This one-day course is primarily aimed at indexers, but editors who are either involved in commissioning indexes and need to assess the finished index, or are also responsible for the creation of indexes will gain substantially from this course.
- Selection of terms
- Creating/structuring headings
- Creating/structuring subheadings
- Placement of prepositions and conjunctions
- Length of headings/subheadings
- Double posting versus cross-references
Specific Indexing Issues
- Asian names - Chinese, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, etc.
- Military ranks
- Honorifics (e.g. Dr, Prof, Ms)
- Cited Authors
- Endnotes and footnotes
- Illustrations (photos, tables, graphs, maps, etc.)
- Dealing with drop-in (unpaginated) text
- Designer issues affecting the index
- Fictional characters
- Numbers as headings or parts of headings and subheadings
New editions of a work
Converting an overseas published text to a local one
Updating, e.g. annual report
Updating, e.g. annual journal index
The role of indexes
Quoting for the indexing job
Per page rate method
Per locator rate method
Hourly rate method
Comparison of methods - which is best?
Specific text types and their issues
- Family name
- Preferred index structure
- Scholarly work
- Subject knowledge of the indexer
- Number of levels of entries
- Government reports - general reports and annual reports
- Legal books
- Acts of Parliament
- Case law
- Textbooks (secondary and tertiary)
- Trade titles (popular works)
- Children's (non-fiction) books
Advantages/disadvantages of indexing using InDesign, Word, Framemaker, etc.
Authors list of keywords
Advantages/disadvantages of the authors list of terms for the indexer
About the trainer: Max McMaster
Max McMaster has been a freelance indexer for the past 20 years, working on the indexing of books, databases and journals. He specialised in indexing after spending 19 years in library and information fields, mainly in scientific disciplines. He has more than 1950 indexes to his name. Max runs indexing training courses for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), as well as other organisations and universities throughout Australia. Max is also an instructor for the online indexing course run through the University of California, Berkeley. He is a three-time winner of the ANZSI Medal for book indexing and is currently an ANZSI Council member. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.
All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.
Cancellation & Substitution
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.