Re: Looking for classes in indexing

Subject: Re: Looking for classes in indexing
From: Carolyn <carolynpalo -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 23:02:01 -0400

Have you checked the online learning world of Lynda.com, Coursera or edX?

Carolyn Palo

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> On Jul 25, 2018, at 4:36 PM, dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net wrote:
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> BTW, if youâre an STC member and are looking for the article, I recommend searching (rather than using their index:-). The Intercom archive page for 2012 has the 2011 December issue at the link that probably should be the 2012 October issue. But, if you search for the article, you will find an html version.
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> Best regards,
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>> On Jul 25, 2018, at 12:54, Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks, Monique! The STC site had the Intercom article you referenced. I am
>> reading it now. :)
>>
>> I was contacted offlist by one of the people at ASI who crafted that
>> agreement with STC. They're looking into it for me. It's entirely possible
>> the information is still on the site and I was unable to find it using
>> Google search (the irony, it burns!).
>>
>> I'll be trawling through the other resources you mentioned. And I've
>> purchased the Indexing Books referenced in an earlier email.
>>
>> On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:20 PM, Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Really old, but I have printout of an article from the October 2012 STC
>>> Intercom magazine that I found quite useful: The Top 10 Indexing Errors
>>> Made by Technical Writers, by Lorne Griffith. I imagine it wouldn't be too
>>> hard to find online. (And if it is, you can ping me and I'd be happy to
>>> scan it and send the PDF.)
>>>
>>> And I second Lin's comments around the idea that digital search does not
>>> take the place of a good, human-produced index. For example, if the text
>>> says, "remove", but I search for "delete", I'll never find it. But in a
>>> manually-produced index, I'd expect to see an entry for "delete" that says,
>>> "see remove".
>>>
>>> I was a member of ASI for many years even though, like Lin, the only
>>> things I indexed were tech docs that I wrote. But I thought of doing more
>>> (until I found how low the pay was for how much work it would take to write
>>> a really excellent, vs. mediocre, index), and I liked the erudite
>>> discussions among the REAL indexers.
>>>
>>> It is unfortunate that ASI seems to require membership to take their
>>> courses. Maybe a personal note to them to ask for an exception might work?
>>> I did look at their webinars page, and those seem generally available to
>>> non-members, although the topics are mostly pretty narrowly focused to a
>>> given tool or a given indexing focus. See https://www.asindexing.org/
>>> category/webinars/.
>>>
>>> The Portland chapter of ASI lists a bunch of non-ASI indexing courses:
>>> http://pnwasi.org/wp/?page_id=141. Perhaps other chapters (don't recall
>>> where you are, so not sure if there's an active chapter near you) have
>>> similar lists of resources.
>>>
>>> And here's a nice list of resources, including email discussion lists, but
>>> a lot of it is geared to people wanting to have their own indexing
>>> business. But of course, the email discussion lists would be useful for all
>>> indexers. See http://www.backwordsindexing.com/Novice/NoviceNotes.html.
>>>
>>> And my last list on this listicles reply: https://indexstudents.
>>> wordpress.com/education/ - lots of training and all sorts of resources.
>>>
>>> (Yes, I like the subject of indexing!)
>>>
>>> HTH,
>>> -Monique
>>>
>>
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References:
Looking for classes in indexing: From: Lin Sims
RE: Looking for classes in indexing: From: Wright, Lynne
Re: Looking for classes in indexing: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Looking for classes in indexing: From: Lin Sims
Re: Looking for classes in indexing: From: Monique Semp
Re: Looking for classes in indexing: From: Lin Sims
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