My splendid colleague Ruth Ellis has put together a storyline for the event. It includes things that happened in the run up and on the day.
The run up to the day started with our sister society in Australia and New Zealand posting some pictures of their members. Catchy tagline – Life is easier with an index.
Whitefox covered the event in their newsletter:
On the actual day, SI President Sam Leith welcomed everyone:
The talks were given,
- Good indexing practice: how indexers work. Ann Kingdom (Chair, Society of
- Good indexing practice: training, qualifications, commissioning and index
assessment. Ann Hudson (Training Director, Society of Indexers)
- Indexing software: flexible functionality. Ruth Ellis (Social Media Coordinator,Society of Indexers)
- Embedded indexing: a brief what, why and how. Paula Clarke Bain (Marketing
- Director, Society of Indexers)
- Embedding to ebook. Jan Worrall (Training Course Coordinator, Society of Indexers)
Tea was drunk, questions were asked, and the team stood for a photograph.
I wonder what we’ll do next year?
The second international #indexday is on Thursday 29 March 2018.
The UK-based Society of Indexers are holding an event for publishers at the Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London, from 12 noon to 4 pm on 29 March. This event will include a welcome from the honorary president, Sam Leith, and sessions and demonstrations by SI members. These will focus on current indexing practices and digital developments regarding embedded and linked indexes for ebooks. There will be an ‘ask the indexers’ Q&A panel session and opportunities to mingle.
Places are limited so book your ticket for the event now. The price of £30 includes all sessions, lunch and afternoon refreshments.
However, by the time this event starts our colleagues from ANZSI in Australia and New Zealand will have done a number of things to raise awareness of indexing. There will be photo shoots in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney; presentations in Sydney, a gathering in New Zealand and possibly a podcast too. More details here.
The Society of Indexers is celebrating its diamond anniversary in 2017 and designated 30 March as the first National Indexing Day to raise awareness of this essential profession.
The Society has seen many changes in book production and indexing methods during that time. Gone are index cards, going out are paper prints and highlighter pens, in are specialised software packages, coming in are e-pub books with linked indexes. I wonder what the next 60 years will bring?
Media coverage included an article by Society of Indexers President Sam Leith which explains a lot about what indexers do – see here. And the following week there was a podcast by Sam and Dennis Duncan discussing the history of indexing. Listen here.
Here’s a Storify of the coverage we got – National Indexing Day.