Mass. Indexers Fall Meeting

Subject: Mass. Indexers Fall Meeting
From: Lori Lathrop <76620 -dot- 456 -at- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 1994 13:45:21 EDT

fyi ... This was on INDEX-L. If any of you in Massachusetts are interested
in indexing, this looks like an interesting meeting ....

Lori Lathrop P.O. Box 808
Lathrop Media Services Georgetown, CO 80444
INTERNET:76620 -dot- 456 -at- compuserve -dot- com Phone: 567-4011

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The Fall Meeting of the Massachusetts Indexers' Group will focus on indexing
quality. Beginning and experienced indexers alike are encouraged to
participate in an indexing exercise as a basis for talking about elements
and characteristics of good indexing.

Comparing Indexing Styles and Approaches
Saturday, October 15, 1994
1 to 5 pm

Bunker Hill Community College
Building E, Room 175
Charlestown, MA

fee: $5 per person


1 pm "The Horribles Parade"
As an introduction to our indexing exercise, Rosemary
Simpson presents an analysis of a set of bad indexes (not
prepared for this exercise). Rosemary Simpson is president of
Indexing Unlimited, which provides technical indexing and
hypertexts for the computer industry. She has worked as a
programmer, writer, and indexer since 1967, and currently
teaches a one-day workshop on technical indexing in
association with Editorial Services of New England.

2 pm Discussion of indexes prepared for this meeting (see below),
facilitated by a panel of experienced indexers: Ann Blum, Tim Rosa,
and Rosemary Simpson. It is recommended that attendees prepare a
sample index (as outlined below) for this session, but it is not

4 pm The Massachusetts Indexers' Group: Continued discussion of
the goals, plans and activities of this organization. Marilyn
Rowland and Ann Blum will lead the discussion.


Index Review and Comparison: Exercise Instructions

Prior to the meeting, please prepare an index of the following article:

Smithsonian, October 1993
Dusk and dawn are rush hours on the coral reef

This issue of the magazine should be available in most public libraries.
Starting on Page 104 is an nteresting, slightly technical, highly readable,
article on the fauna of a coral reef and the changes that life on the reef
undergoes during the transition from day to night and back again.

Please treat the index for this article as if it were the first job you
were doing for a new client who knew very little about indexing, but
believed in paying top dollar and had a lot more regular work to offer.

Three experienced indexers will review the indexes and discuss them at
the October 15 meeting.To have your index reviewed, please make 5 copies
(one for each reviewer, one for display, and one for yourself). Copies
must be mailed no later than October 6 to allow reviewers time to review
them. Please contact Marilyn Rowland at Mrowland -at- aol -dot- com or (508) 548-1963
for more information about how to participate. This exercise is intended
for people who will be attending the meeting. Analysis of individual
indexes will be provided only at the meeting.

Marilyn Rowland
Massachusetts Indexers'Group
Mrowland -at- aol -dot- com
(508) 548-1963

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