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WORKSHOPS and SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • "The State of Medical Indexing" panel presentation, ASI (American Society for Indexing) East Coast Regional Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 November, 2016.

  • "Indexing in Foreign Languages" panel presentation, ASI (American Society for Indexing) East Coast Regional Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 11 November, 2016.

  • "The Added Value of Linked Indexes and Notes in e-Books," Frankfurt International Indexing Conference, Frankfurt Book Fair, 20 October, 2016.

  • "Enter the Matrix: eBook Indexing" workshop presentation with Glenda Browne, Michele Combs, David K. Ream, and Jan Wright (the Matrix Group, Int'l), joint 2016 ASI (American Society for Indexing) - ISC/SCI (Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d’indexation) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 15-18 June, 2016.

  • "Mentoring and Being Mentored" panel presentation with Enid Zafran, Frances Lennie, and Leoni McVey, joint 2016 ASI (American Society for Indexing) - ISC/SCI (Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d’indexation) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 15-18 June, 2016.

  • "Matrix Revolutions: eBook Indexing" workshop presentation, eBookcraft 2016, Toronto, Canada, 30-31 March, 2016. (Slides are available on Slideshare.)

  • "Matrix Revolutions: Indexing for EPUB ebooks" plenary presentation with Glenda Browne, British SfEP/SI (Society for Editors and Proofreaders / Society for Indexers) joint conference, 5 September 2015, York, England. (Slides are available on Slideshare.)

  • "Books on Indexing: Reviewing the Old and Meeting the New" panel presentation with Janet Perlman, Nan Badgett, and Margie Towery, American Society for Indexing 2015 Conference, 1 May 2015, Seattle, Washington.

  • "DTTF Update" panel presentation with Michele Coombs and Dave Ream, American Society for Indexing 2015 Conference, 1 May 2015, Seattle, Washington.

  • "DTTF Update" plenary session panel presentation with Dave Ream, Michele Coombs, and Sheila Ryan, American Society for Indexing 2014 Conference, 2 May 2014, Charleston, South Carolina.
    Left to right, Dave Ream, Michel Coombs, Pilar Wyman, and Sheila Ryan.

  • "The Matrix Reloaded: Indexing for Embedded and ePubs" workshop presentation, American Society for Indexing 2014 conference, 2 May 2014, Charleston, South Carolina.

    "Thank you for putting together such a detailed class. I admit, I am still a bit confused by the whole subject, but I left knowing much more than I expected to in just a few hours! Thanks again!
  • "Indexes for Apps" Peer Showcase presentation, WritersUA West conference, 6 March 2014, Palm Springs, California.

  • "The Matrix Reloaded, Reloaded: Indexing for Embedded and ePubs" presentation, Mid- and South-Atlantic chapter of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) meeting, 9 November 2013, Richmond, Virginia.

  • "Indexes for eBooks: Current status and future directions" presentation, Netherlands Indexing Network (NIN) meeting, 4 October 2013, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

  • "Metadata, Marketing, and More: Indexes as Discovery Tools" plenary session presentation, Indexing Society of Canada / Société Canadienne d'Indexation Annual Conference, 7–9 June 2013, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • "DTTF Update" plenary session panel presentation with Jan Wright and Dave Ream, American Society for Indexing 2013 Conference, 17–19 April 2013, San Antonio, Texas.

  • "Coordinating Style Sheets with Your Clients" panel presentation with Terry Casey, Stephen Ingle, Paul Sweum, and Carolyn Weaver, American Society for Indexing 2013 Conference, 17–19 April 2013, San Antonio, Texas.

  • "Indexing for Apps" presentation with Corey Pressman, American Society for Indexing 2013 Conference, 17–19 April 2013, San Antonio, Texas. (See also "Conference Report: Indexing for Apps" by Lisa DeBoer, Key Words Vol. 21, No. 8: 125-126)

  • "Digital Trends Task Force Update" panel presentation with Jan Wright and and Dave Ream, 2013 ANZSI (Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexing) Conference, 13–15 March 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.

