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Open Access Building a collage for indexers and bibliographers: photo albums, mirrors, magnifying glasses and crystal balls out of Africa

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Professor Fourie argues that the time has come for individual indexers and indexing societies, at both national and international levels, to move out of their comfort zones and look not so much at what they have been doing well but at what they could do better. They need, she says, to take a hard and critical look at themselves and explore how they can do more to keep abreast with developments in the information field both within and outwith the indexing community, what might be done to increase the flow and dissemination of literature on both the practice and theory of indexing, to promote and act on research into user interests and to open up new perspectives on the future job market for indexers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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  • 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.
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