The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) is excited to announce its first National Indexing Day on 29 March 2018.
The ANZSI National Indexing Day aims to create awareness of the importance of indexing and the enduring value human-created indexes provide, especially in this age of information overload. But not enough is known about this ‘little understood, mysterious but essential parts (sic) of publishing’.1
Indexing is an intelligent undertaking that is not matched by any search function. A good index can be a work of art, and the indexer an artist. A good indexer is multi-talented (some of our members are also writers, editors and librarians!).
Indexes provide different access points to the information in the text. Readers can explore the book by subject, name, country, historical event and by issues and ideas and the overarching themes presented across the book, which a contents page alone cannot achieve. Indexes also allow readers to compare the type and breadth of information in books before deciding on a purchase.
Recently, the index from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Michael Wolff) was used to measure apparent power in the current U.S. presidential administration. In fact, the index in Fire and Fury reflects its book so well that national journalists are relying on it as they cover current U.S. politics.2
ANZSI is the professional society of indexers in the region. Our members provide indexing and metadata services for print and digital publications: books and ebooks (popular, academic and educational), databases, genealogies, geographical and pictorial publications, legal publications, magazines, journals and newspapers, bibliographies, subject gateways and websites.
People can follow our Facebook (@ANZSocietyIndexers) and Twitter (@ANZSI_indexers) profiles and our National Indexing Day hashtag (#indexdayANZSI) as we share more information in the lead up to celebrating this day.
More information about ANZSI and our National Indexing Day can be found at https://www.anzsi.org/.
Madeleine Davis: 0417 040 598 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sherrey Quinn: 0419 870 052 (email@example.com)
1. The Book Deal, Alan Rinzler, https://alanrinzler.com/2009/01/every-non-fiction-book-needs-an-indexheres-why/
2. Determining the power centers of Trump’s White House — by appearances in ‘Fire and Fury’, Philip Bump. Comments by Pilar Wyman, Indexing News blog, 10 Jan 2018, http://www.wymanindexing.com.
Update On Promotional and Member Activities
The Working Group for the ANZSI campaign – Sherrey Quinn, Denene Cavanagh and Madeleine Davis have begun promotion activities in earnest. Artwork for the ANZSI website, social media – Facebook (@ANZSocietyIndexers) and Twitter (@ANZSI_indexers) – and print advertising has been finalised. So far, approximately 28 block advertisements have been placed in various newsletters and journals.
Activities planned for 29 March, or weeks preceding the date, include:
Canberra Region Indexers are having a photo taken in front of the public artwork by Keld Moseholm ‘On the staircase’, at the Gorman House arts precinct. The sculpture depicts four small men climbing a staircase, reading books. The sculpture has a philosophical aspect by reflecting on the effect of reading on the spirit.
Indexers SA are planning a photo shoot in front of the Old Colonials, a mosaic of early SA settlers, at the State Library of South Australia. Janet Wilkinson, who works at the Library, has prepared an index to the colonials featured in the mosaic and will also feature in the photo.
Melbourne Indexers are finalising a photo shoot in front of a giant index on the wall of the National Gallery of Victoria. Yes, the NGV has installed a giant version of the index to their Triennial Exhibition publication! The photo opportunity is being timed to coincide with the weekend of the Melbourne Art Book Fair, also at the NGV.
NSW Indexers are progressing with an ANZSI National Indexing Day wine labelling effort and are liaising re a group photo shoot at the City of Sydney Library – Customs House, Circular Quay location.
The Aotearoa/NZ Indexers Group has 15 members on our mailing list. The Group is hampered in having regular “get-togethers” because of the geographical spread of members (Auckland, Wellington and others) but Wellington members have at least a yearly meeting, with the next one being organised for March. The Group will also update its local Freelancers’ Directory in time for National Indexing Day.
In addition, Mary Coe and Madeleine Davis have been invited by the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, to give a joint presentation to an online session for students undertaking the Metadata for Resource Discovery course , on or around 29 March. They have about 100 students and the session is recorded for those who cannot attend.
Similarly , Mary and Madeleine are hoping to give a face-to-face presentation to Sydney University of Technology, Information Technology students.
Gleebooks, in Blackheath, Blue Mountains, has agreed to a photo in front of their window displaying the ANZSI NID media release when it is available.
Finally, ANZSI has been invited to participate in a podcast about writer/indexers at the end of February, run by the Australian Writers Centre, The AWC has also welcomed the suggestion of a Q&A on indexing for their blog, at a later date.