‘Catalogue and Index’ September 2018 issue

The September 2018 issue of ‘Catalogue and Index’, is a special issue on indexing. This periodical is published by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group, a Special Interest Group of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).
You can download a PDF of the whole issue or individual articles at https://www.cilip.org.uk/members/group_content_view.asp?group=201298&id=760736


  • FAST forward? By Alan Danskin
  • Methodologies for classifying repositories, by Robert T. Kasenchak
  • Subject indexing in a repository, by Clare Playforth
  • History of index creation, by Helen Bilton
  • Comedic indexes, by Paula Clarke Bain
  • Foundation of the Society of Indexers, by Rosemary Dear
  • Directions in indexing, by Pilar Wyman
  • Changed needed in the subject index, by Liz Antell
  • Online language classification, by Lucile Deslignères
  • Machine translation, by Lynne Bowker
  • Retrospective cataloguing Case study, by Max Zanotti
  • CILIP Conference 2018 report, by Lynn Thorn
  • Letters & responses

BIM Indexing and Proofreading Services: Bookshop scene

I love this explanation of the value of indexes by BIM Indexing and Proofreading Services:

That woman over there, by the Psychology section, is leafing through the very last pages of a book she just grabbed off the shelf. I know what she’s looking at. She seems pleased to find the information that she wants in the book as she turns to the page where the index directed her…

ASAIB Western Cape talk on indexing cookbooks, 17 September 2011

This talk was arranged by the Western Cape branch of the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB). The venue was that treasure trove of books, the Book Lounge in Cape Town. Situated in the heart of Cape Town, the stairs to the lower level leads to a cosy sitting area ideal for informal talks. The speaker was Joy Clack, a writer and editor, and owner of Bushbaby Editorial Services.

Joy started by saying that the main points to remember when creating an index for a cookbook are: logic and user-friendliness. She urged us to put ourselves in the position of the reader: what would you look up? The other important point to consider early on, is how much space is available for the index. This might have a big impact on how you approach and compile the index. The three main ways of creating an index for a cookbook are: 1) by grouping (e.g. pastas, desserts); 2) by ingredient (e.g. apples, spinach); 3) by grouping and ingredient (e.g. cakes, chocolate cake). Other questions Joy discussed were: should people’s names be left in the entry to a recipe? (mostly not, unless it is a well-known person); should photos and illustrations be indicated? (only if the photo or illustration is on a different page than the recipe); should cross-references be included for the different names of ingredients? (yes, include terms that will be used by the audience of the book).

The talk ended with an opportunity to ask Joy questions and some interesting discussions followed. Thank you to Joy for presenting an informative and interesting talk.