    The highlight of the week was hearing Jan, David Ream and Pilar Wyman describe their proactive work with software designers and device manufacturers to ensure that indexes are not only fixed into the equation but also coming out from the backs of books to become critical marketing tools.
    --Carol Dawber, "ANZSI Conference 2013," The Indexer, Vol. 31 No. 2 June 2013: 77
  • "International Reports" panel presentation with Mary Russell, Heather Ebbs, and Takashi Matsuura, 2013 ANZSI (Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexing) Conference, 13–15 March 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • "Running an Index Business" panel presentation with Heather Ebbs and Mary Coe, 2013 ANZSI (Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexing) Conference, 13–15 March 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • "Mashups, Models, and Monetization: Making your indexes go all the way," Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) 2013, 12-14 February 2013, New York, NY. Slides available here.

    "@pilarw Loved your talk at #toccon. Thanks for schooling us on ebook indexes. :-)"
    "@pilarw Well done -- thanks."
  • "Adding Value with Metadata: Open up the Index" O'Reilly Webcast presentation, 9 November, 2012. Video available here.

    "Thanks @pilarw for the excellent webcast on 'Adding Value with Metadata'. See hashtags #toccon #indexing for related tweets."
    "Great webcast by @pilarw on 'Adding Value with Metadata'. See hashtags #toccon #indexing for related tweets and discussion."
    "Great job, @pilarw on your Metadata and #indexing webcast!"
  • "Indexing e-Books: Current status, Recommendations, and Future directions." Deutsches Netzwerk der Indexer/German Network of Indexers (DNI) Fall meeting, Frankfurt, Germany, 11 October, 2012; American Society for Indexing (ASI) Southeast and Mid-and-South Atlantic Chapters Regional Fall Conference, Asheville, NC, 2-3 November, 2012.

  • "The Book as Discovery Tool: E-book Marketing and Monetization via Indexing," Tools of Change Frankfurt Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 9 October, 2012.

  • "Indexing for Hand-held devices / Indexes for Apps" plenary session presentation, Society of Indexers Annual Conference, Brighton, England, 11-13 July, 2012.

  • "Choosing Indexing Projects -- To Take or Not To Take" panel presentation with Janet Perlman, American Society for Indexing (ASI) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April, 2012.

  • "Update on eBooks" panel presentation with Charlee Trantino, Jan Wright, Dave Ream, and Paul Sweum, American Society for Indexing (ASI) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April, 2012.

  • "International indexing luncheon." New South Wales Branch, Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 16 September, 2011.

  • "Marketing, networking and the web" workshop panel discussion with Glenda Browne and Mary Coe. Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Annual Conference, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 12-14 September, 2011.

  • "Indexer's office environments" panel presentation with Max McMaster, Ruth Pincoe, and Maureen MacGlashan. Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Annual Conference, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 12-14 September, 2011.

  • "Indexing Islamic languages" small group discussion. Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Annual Conference, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 12-14 September, 2011.

  • "Marketing, networking and the web" workshop panel discussion with Glenda Browne and Mary Coe. Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Annual Conference, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 12-14 September, 2011.

  • "Spanish Language Indexing" panel presentation with Janet Perlman. American Society for Indexing (ASI) Annual Conference, Providence, RI, April, 2011.

  • "Keeping Your Indexing Business Alive and Well" panel presentation with Janet Perlman. American Society for Indexing (ASI) Annual Conference, Providence, RI, April, 2011.

  • "The Mechanics of Editing: Indexes" guest lecturer, Rosemont College, Bryn Mawr, PA, March, 2011; November 2011.

    "Thank you for your very informative presentation on indexing in our Mechanics of Editing class last week. You really gave the class a thorough understanding."
  • "International Session" panel presentation with Mary Russell (Australia), Ruth Pincoe (Canada), Marleen Burger (South Africa), Jill Halliday (United Kingdom), Caroline Diepeveen (the Netherlands), and Jochen Fassbender (Germany). Society of Indexers (SI) Annual Conference 2010, Middelburg, The Netherlands, 29 September - 1 October 2010.

  • "Indexing Negatives" Knotty Bits presentation. American Society for Indexing (ASI) 41st Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, April 2009.

  • "Reports from partners" panel presentation with John Simkin (Australia), Ruth Pincoe (Canada), Marleen Burger (South Africa), Jill Halliday (United Kingdom), and Caroline Diepeveen (Germany and the Netherlands), moderated by Frances Lennie. Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB) International Conference, Maropeng, South Africa, March 2009.

  • "Quick, Quality Indexing for Environmental, Safety, and Health." Technical Communication Summit, the 55th Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Philadelphia, PA, June, 2008.

  • "Learning from Indexing Disasters" panel presentation with Janet Perlman, Caryl Wenzel, and Jan Wright, moderated by Diana Witt. American Society of Indexers (ASI) 40th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 2008.

