According to Sheldon Kotzin, NLM's chief of bibliographic services, Medical Text Indexer
does not reduce the need for qualified, skilled indexing staff, but eliminates some of the routine work and frees staff to do things that the computer can't.
Byatt, well-known for her literary portrayal of the research process (and who herself is listed in the "indexers
in fiction" section, for her superb creation of that indexer
as obstructionist, Beatrice Nest in Possession), who begins, "It takes time and experience to become one of those who, choosing books in a bookshop, or from the shelves of a library, learn to turn first to the index." This witty and entertaining book will delight those interested in the history of the book, all who have ever tried to index their own work, and of course, professional indexers
, who probably have their own personal scrapbook of the best and the most horrific in their field.
I had the pleasure of meeting Pat Booth when I attended the Society of Indexers
1999 annual conference in Tynemouth, UK.
When he showed up in the groove, he had a decent start, called the ball and indicated that he had no indexers
. I rogered his ball call, repeating that he had no indexers
and added "full stop." Our students were instructed to acknowledge these instructions by saying "with the gear." He did so.
Because of the inconsistent content and writing styles of this book's contributing authors, aspiring indexers
or freelance writers would be better served by reading any of several other books on freelancing, publishing, or business management.
The social context here includes the conventions that allow indexers
and searchers to learn common terminology, the natural and synthetic ontologies for image description.
The first melt indexers
to be introduced in the U.S.
Although he is primarily a RoboHELP trainer and not an indexer
, he has delved deeply into not only the general principles of indexing but the specifics of indexing with RoboHELP.
CINDI provides assistance comparable to the expert cataloger or indexer
for the author, addressing the shortcomings of many current search engines via better metadata description.
It was prepared by Nancy Mulvany, one of the foremost authorities on indexing (she literally wrote the book on indexing: Indexing hooks [University of Chicago Press, 1994], reviewed in the November 1994 issue of Technical communication) and a past president of the American Society of Indexers
. Mulvany admittedly broke the prime directive of indexing (that indexes should be neutral in tone and not reflect the opinions of the indexer
) but in doing so created an index that works not only as a vehicle for locating information, but also as an enjoyable read in its own right.
What makes a good indexer
? According to the Clevelands: "Indexers
are often loners and feel comfortable working alone....
In Chapter 1, Jan Wright provides a good primer for novices and identifies several challenges freelance indexers
face when creating embedded indexes for publishers and corporate clients.