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Becoming an indexer: what makes a good indexer?

Posted on: 10/11/2023

This is the first of a series of posts discussing how to become an indexer. In this post, Tanya Izzard discusses the attributes of a good indexer. Background Many indexers come from a library and information science background, but almost any previous career will give you knowledge and experience that will help you find your
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Qualities of a Bad Index

Posted on: 27/10/2023

In this post, Ruth Martin outlines the things that shouldn’t appear in an index. Write a bad index… us?! Surely members of the Society of Indexers couldn’t write a bad index?  Well, they could, but only in fun. In 2022, Society members took part in a peer review, indexing the same piece of text and
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Qualities of a Good Index

Posted on: 20/10/2023

In this blog post, Lyndsay Marshall looks at the qualities of a good index and identifies resources which discuss the topic in more depth. The post covers international standards, best practice guidelines and competition judging criteria. International Standards In order to define the qualities of a good index we can turn to the international standards
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Society of Indexers Conference 2023. Bringing the outsdie in: expand your indexing horizons. Tuesday 26th Sepember 2023. The Terrace, Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Conference 2023: Bringing the outside in: expand your indexing horizons

Posted on: 03/07/2023

We are pleased to be able to return to an in-person conference event for the first time in some years. This will take place in Leeds on Tuesday 26th September. A mix of plenary and parallel sessions will focus on expanding indexing skills. Opportunities to interact with other indexers and learn from each other will
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Commissioning an indexer (Part 3)

Posted on: 24/03/2023

How to evaluate an index: guidance for authors and editors When you have commissioned an index for your book, either directly or via your publisher, there should be a moment towards the end of the book production process where you are asked to review the index. In the third and final post in this series,
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Commissioning an indexer (Part 2)

Posted on: 17/03/2023

The indexing process: before, during and afterwards In our first post in this series, we looked at finding and booking an indexer. In this second post of three, Tanya Izzard takes you through the indexing process. What does your indexer need from you? You’ve booked your indexer and are waiting for the work to take
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Commissioning an indexer (Part 1)

Posted on: 10/03/2023

Finding and booking an indexer The first series of posts for the new SI blog takes you through the process of finding an indexer, commissioning an index and reviewing it. Here, Tanya Izzard discusses the process of finding and booking your indexer. How to find your indexer When you need to find an indexer, your
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National Indexing Day 30th March 2023 #IndexDay

National Indexing Day 2023

Posted on: 01/03/2023

For #indexday 2023 we held an online event aimed at editors commissioning indexes and other interested publishing professionals. The event provided a useful opportunity for indexers and publishers to learn from each other so that together we can create better indexes and give added value to almost any non-fiction book. You can find out more
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Fellowship revised pathway launched

Posted on: 14/06/2022

The Society is pleased to announce the launching of our revised Fellowship pathway.  Fellowship is the highest grade that can be awarded to Society of Indexers members, and is part of a professional development continuum. This starts with Professional Membership, gained currently by achieving accreditation after successfully completing the Society’s training in indexing course, and progresses with Advanced
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National Indexing Day 2022 30th March 2022

National Indexing Day 2022

Posted on: 07/02/2022

The Society of Indexers celebrated the sixth National Indexing Day and the 65th anniversary of our founding on Wednesday 30th March 2022. Celebrations were held throughout the day across social media with the tag #indexday. A summary of the discussions on Twitter can be found on our Wakelet summary. We marked this year’s event with
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