  • "Writing Medical Indexes" workshop. American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, October, 2007; Louisville, KY, October 2008; Milwaukee, WI, October 2010.

    "Leader is exceptionally knowledgeable—always clear & fluent, never stumped or a “brush-off.” I thought (going in) that this would be my most boring workshop, but it was QUITE the opposite!"
    "Wow! Outstanding. Thank you so much."
    "Very helpful. Thanks!"
    "Excellent course – really in-depth for the short time span. Very helpful + willing to answer questions."
    "Knows everything!"
    "Excellent workshop!"
    "This workshop was fantastic! The instructor was experienced and knowledgeable and also made this topic extremely interesting! I enjoyed and learned a lot from the in-class exercises and discussion. Many classes of this type just provide a list of "dos and don'ts." With this class, I actually feel confident about evaluating quality of indexes (which was my main objective in taking this course)."
    "Fascinating, informative, really really useful! I learned a tremendous amount and I think it will be highly useful. Thanks so much!!"
    "Great, but lots of info to cover!"
    "I have a whole new respect for indexers! This class is a good start in learning to index well."
    "Wonderful!"
    "Thanks so much for the excellent workshop. I enjoyed it greatly."
  • "Writing Medical Indexes—An Introduction" workshop. American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference "Liberating the Index," Philadelphia, PA, May 2007; American Society of Indexers (ASI) 40th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 2008

    "Pilar's session was great. Direct, useful advice and hands-on exercises that really helped bring her points home."
    "The workshop alone was worth the trip to Denver! I really enjoyed it and felt as if I learned a lot."
    "The medical indexing workshop was excellent. Wyman is a great teacher and the workshop was the perfect mix of theory and hands-on."
  • "The Training in Indexing Course—What is it and How Does it Work?" panel discussion with Frances Lennie, Sandi Frank, and Kay Schlembach, moderated by Janet Perlman. American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference "Liberating the Index," Philadelphia, PA, May 2007.

  • "Writing for ASI" panel discussion with Heather Hedden and Judy Reveal, moderated by Enid Zafran. American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference "Liberating the Index," Philadelphia, PA, May 2007.

  • "Tips for Tagging and Selecting Keywords." Mid-Atlantic BioCommunicators Meeting, Frederick, MD, November 2006.

  • "Writing Indexes -- Last, But Not Least!" workshop. American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 66th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 2006.

    "Pilar Wyman is an excellent instructor."
    "This should be a credit workshop! The instructor was excellent!"
    "This is an excellent workshop! ... Pilar is a natural teacher and a delight."
    "This was a GREAT workshop!"
  • "Perspectives on Getting Started in Indexing" panel discussion with Sue Nedrow and Peggy Ruppel, moderated by Deborah Patton. Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers (DC/ASI), Alexandria, VA, September 2006.

  • "Case Studies in HTML Indexing: Conversion Projects" panel presentation. Joint American Society of Indexers (ASI) -- Indexing and Abstracting Society of Canada (IASC/SCAD) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2006.

  • "Editing Indexes for Ease of Use and Efficiency." Society for Technical Communication (STC) 53rd Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May 2006.

    "Great info. Appreciate the handout with checklist and descriptions."
    "Great real-world examples"
    "Well-organized discussion, responsive to group's queries and specific situations."
  • "How to Edit an Index -- Last, but not Least!" American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 65th Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2005. For a PDF version of the "Benchmarks of Quality Indexes" handout distributed with this presentation, click here. For a PDF version of the "Checklist for Editing Indexes" handout geared to medical writers, click here.

  • "Ask an Indexer" panel discussion. American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Alexandria, VA, May 2004 (with Nan Badgett and Sandi Schroeder); ASI Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, May 2005 (with Anne Leach and Diana Witt); joint ASI - IASC/SCAD Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2006 (with Ruth Pincoe and Noeline Bridge).

  • "Index Evaluation Workshop." Society for Technical Communication (STC) 51st Annual Conference "Navigating the Future of Technical Communication," Baltimore, MD, May 2004.

    "This is an excellent addition -- real feedback on an index from someone who does this professionally. Thanks very much. I got excellent, comprehensive feedback."
  • "USDA Indexing Courses" panel presentation with Kari Kells, Elspeth Pope, and Galen Schroeder. Joint ASI-IASC/SCAD Conference "Northern Entries," Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 2003.
    Left to right, Kari Kells, Elspeth Pope, Pilar Wyman. Photo by Catharyn Martz.

