Classification versus specific entry in book indexes (PDF)

Classification versus specific entry in book indexes (PDF)

Abstract: The author, a long-standing indexer and teacher of indexing, notes that specific indexing is nowadays generally considered to be the best approach for book indexes, but goes on to look at why specific indexing can cause problems to indexer and user alike, and to examine whether a classified approach still has something to offer.

First published in The Indexer v.28 n.1 March 2010

Commissioning an index

We have been involved in book indexing for over twenty years. We are primarily back-of-book indexers, but have also worked on journal, database, website and online help indexing, as well as metadata and thesaurus construction for intranets and websites. Glenda has a background in research, librarianship and TAFE teaching, while Jon is involved in PC training, programming and the production of computer-based training materials.

How much do we charge?

Before beginning an index we will need to arrange an agreed-upon quote, based on as much information as you can give us about the type and size of the book, and the depth of indexing you require. Until we have seen page proofs we can only give an estimate of the cost of an indexing job. read more

Copyright in the Digital Age

By Glenda: First published in Online Currents – 20 (9) November 2005

To examine the risks and opportunities presented by digital information, earlier this year Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) held a half-day seminar entitled ‘Copyright in the Digital Age: Learn How to Protect Your Work in the Digital Environment’.  The sessions were presented by CAL staff members, Michael Fraser, Caroline Morgan, and Eric Moore.  These sessions were followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from the publishing industry, authors, board members of CAL, and representatives from the Australian Society of Authors.  This paper is drawn from the presentations and panel discussion of the CAL seminar ( ) and on information sheets available on the CAL site ( ), as well as other cited references. read more

Digital futures: working together for our readers. June/July 2015 INCITE, p. 25

Digital futures: working together for our readers

The theme for this issue of INCITE was reducing burnout as we cope with digital publishing. One of my responses was that cooperation is good for all of us, including our readers. Another was that the field is constantly changing, so making decisions based on the ebooks and readers of today is not enough. Indexes are one example of ebook features that will be changing.

Published in INCITE (June-July 2015, p25) – the magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association. It presents perspectives on issues relating to library and information science. read more

E-learning: education on the web

By Glenda: First published in Online Currents – Vol.16 Issue 7, September 2001


E-learning (electronic learning) opportunities are developing quickly. From the click-through tutorials of computer-based training, online learning has evolved into a complex mix of learning experiences using resources on the Web, communication via e-mail and online chat, and collaborative work.

Some software packages have been developed to support the whole e-learning process, while others focus on specific aspects of e-learning, such as the provision of online examinations or the display of slides online. Organisations wishing to implement e-learning can develop courses alone or in conjunction with instructional design experts from specialist e-learning companies. Few sections of the education community have been untouched by these developments, with e-learning solutions being implemented in schools, TAFE colleges, universities, community education institutions, and the business world. read more

Faceted Classification

By Glenda: First published in Online Currents – Vol.18 Issue 9, November 2003

Most library students will have studied Ranganathan and faceted classification, but unless they live in India, they are unlikely to have read his works in detail or used his Colon Classification scheme. Nonetheless, his groundbreaking work has been influential in traditional library classification schemes. Facets are fundamental to the Bliss Bibliographic Classification, and are important in the Dewey Decimal Classification. read more