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.
“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”.
Please also contact the editors if you have any queries or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into any of the themes mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted or a project you have been involved in.
Cataloguing and classification are no longer being taught widely, but we recognise the need from library and information professionals for training in these areas.
Do you think that the terms ‘cataloguing’ and ‘indexing’ are out of touch with today’s world?
Has there been a paradigm shift and should we respond to it by changing our name and/or our events to reflect this?
Is the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Committee organising the types of events you need where you need them?
To find answers to these questions, we invite all our existing and potential members to participate in a short survey. Your views will help us understand our members better and will guide us in deciding whether to change our name.
Your responses will also contribute to shaping the events we offer in the future. We will share the findings of the survey and present our proposals at our 2018 AGM.
March 2018, Issue 190: Contemplating cataloguing, classification and indexing research
This issue will focus on the process of doing research in the cataloguing, classification and metadata fields. Sample topics might include, the process of submitting conference proposals, getting your work published, methodologies used for doing cataloguing-related research, useful journals for cataloguing indexing, experiences of doing research projects. So, do you have any thoughts, experiences, or advice to share?
Could you write about giving your first-ever conference paper or writing your first article?
How do you prepare your conference papers, and do you have any tips for the cataloguing community?
What are your go-to-journal in this area and why?
Which books do you find useful?
How did you write that all-important cataloguing survey (or, do you have experience writing good surveys and want to share this with the cataloguing community)?
What do you think about practitioners doing research and/or how did you persuade your manager it was a good thing to do?
Have you done a cataloguing or classification related LIS dissertation recently and want to share how you went about doing your research?
What do you think are the important research questions in cataloguing and classification right now (i.e. what would it be useful for us to know as a profession?).
What are the ethical considerations of doing cataloguing-related research?
Please contact the editors (Karen Pierce: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk and Deborah Lee: Deborah.Lee@courtauld.ac.uk if you would like to write a paper for this issue, and we will send you more information. Please also contact the editors if you have any queries or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in. Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images. Please check our guidance for contributors: https://archive.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/catalogue-index/guidance-contributors. Papers will be due on 28th February.
The theme of our December issue is cataloguing non-text based and unusual material and as a result is a bumper issue of very useful insights and practices.
Excerpt from the editorial:
Welcome to Catalogue and Index 189 where our theme this issue is about cataloguing non-text based, and unusual material. We wanted to hear from people who catalogue this kind of material as part of their daily job, and who might be able to offer advice to those who only encounter it occasionally. As a result we have a wonderful selection of articles looking at a wide range of material from audio files to board games, pig lungs to meteorites, and pop music to volcanoes! With a gamut of useful information you may need to keep a copy of this issue close at hand to help with those unexpected items arriving at your desk.