Only 8 seats remain for East Coast Regional Conference Nov. 11-12, 2016

A big thanks to everyone who has already signed up for the ASI East Coast Regional Meeting. We are thrilled that so many indexers have taken advantage of our larger meeting space and will be gathering together on November 11 -12, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. We have just 8 seats still available at the meeting. Don’t miss your chance to attend this 2-day educational event in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district. Contact Julie Cursi or Enid Zafrin to reserve your seat.

If you are staying in town for the meeting, Philadelphia offers a lot to do. The Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Winter Beer Garden begins November 10th and continues till December 31, 2016. Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill the square – and it’s free. The Electrical Spectacle light show features 50,000 twinkling lights and dynamic holiday soundtrack. The shops at The Bourse, across from the Liberty Bell Center, are in a 105-year-old Victorian building and house a food court and specialty shops. Downtown, the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens on Nov. 11 and offers ice skating right beneath City Hall. The park also offers a popup maze-meets-garden exhibit with seasonal shrubbery and decorations. Over at the Pennsylvania Convention Center you can see the 40th anniversary Philadelphia Museum of Art contemporary craft show. The juried art show offers 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the country. In the Old City on November 12, you can enjoy the Craft Beer and Restaurant Stroll. Ten bars and restaurants are offering drink and food samplings. Tickets available online.

MSA Scholarship Winner Announced

The Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Indexing is pleased to announce the award of a $500 scholarship to attend the ASI East Coast Regional Meeting.  The meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA on November 11 – 12, 2016.  Please join us in congratulating Lori Holtzinger. Lori has been a freelance book and journal indexer since 2008. Lori’s niece introduced her to the idea of indexing and she completed her training through the USDA, with Kari Kells as her mentor. Lori works full time as an Occupational Therapist with special needs children in the school system, so her freelance business, Zinger Indexing, is truly moonlighting. She has indexed books in the areas of psychology, social work, nursing and allied health, talent development, and local history. A Pennsylvania native, Lori now resides in southern Delaware with her husband, Joe, and her feline administrative assistant, Betty. She has a lifelong love of learning and of organizing things, so indexing is also an avocation.  Lori can be contacted at

Call for nominations

It’s nomination time! I’m looking for nominations (or volunteers) for our upcoming chapter elections. Our profession is a service industry — not just in the nature of the work we provide, but also the nature of our interaction with each other. I am confident each of us has received help to fellow indexers over the course of our careers, and working on behalf of the chapter is a way to give a little back.

Elections will be held in June, with the terms of office beginning July 1. The two offices open are Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer. Chair-Elect has a term of one year, while Secretary-Treasurer is a combined position with a term of 3 years.
I hope you’ll consider volunteering to serve MSA. We’re a fortunate chapter with a wealth of talent, and can be a wonderful resource for your career. The current Chair-Elect is Judy McConville, who will be stepping into the Chair position in July and has some exciting ideas for leading the chapter.
The current Secretary is Estalita Slivoskey and the current Treasurer is Kay Schlembach. These two positions will be combined from this election forward, as approved by the membership in last spring’s ballot.
Please email me at or if you are interested in volunteering, or if you have a nomination to pass along. This is an excellent opportunity for newer indexers to become involved in the community and make lasting connections!
The officer duties are:
  • The Chair-Elect shall perform the following duties: 
  • Preside, in the absence of the Chair, at all meetings of the Chapter, the Executive Committee, and Board of Directors.
  • Become Chair for the unexpired term in case of death, resignation or incapacity of the Chair.
  • Serve in such capacities as assigned by the Chair. 
  • The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform the following duties:
  • Take and record accurate minutes of the proceedings of all meetings of the Chapter, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors.
  • Preserve in a permanent file all records and letters of value to the Chapter and its officers.
  • Send out a ballot or notification of electronic ballot for annual election of officers.
  • Have charge of all monies of the Chapter and report thereon at all meetings.
  • Apply for and receive the per member allotment of the local Chapter from the Treasurer of ASI for activities on the local level.
  • Upon written or electronic authorization by the Chair, request payment of bills by ASI or its representative from Chapter funds.
  • Keep an itemized record, in a permanent file, of all receipts and expenditures.
  • Deliver, within 2 weeks after expiration of term of office, all books, records, and papers to the newly elected Secretary-Treasurer, requesting a receipt thereof. 
The full description of the positions can be found in the current bylaws, here:

Networking Luncheon

Please join the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter of ASI for a networking luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA

We’ll be getting together at the Sonoma Grille at 947 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Situated in the cultural district and next door to the Marriot Courtyard Hotel, the Sonoma is a West Coast kitchen and wine bar. This is an informal lunch without a set agenda. Each attendee is responsible for his or her lunch cost. Several events and meetings are happening in Pittsburgh that weekend, so you might want to extend your stay in the city. The American Copy Editors are holding their annual meeting at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and the Society for Applied Anthropology is meeting at the Omni William Penn. For those interested in fiber arts, the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival is happening around the corner from the restaurant at the Westin Convention Center and the Three Rivers Quilters are holding their annual show at the Circuit Center on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

The Sonoma Grille is located 0.2 miles from the Amtrak, Greyhound and Port Authority light rail subway stations. Valet parking is available and public parking garages are nearby.

Please contact Judy McConville at or 724-813-0693 with questions and to reserve your spot.


Welcome to the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society for Indexing

We welcome indexers from District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.