Angie Hipkin, BA DipLib
Membership Grade: Advanced Professional Member
Indexing is my current career and I am available to index full-time and year-round. My belief is that a quality index is an essential information retrieval tool that improves the appeal and saleability of a book or journal. The same follows for embedded indexes in e-publications. I have trained through the Society of Indexers and use British Standards on indexing.
I have indexed many subjects (those below are particular specialisms but by no means a limitation) across the whole range of readership levels. I have been commissioned by a wide variety of publishers and contributed to a number of award-winning projects.
My indexing experience in this field encompasses many aspects of the scientific study of animals and plants. I specialise in botany and ornithology (see below) but welcome commissions on all natural history subjects.
Commissions have involved indexing on flowers, fungi and trees, economic plants and botanical art. Recent work includes indexing The Bauers: Joseph, Franz & Ferdinand by Hans Walter Lack, published by Prestel. This title received the International Association of Plant Taxonomists’ Stafleu medal for 2016.
Apart from field guides, I have also indexed local and international species studies, directories of birding sites, conservation status studies and species atlases for a range of publishers. In 2014, I indexed the highly-acclaimed The World of Birds by Jonathan Elphick for the Natural History Museum.
During the time I have been indexing, exciting new technologies have extended knowledge of geological time further back and fresh fossil discoveries are being made all the time, especially in the field of human evolution. In 2017, I indexed Our Human Story by Louise Humphrey and Chris Stringer for the Natural History Museum.
Many subjects overlap in historical studies and make for challenging indexing. One such project, combining historical biography with politics and voyages of scientific discovery, was compiling a series of six indexes over three years to the letters of Sir Joseph Banks for the volumes of The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820, edited by Neil Chambers, published by Pickering and Chatto.
The study of human societies and cultures is a varied and fascinating area to index. Everything from the populist Gothic: the Evolution of a Dark Subculture indexed for Carlton in 2014 to the academic Built in Niugini: Constructions in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea by Paul Sillitoe, published by Sean Kingston Publishing for a new Royal Anthropological Institute series, indexed in 2017.
Environmentalism, human rights and politics are my specialisms. Recent index commissions include Rainbow Warriors by Maite Mompo of Greenpeace, and Vijah Mehta’s Peace Beyond Borders, both published by the New Internationalist.
Creativity is the attraction to books on these subjects. One particularly memorable commission was Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary by Judith Watt, published by Carlton.
Commissions have included Vivian Tuffney’s Nettle Cookbook:Recipes for Foragers and Foodies, Union Hand-roasted Coffee’s Real Fresh Coffee and Oz Clarke’s World of Wine: Wines Grapes Vineyards, the latter two published by Pavilion Books in 2016.
Knowledge of geography and place names has not only been relevant to most subjects indexed, it has also brought me to map indexing. As well as ‘ordinary’ atlases, commissions in this area have included indexes for children’s atlases, such as those published by Quarto, revealing how the next generation of children will view the world.
Recent indexes include
St David’s Peninsula, Bobby & Co., 2017
The Planet Factory, Bloomsbury Sigma, 2017
Natural History Museum
Pickering & Chatto
Sean Kingston Publishing
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