Experience Counts

As an indexer, I trained with the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies, receiving a two-year certificate in the editing program. I am certified by the Institute of Certified Indexers as a highly qualified indexer.

As a taxonomist, I gained experience as an information architect with Argus Associates, learning from two of the founders of the IA field: Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville.

I have edited, co-edited, and co-authored dozens of articles and books in the fields of indexing and controlled vocabularies (taxonomies). I regularly present at local and national indexing conferences on such topics as index structure and taxonomy methodologies.

As a member of the American Society for Indexing since 1996, I have served both as a member of the board of directors, and as president (two terms).


Book Indexing

I have been creating back-of-book, website, and document indexes for over twenty years. I provide accurate indexes in a timely manner and styled as requested. My clients include both scholarly and trade publishers in a wide variety of fields:

  • Accounting guidelines
  • American history and culture
  • Biographies
  • Comparative religion
  • Cookbooks
  • Corporate reports
  • East Asian politics, history, culture, and literature
  • International relations
  • Liberal studies
  • LGBTQ studies
  • Literature and literary history
  • Medical texts for general audiences
  • Music and music history
  • Philosophy
  • Style manuals
  • Technical manuals

My clients include:

Beacon Press

Georgetown University Press
Oxford University Press

For additional details of my indexing experience, view my resume.
You can find my contact information below.

Taxonomy Design

Whether you need a taxonomy (controlled vocabulary) for tagging corporate content in a content management system or need to create a product hierarchy for browsing on a retail website, I provide the experience you need.

I have created taxonomies for such organizations and companies as:

  • Paula's Choice Skincare
  • Salesforce
  • (International Gaming Technologies)
  • Family Wealth Library
  • Disney Studios
  • Scripps Newspapers
  • Harpo Productions (
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Dow Corning
  • Hewlett-Packard

For additional details of my taxonomy experience, view my resume.
You can find my contact information below.

Contact Me


Fred Leise
1128 W. Columbia Ave.
Chicago, IL  60626