  • "Creating an Index that Says It All! Indexing for Tech Writers." Wordsmith Training Seminars & Workshops, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2003.

    "The best [workshop] I have attended!"
    "More than lived up to my expectations!"
    "I found the course to be extremely instructive, enlightening, educational and useful. I hope to live up to my own expectations of what I learned, and create usable, high-quality indexes."
    "Thanks -- I thoroughly enjoyed the course!"
    "Good hands-on approach."
  • "How to Develop an Index Style Guide." American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 61st Annual Conference, Alexandria, VA, October 2001; Society for Technical Communication (STC) 49th Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, May 2002; American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Galveston, TX, May 2002; Joint ASI-IASC/SCAD Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 2003. For a PDF version of the "Considerations for an Index Style Guide" handout distributed with these presentations, click here.

    "In a polished but relaxed presentation, Ms. Wyman and Ms. Patton reviewed the myriad style decisions that must be made or acknowledged before indexing can proceed: Which editorial style guide will you follow? Which specialty reference resources will you consult? What level of analysis? Indented or run-in? How will you indicate figures or tables? Each possibility was illustrated with a clear example.
    The printed handout of their PowerPoint presentation, along with a checklist, "Considerations for an Index Style Guide," will have a prominent place on my desk as I learn and develop my craft."
    "Dynamic! Exciting! Informative."
    "Extremely useful!"
    "An extremely valuable workshop. Lots of important information for new indexers. Great discussions among experienced indexers about debatable topics, examples, special cases, etc."
    "Excellent. Exactly what I needed."
    "Excellent workshop! I learned a lot more than I expected."
    "A lively and interesting presentation."
    "Well done."
    "Excellent, excellent information."
    "Had to leave early. Would rather have stayed. Wonderful."
    "I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your presentation at ASI last week. I am a relatively new indexer (less than a year) and while I had put together a style checkoff sheet based on the one in the back of Nancy Mulvany's book, your presentation made it clear that I have a lot more things to think about. I really like going to presentations where I learn something -- and I certainly did from yours. Thanks."
  • "Peer Review." American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Galveston, TX, May 2002.

  • "ASI/H.W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Indexing, 2000." American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June 2001.

  • "Wilson Award." Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers, February 2001.

  • "Indexing II." EEI Communications, June-July 2000.

  • "Indexing I." EEI Communications, June-July 2000.

    "Thank you for your excellent instruction and your willingness to answer questions at last week's seminar. You are obviously very knowledgeable but never unapproachable or intimidating, and that is so encouraging to those of us just starting out!"
  • "Indexing Specialties: Medicine." American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 1999, Albuquerque, NM, May 2000.

  • "Editing Indexes." American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, May 1998.

  • "Medical Indexing: Coming to Terms with Tradition and Technology." American Society of Indexers (ASI) Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, May 1998.

    "an excellent overview of controlled vocabularies and print and online resources for medical indexers who face discrepancies in terms such as adrenergic receptors vs. adrenoceptors. ... The workshop included many valuable handouts from the National Library of Medicine as well as bibliographies of resources."
  • "Indexers' Panel," Moderator. Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers 20th Anniversary Celebration, April, 1998.

  • "Indexes." Publishing & Communications program, University of Virginia, June 1997.

  • "Mentoring." Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers, June 1997.

  • "Testing Indexes for Quality and Usability." Society for Technical Communication (STC) 44th Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 1997.

  • "Running the Business." Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers, November, 1996.

  • "How Librarians Use Indexes," Panel Moderator. Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers, June 1996.

  • "Mentor/Trainee/Assistant Relationships." American Society of Indexers (ASI) 28th Annual Conference, Denver, CO, May 1996.

  • "Indexers on the 'Net: The Benefits of Going Online." Washington, DC Chapter, American Society of Indexers, March 1996.

  • "Indexing Education: Working Together." Massachusetts Chapter, American Society of Indexers Fall Conference, October 1995.

    "Occupation: Indexer." Pre-Kindergarten Class, Key School, February 1997.
    Even pre-Kindergarteners value indexes. For this presentation, I used a book I had indexed which I was sure they would appreciate, Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair. We talked about how we might look up how to fix flat tires, among other things. You can see in one inquisitive child's hand sample page proofs, which they were delighted to discover would become another real book some day.




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