For our friends in the UK, it’s the inaugural National Indexing Day. A celebration of the Society of Indexers‘ 60th anniversary, National Indexing Day is a great way to promote indexing and raise awareness of the value of indexes—and indexers. After all, contrary to popular belief, indexes don’t write themselves!
SI was formed in 1957, and within a year had 100 members—four of whom were U.S.-based. Like with many of our institutions here in the States, we owe a great debt to our British predecessors. The American Society for Indexing came about a decade later, and we’ve enjoyed a great relationship with SI ever since.
Our professional societies work hard to establish standards and practices, train indexers, promote good indexing, and foster collegiality. So, happy National Indexing Day to all our UK colleagues, and a more general happy day spent indexing to the rest of us!
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PI Picks of the Week
We have quite a few this week—a roundup of the excellent pieces about indexing in the UK press today. Thanks to our friend, SI member, and frequent Pick of the Week Paula Clarke Bain for the list!
‘In our Google era, indexers are the unsung heroes of the publishing world’ by SI president Sam Leith for The Guardian.
‘Index, a celebration of the’ by Dennis Duncan for the Times Literary Supplement (TLS).
‘Have You Hugged Your Indexer Today?’ by Porter Anderson for Publishing Perspectives.
‘Key to book content is a skilled, organised and analytical indexer’ by SI member Moyra Forrest for The Scotsman.