Sharon Laverick

Location: Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Membership Grade: Professional Member

Contact Info

Phone: 07773875009
Mobile: 07773 875009
Email: sjlaverick@gmail.com
Website: www.signpostindexing.com

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General Experience

I am both an  Accredited Indexer and a Chartered Librarian with approximately fourteen years experience in indexing and twenty-four years in libraries and information centres. I have a wide range of experience and subject knowledge through working in a number of different fields including economics, taxation, finance, financial services, government, investment, companies, stockmarkets, property, architecture and the built environment, history, local and family history, art and design.

I began home working as an indexer for a database intermediary company in 2002, and started writing abstracts and indexing terms for a database publishing company in 2005. Having successfully completed the  Society of Indexers course in 2007, I began book indexing in that year and have continued with it ever since.

As a librarian I have worked for Her Majesty’s Treasury and Cabinet Office library, and Fidelity International (investment company). For twelve years I was an Information Manager and then Associate Director for a commercial property agency (Chesterton). For eight years I have been employed on a part-time basis as a Subject Librarian at De Montfort University, with subject specialisms in Architecture, Interior Design and Fashion.

Organisations I have worked for as an indexer include: BDP (Business Database Production), ProQuest, Pearson, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, HMRC, Harriman House, Routledge and Oxford University Press.

My interests include family activities, hill-walking, local and family history.

 

Subjects

Business

I developed a good knowledge of the business world though my employment within both an investment company and a property company.

Books indexed include:
Venturing in International Firms by Christopher Williams (Sunrise Setting)

How to coach your team by Pam Jones and Angela Jowitt (Pearson Education)

Finance

Working initially for HMRC and then for HM Treasury has given me a good grounding in financial matters. My knowledge of stockmarkets, investments and banking developed whilst at the investment company Fidelity, and I have indexed a number of titles in this field.

Books indexed include:
Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History by Youssef Cassis, Richard S. Grossman and Catherine R. Schenk (Editors) (OUP)

Smart Portfolios by Robert Carver (Harriman House)

The Stockpicker: a financial history from the sharp end by Paul Mumford (Harriman House)

History (All Areas)

My joint honours degree was in History with a focus on the Italian Renaissance, British social and economic history, the English Civil War, and International Politics. I have an ongoing interest in the histories of different parts of the world as well as finding out more about local and family history.

Books indexed include:

Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages by Brian Fitzgerald (OUP)

A History of the World’s Religions by David S. Noss and Blake R. Grangaard (Routledge)

Art History

I have indexed and written abstracts for articles appearing in many art journals, and have an interest generally in the history of art.

Books indexed include:

Arts & Crafts Stained Glass by Peter Cormack (Yale University Press)

The Art of the Erotic by Rowan Pelling (Phaidon Press)

Economics

I have a developed interest in economics and politics stemming from my time working in HM Treasury, and enhanced by the various roles I have had since then which touch on these two areas in a number of different ways.

Books indexed include:

Building State Capability by Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock (OUP)

How Change Happens by Duncan Green (OUP)

Related qualifications

BA (Joint Hons) Library Studies and History


Other skills

Abstracting
Have prepared abstracts for ProQuest, usually from art and design journals

Taxonomic Indexing
Have done some taxonomic indexing on legal publications

Recent indexes include

Sumit K. Majumdar, Lost Glory: India’s Capitalism Story, OUP, March 2018
Niels Jensen, The End of Indexing, Harriman House, March 2018
Christopher Holmes, Polanyi in times of populism, Taylor & Francis, January 2018

Clients Include

Harriman House
Oxford University Press
Pearson Education
Phaidon Press
Routledge
Sunrise Setting
Taylor & Francis and independent authors

Special Publication Type

Biographies/ Autobiographies

Have prepared biographies using specific indexing techniques appropriate to these works.

Databases

Prepared indexes and abstracts for databases hosted by ProQuest, and also Reuters Business database.

Textbooks

Have prepared indexes for a number of textbooks, usually in areas of marketing, business and education.

Tools

SKY INDEX