The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Do we really need indexers?

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2016), 34, (3), 104–109.

Abstract

Occasional usability studies reveal widespread confusion about established indexing conventions, confusion which might be discouraging readers from demanding that indexes should always be provided. These conventions reflect longstanding assumptions that indexers themselves seem reluctant to question. At the same time, a shrinking and underpaid profession has failed to distinguish its products in terms of value added. More worryingly still, the majority of indexes being produced today are inadequate. Indexing societies could perhaps reverse these damaging trends by fostering greater engagement with customers and readers, promoting better-designed user surveys, encouraging a re-examination of our assumptions, and by publishing tools for assessing whether any given index reflects an adequate subject analysis.

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Johncocks, B. (2007) ‘Web 2.0 and users’ expectations of indexes.’ The Indexer 26(1),18–24. Web 2.0 and users’ expectations of indexes The Indexer 26 18 24 Google Scholar

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Johncocks, Bill