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Who I am and what qualifies me to create an index for you




My experience and nature equip me to be a top-notch indexer. I can:

Organize information efficiently and effectively

Maintain meticulous attention to detail on long projects

Establish and maintain productive working relationships

Maintain calm in the midst of time constraints and other calamities

Anticipate how users will look up information

Comprehend texts thoroughly and insightfully

And, I am endlessly curious.


Education and Training

            Indexing Theory & Application, University of California at Berkeley

            Indexing courses from Kari Kells, Index West

   American Society for Indexing Conferences and Webinars

   Embedded Indexing Workshop with Kevin Broccoli

            Master of Library Science, Emporia State University, Phi Kappa Phi

            Master of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies: Teaching, University of Oregon

            Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, University of Oregon, Phi Beta Kappa



  Indexer/Owner. Cascade Indexing

Create back-of-the-book indexes that represent the book’s contents comprehensively and accurately and make this content readily accessible to readers.


  Teacher-Librarian. Eugene School District, Eugene, Oregon.

Collaborated with teachers to incorporate information literacy skills into a wide range of curriculum-related projects.

Maintained a vibrant and relevant collection of print books.

Established a digital library of eBooks and databases and managed all aspects of student access to these resources.

Fostered the positive use of technology in the curriculum.

Created dynamic programs and presentations to promote literacy and information literacy.


            Instructor. Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.

Met the needs of a diverse student population while teaching courses in Effective Learning, Writing, and English Grammar.


            English as a Second Language Tutor. Springfield School District, Springfield, Oregon.

Designed English instruction to complement the academic and social needs of students of varying ages from a diversity of language groups.             


            English and Journalism Teacher. Creswell School District, Creswell, Oregon.

Developed curriculum for courses in American Literature, Vocational English, and Journalism.


            Computer Lab Coordinator. Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.

Supervised campus use of the computer lab, assisting students with a wide variety of programming languages and application programs.


   English as a Second Language Instructor. American English Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Taught English to adults from a wide variety of cultural and language groups.


Published Articles on Indexing

            "A First Index: Elation, Anguish, and Reflection," Key Words, Summer 2017
            "Kevin Broccoli's Embedded Indexing Workshop" (review)," Key Words
, Summer 2017


Professional Organizations and Service

            American Society for Indexing
                  Co-webmaster of Digital Publications Indexing Special Interest Group

            American Society for Indexing, Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNW)
                  2017 - current: Programming Chair

Co-webmaster of PNW website

What else?

            I love living in the Pacific Northwest, close to the beach and the mountains.

            I love all kinds of music but am especially partial to the blues and jazz.

            The Daily Jumble is my favorite part of the newspaper.

            My husband and I make three different stuffings (including vegan and gluten-free)
                during the holidays for our diverse and well-blended family.

            I have never been bored and cannot imagine how anyone could possibly be bored.

   See also Wow!



Cascade Indexing is the realization of an ambition that I’ve held since my introduction to indexing eighteen years ago. Then, during my work for a Master of Library Science, I felt that I had found a long-lost home when I took a class in indexing. My plans for starting my own business had to wait as my career as a teacher-librarian (another passion) ran its course. Now that I’m retired from 35 years of connecting people and information through education, I’m eager to connect people and information through indexing. Contact me about doing your next index!

Sam Arnold-Boyd

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