This is a collection of quotes I accumulated: On the Need for and on the Value of Indexes, On Indexing, On Indexers, on Indexes in Fiction, and On Freelancers and Freelancing.
Rolf's Date: I can read you like an open book.
What is the true role of the indexer?Are you curious about "Indexes, importance of"? or "Indexers, who are they?" Check this page for more examples of quality indexing, both serious and humorous, real and fictional.
The title says it all. This is an article I wrote for Kevin Broccoli, Broccoli Information Management's HTML Indexing course. You'll find the article at the website for the Web Indexing SIG (Special Interest Group) of ASI, which promotes the human indexing of the web and HTML documents and serves web indexers and web indexing worldwide. Their web site includes resources for indexers, sample web indexes, and a directory of web indexers.
As NetGuide says, this "extensive FAQs covers the art of the practice, as well as the prosaic questions of salary, freelancing, and building a clientele."
Home of the renowned CINDEX software for professional indexers. --I use it and I wouldn't index without it. To exchange tips, tricks, and techniques to help better use Cindex, try the Cindexusers list.
This listserv is a forum for aspiring and professional indexers. Participants share information and ideas relating to all aspects of indexing and the business of indexing. To subscribe to INDEX-L, send the message "subscribe INDEX-L [your name]" to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's an amazing new tool on the market for writing embedded indexes, indexes embedded into the core (Word) document for easy export and linking: Index-Manager. Stay tuned for details and links to the English version!
The Indexstudents list is a community for beginning and experienced indexers who talk about the USDA course and other topics related to indexer education. List moderator Dan Connolly has put together a FAQ for IndexStudents that is very thorough and covers all the basics for anybody starting out in the business.
Inside Indexing: The Decision-Making Process by Sherry Smith and Kari Kells, about the decision-making process of writing indexes for books, serves as a window into the minds of two back-of-the-book indexers as they each indexed the same text.
Information sources on the 'Net also include other professional indexers. Here is a listing of some of my indexing colleagues' home pages which are especially informative.
The Sci/Med SIG Web site resource guide is quite useful, as is its listing of indexers who specialize in science and medicine.
Home of the semi-automatic back-of-the-book indexing tool TExtract.