In this article, Stephanie Bilodeau, until recently senior indexer at the Library of the Canadian Parliament, describes the role of indexing Canadian parliamentary proceedings with particular reference to the indexing of the proceedings of the Senate committees. She describes the particular challenges of indexing, in French and English, the raw, unorganized, transcripts of oral proceedings, explains the progress made over the last two or three years and looks at possibilities for the future.
The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.