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Chicago/Great Lakes Fall Workshop:
Index Structure, Textbooks, Peer Review

Saturday, October 21, 2017
in Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park neighborhood
2650 N. Lakeview Ave., 44th Floor, Chicago, IL  60614

Join us for a full-day program, including a 2-hour session on index structure by Fred Leise, a textbooks indexing presentation led by Leoni McVey, and a peer index review session led by Fred Leise, Caryl Wenzel, and Leoni McVey.
The workshop will be followed by an informal (Dutch treat) dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Additional details, including schedule, transportation options, and registration costs are available on our PDF brochure.
Space is limited, so make your reservation now!
If you have any questions, please email: chicagogreatlakes@asindexing.org

Past Events

Chicago/Great Lakes Lunch Chat

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Hay Caramba
122 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847-518-0747

The Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter sponsored an informal lunch chat at Hay Caramba in Park Ridge.

We discussed options for our fall workshop, and thank everyone for their input.
 

Chicago/Great Lakes Lunch Chat

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Hay Caramba
122 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847-518-0747

The Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter sponsored an informal lunch chat on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Hay Caramba in Park Ridge.

Our discussion focused on textbook indexing, the upcoming ASI annual conference in Chicago in June, future activities of the Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter, and interests and needs of new and experienced indexers.


Chicago/Great Lakes Lunch Chat

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Hay Caramba
122 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847-518-0747

The Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter sponsored an informal lunch chat on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Hay Caramba in Park Ridge.

Our theme was textbook indexing and the ways in which textbook indexes differ from other types of back-of-the-book indexes.

Hay Caramba is easily reached by Metra Northwest, CTA el and bus, and car. Free street parking is available, and a parking lot is across the Metra tracks next to the nearby Park Ridge Library.

A map of the general area is available here.


Chicago/Great Lakes Fall 2015 Workshops

Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare
2930 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60068

 

The chapter hosted one speaker with two full-day programs. Enid L. Zafran offered presentations on indexing narratives and biographies on Friday and the secrets of a successful indexing career on Saturday.

Friday’s program explored how to follow and index a personal story with all the variants that can make the process difficult to comprehend, such as multiple personalities, roles/titles, and interactions among numerous people. Enid will lead us through the sometimes complicated process of creating a usable index from a mass of information.

Saturday’s program was an opportunity to learn from a master indexer. Enid addressed both the business of indexing and the methodology of indexing. Running an indexing business involves numerous tasks (beyond creating the actual index) and documents (beyond the pages to be indexed), and all of these must be appropriately managed.

Click here to download the complete workshop brochure, which includes the registration form.

Chicago/Great Lakes Lunch Chat

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Hay Caramba
122 S. Prospect Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60068
847-518-0747

The Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society for Indexing sponsored an informal lunch chat on Saturday, January 17, with Diana Schneidman, author of Real Skills, Real Income: A Proven Marketing System to Land Well-Paid Freelance and Consulting Work in 30 Days or Less, which is available at Amazon.com.

The lunch chat will begin at 11:30, and each attendee is responsible for his or her lunch cost. Hay Caramba is easily reached by Metra Northwest, CTA el and bus, and car. Street parking is available, and a parking lot is across the Metra tracks next to the nearby Park Ridge Library.


Fall 2014 Workshops

October 24 and 25, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare
2930 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL


The complete workshop brochure can be found here.

Our speakers—Kate Mertes and Margie Towery—had great programs planned to improve your indexing persona in terms of operating your indexing business and writing exceptional indexes.

Kate's program, “Don’t be a Hermit: An Indexer’s Guide to Working with Clients,”  explored the nuances of client relationships. Who is your client? What tips and tricks can you use to improve working relationships? You will gain valuable insights from a veteran indexer who has encountered many different kinds of clients.

“Evaluating Indexes: A Fresh Perspective for Indexers” is an opportunity to honestly critique your indexing prowess. What makes a good index? How is editing an index different from evaluating an index? Margie led us through the process of examining indexes.


Summer Lunch Chat

Panera Bread
1700 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL

July 12, 2014, 1:15 p.m.

We discussed the recent national conference and heard some attendee experiences. We also had a general discussion on indexing techniques and talked about our fall workshop plans.

An Evanston map is available here.


Spring Lunch Chat

March 22, 2014, 12:00 noon
Hay Caramba
122 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois

The general theme of this lunch chat was the changing industry of indexing and the opportunities for new indexers in a changing business, but all indexing-related topics are welcome. We hope to discuss the following:

  • What changes are you noticing in your business?
  • Have e-books played a role in your marketing?
  • What is your impression of the debate between indexing and search?
  • What do you envision the future of indexing will be like?
  • What indexing practices will most influence the future?
  • What do you want from your indexing career?

Hay Caramba, a delightful Mexican restaurant (see http://haycaramba.com/ for the menu) is located in downtown Park Ridge, less than one block from the Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line train station (just across the tracks, to the south), one block from the public library, and less than one block to a CTA bus stop.

A general map of the area can be found here. Please contact Leoni McVey (leoni@mcveyandassociates.com, 847-476-7300) for any transportation questions.


Fall 2013 Workshop

Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 2013
Hilton Garden Inn, Des Plaines, IL

On Friday, November 8, Fred Leise offered two half-day presentations, one on creating successful subheadings and one on avoiding common indexing mistakes.

On Saturday, November 9, Kay Schlembach presented a half-day discussion entitled Metatopic Menace (managing the metatopic) and a half-day program on marketing.

These workshops will help you prepare excellent indexes and develop your business.

A comprehensive brochure with registration form is now available.


Spring 2013 Luncheon Chat: Marketing

Saturday, April 13, 2013
11:30 a.m.

An informal lunch chat on the general topic of marketing was held at Geppetto’s in Oak Park, Illinois. (Other topics are also welcome.)

Marketing: It’s something we all should do every day—but do we? What are the best tactics? Is there a best tactic? Do all tactics work for all people? What tactics have worked for you?

Come and learn what your colleagues in the Chicago area are doing to improve their networking and marketing prowess.

Geppetto’s (http://geppettospizzapasta.com/) is located at 113 N. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois, a near-west suburb of Chicago.

Your lunch is the only cost for this event.


2012 Fall Workshops

Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare
2930 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL

Frances S. Lennie, former ASI president and Hines Award recipient, and David K. Ream, president and chief publishers consultant for Leverage Technologies, joined us for a series of workshops on:

  • various aspects of CINDEX
  • the visual appeal of indexes
  • a report on ASI's Digital Trends Task Force
  • converting legacy print indexes for eBooks

Download the event brochure for complete schedule, session details, speaker bios and registration form.


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