Room Reservations Now!

ASI has obtained an attractive room rate of $149 at this hotel with spectacular waterfront views of Casco Bay that extends to the Calendar Islands. Click here and be sure to refer to the ASI 2017 Annual Conference to secure the group rate.

Set along the beautiful shores of Casco Bay, the location of the Holiday Inn by the Bay combines convenience, entertainment, and beauty to create the perfect environment for every traveler. The hotel’s setting fully captures the beauty and culture of Portland, Maine.

On a personal note, I’ll be making the trip a couple days early in an effort to be “present and accounted fer” (an inside TDX joke) the ASI board meeting the day before the conference, minus any unforeseen flight drama. Travel is a day-long event each way from the West Coast, so I had to plan accordingly. With the additional time I’ve built into my schedule, it works out to where I’ll have some time outside of the conference to explore this enchanting New England port city, which I’ve always wanted to visit. I’m looking forward to the setting of a new East Coast experience creating a perfect backdrop to an engaging conference!

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