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Catalogue & Index Issue 192: indexing

From the editorial – Catalogue and Index: Issue 192.

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.



Catalogue & Index: Call for papers (Issue 192) – Indexing

The theme for the September issue is indexing; this may be something that comes within the remit of your cataloguing role, or you may be a professional indexer.  The term covers several areas of expertise that we would be interested in hearing about.

  • Subject indexing – controlled vocabularies, subject headings e.g. (LCSH, MeSH, FAST), discussing challenges of multilingual subject access, specificity, machine indexing, subject analysis, social tagging and folksonomy, purpose of indexing
  • Book indexing – introduction to the profession, indexing practice, effect of automation and software, ebook indexing, future of the profession, technicalities, standards
  • Database indexing – what it encompasses, linked to subject or book indexing

We are seeking articles on these or any other topics broadly related to indexing.

Please contact the editors with any proposed papers and we will reply with further information:

Karen Pierce: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk

Deborah Lee: Deborah.Lee@courtauld.ac.uk)

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; papers for this issue will be due on 31st August.

Please check our guidance for contributors: https://archive.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/catalogue-index/guidance-contributors

LCSH in a day: A CIG event delivered by the British Library

**Fully booked. Please email to be added to the waiting list**

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful “LCSH in a day” training course.  “LCSH in a day” is a practical introduction to using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), led by a specialist from the British Library.  The course will include an overview of the Subject Cataloging Manual, and will cover the structure of LCSH and conventions for constructing strings.  This one-day event mixes taught theory with practical exercises.

Full details of the dates and venue are given below.  To book, please fill in the booking form.

We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place at this event. Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegates to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal. Please submit your application to Debbie by the date given below.

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Time: 10.00-17.00 (lunch included)

Venue: CILIP HQ, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

Cost: £95 +VAT (CIG members), £120 +VAT (non-CIG members)

Closing date for sponsored place applications: 12th October (applicants will be notified by 26th October).

Closing date for bookings: 9th November

Contact: Debbie Lee (deborah.lee@courtauld.ac.uk; +44 (0)20 7848 2905)

Please note that once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.


LCSH in a Day: A CIG event delivered by the British Library

LCSH in a Day is a practical introduction to using the Library of Congress Subject Headings system, including an overview of the Subject Cataloging Manual on Cataloger’s Desktop. The course will cover the structure of LCSH and conventions for constructing strings, and mixes taught theory with practical exercises.

Date: Friday 23 October 2015

Time: 10.00-17.00 (lunch included)

Venue: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

Cost: £75 + VAT (CIG members), £85 + VAT (non-CIG members)

To book a place email dunia.garcia-ontiveros@londonlibrary.co.uk stating whether you are CIG member and have any special dietary requirements.