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Conference 2021: ‘Boosting your Indexing Business’

Online conference: 9-10 November 2021

Our first ever online conference ran over two days – from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon, beginning with the keynote presentation from Dennis Duncan, author of the eagerly awaited Index, a History of the, and his indexer, Paula Clarke Bain.

Through a mixture of talks, demonstrations and break-out sessions there was something of interest to everyone, from indexing students and newly qualified indexers to those who have been running an indexing business for many years. Several sessions looked at the business of indexing, from finding work and marketing yourself to dealing with financial issues, as well as ‘working smarter’ by using indexing software more efficiently. We also considered the tricky issue of the metatopic:  to index or not to index? –  that is the question. There was also chance to meet other indexers in breakout rooms and a Q&A session gave the opportunity to pose indexing questions to a panel of experienced indexers.

The summary of attendees’ comments on social media as events unfolded can be found on our Wakelet report.

The outline programme can be found here. There is more information about the individual sessions and presenters, and about the software sessions. To ensure that things run smoothly, conference participants were advised to read the notes on Zoom etiquette .