Welcome to issue 192 of Catalogue and Index which is devoted to the topic of indexing. The term “indexing” can have different meanings, as indexing takes place in many different ways and formats. So, we are delighted that this issue gives a taste of the different ways indexing is used in various parts of the information professions. We have discussions about Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and FAST, which may be the ways many of us encounter indexing in everyday cataloguing life. However, the issue also contains articles about keywords in abstracting and indexing databases, subject indexing in repositories, and back-of-the-book indexing. We hear from those who do indexing and lead developments in indexing, as well as from those who research indexing. Above all, this issue shows the variety and vibrancy of indexes, indexing and indexers.
Nominations for the Diversity Award are still open until 31st August!
The Diversity Award is occasionally made by CILIPs Community, Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG) and aims to recognise outstanding achievement in the promotion of diversity. It is given to an individual or team who has shown commitment to the advancement of diversity within a library or information setting.
Previous winners have included Shiraz Durrani, Ayub Khan, John Vincent and Margaret Watson.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s CIG Conference in Edinburgh, 5-7th September. If you’re local or arriving early, and don’t have any plans for the evening before conference starts, you are cordially invited to an informal meet up on the 4th September from 6 pm.
Join members of the CIG & CIG Scotland Committees, as well as fellow delegates, in the Summerhall bar, which is only ten minutes’ walk from the Conference venue and accommodation (see directions below). An excellent choice of food and drink is available, plus outdoor courtyard if the weather stays fine.
The café-bar – which was once the Small Animal Hospital of the Dick Vet School – is surrounded by an eclectic mix of art and business venues, including a micro-distillery and micro-brewery (sorry, these will be closed). Just head straight into Summerhall, cross the courtyard, and the bar will be right in front of you. CIGS will be flying a flag to let you know where and who we are.
We’d love to see you there, and welcome you to Edinburgh for the start of CIG 2018!
Winning a bursary from the Cataloguing & Indexing Group was such a thrill! I would have not been otherwise able to attend my first CILIP Conference. Seen from the perspective of a newly-qualified information professional (that I am), CILIP Brighton 2018 was a triumph of positivity, inspiration and passion for the profession. For those who were not able to attend, I would recommend to flick through the Conference pictures, visit the Conference website, check out the related tweets on Twitter (@CILIPConf18, #CILIPConf18) and listen to the special episode of the podcast “Librarians with Lives” by Jo Wood. I hope that reading this report will also give a taste of what attending the conference felt like.
“Welcome to C&I 191, our issue that is dedicated to the concept of ethics, trust and value within cataloguing. The topic of ethics within librarianship has been a focus for CILIP over the last year with a variety of workshops, events and sessions having taken place, leading to a new ethical framework for information professionals. It, therefore, seemed timely for us to address this issue within the world of cataloguing and metadata. Some of the articles raise as many questions as offer solutions and invite us to think about our own ethical stance within our day to day work, and to be aware of problems that have arisen in the past and become embedded in our systems”.
Are you a student?
Would you like a grant of up to £500 for your research project?
If you are in the planning or initial stages of your dissertation and need funding to help you with your research, ISKO UK has a fund of up to £500 for research related to Knowledge Organization. This could include (but is not limited to) research on:
• Authority files
• Linked open data
• Information architecture
Do apply as soon as possible. A decision on the applications is expected to be made by the end of July 2018. Best of luck to all of those who decide to apply.
International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)
The International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) is a membership organization that advances the theory and practice of knowledge organization (KO). As the UK chapter of ISKO, we run regular conferences, meetings and seminars, many of which are free to students.
You can find more information about ISKO and about ISKO UK, including past and future events, at www.isko.org and www.iskouk.org respectively.