The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

The personality of the indexer

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2014), 32, (4), 149–155.

Abstract

Hazel Bell considers the personality of indexers as it is popularly supposed to be and as it is ideally prescribed in texts, and presents some real-life examples.

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Batchelor, J. (1984) ‘Deer stalkers and data banks.’ The Indexer 14(2), 121–2. Deer stalkers and data banks The Indexer 14 121 2 Google Scholar

Batchelor, J. (1985) ‘Not quite indexers in fiction (and nonfiction).’ The Indexer 14(4), 277–8. Not quite indexers in fiction (and nonfiction) The Indexer 14 277 8 Google Scholar

Bakewell, K. (1990) Obituary of Sandison. The Indexer 17(2), 135. The Indexer 17 135 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (1994) ‘Index makers of today: Bella Hass Weinberg.’ The Indexer 19(1), 51. Index makers of today: Bella Hass Weinberg The Indexer 19 51 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (2008) From flock beds to professionalism. Delaware: Oak Knoll Press From flock beds to professionalism Google Scholar

Carey, G. V. (1951) Making an index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Making an index Google Scholar

Carey, G. V. (1966) ‘The Society of Indexers as a servant of the world of letters.’ The Indexer 5(2), 78–80. The Society of Indexers as a servant of the world of letters The Indexer 5 78 80 Google Scholar

Coburn, K. (1977) In pursuit of Coleridge. London: Bodley Head. In pursuit of Coleridge Google Scholar

Collison, R. (1962) Indexing books: a manual of basic principles. London: Ernest Benn. Indexing books: a manual of basic principles Google Scholar

Collison, R. (1972) Indexes and indexing, 4th edn. London: Ernest Benn (1st edn 1953). Indexes and indexing Google Scholar

Cook, M. (1999) A slight and delicate creature. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. A slight and delicate creature Google Scholar

Drazan, J. (1980) ‘Indexing as hard labor,’ The Indexer 12(1), 27–8. Indexing as hard labor The Indexer 12 27 8 Google Scholar

Fisk, N. (1968) In ‘Symposium: an unusual method of making a book index.’. The Indexer 6(1), 9. Symposium: an unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 9 Google Scholar

Frugé, A. (1994) ‘Publishing Pepys in America.’ LOGOS 5(2), 67–70. (From Sceptic Among Scholars, University of California Press, 1993.) Publishing Pepys in America Sceptic Among Scholars 5 Google Scholar

Gibson, J. (1988) ‘The highlighting/underlining syndrome.’ The Indexer 15(4), 236–7. The highlighting/underlining syndrome The Indexer 15 236 7 Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004a) ‘Dishonourable mentions.’ Independent, 6 July. Dishonourable mentions Independent Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004b) The Fit. London: Fourth Estate. The Fit Google Scholar

Holt, H. (1987) ‘No thankless task: Barbara Pym as indexer.’ The Indexer 15(4), 236–7. No thankless task: Barbara Pym as indexer The Indexer 15 236 7 Google Scholar

Howard, E. J. (1956) The long view. London: Jonathan Cape. The long view Google Scholar

Jenkins, R. Quoted in The Indexer 13(4): 257. The Indexer 13 257 Google Scholar

Knight, G. N. (1979) Indexing, the art of. London: Allen & Unwin. Indexing, the art of Google Scholar

Lee, J. D. (2002) ‘The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley.’ The Indexer 23(2), 86–91. The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley The Indexer 23 86 91 Google Scholar

Levin, B. (1984) The way we live now. London: Jonathan Cape. The way we live now Google Scholar

Mallaber, K. A. (1970) ‘An early Wheatley catalogue: the 1866 Catalogue of the Board of Trade Library.’ The Indexer 7(2), 42–3. An early Wheatley catalogue: the 1866 Catalogue of the Board of Trade Library The Indexer 7 42 3 Google Scholar

Manual of Style (1983) 13th edn. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Google Scholar

Mulvany, N. (1994) Indexing books. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Indexing books Google Scholar

Nabokov, V. (1962) Pale fire. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Pale fire Google Scholar

Parkinson, C. N. (1978) Jeeves: a genteman’s personal gentleman. New York: St Martin’s Press. Jeeves: a genteman’s personal gentleman Google Scholar

Slansky, P. (1989) The clothes have no emperor. New York: Simon & Schuster. The clothes have no emperor Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1968a). In ‘Symposium: An unusual method of making a book index’. The Indexer 6(1), 4–6. Symposium: An unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 4 6 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1968b). Letter: ‘An unusual method of making a book index.’ The Indexer 6(2), 75–7. An unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 75 7 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1974) In ‘Symposium: The inadequacy of book indexes.’ The Indexer 9(1), 6–8. Symposium: The inadequacy of book indexes The Indexer 9 6 8 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1975) Letter re ‘Symposium: selective indexing.’ The Indexer 9(3), 109. Symposium: selective indexing The Indexer 9 109 Google Scholar

Thirkell, A. (1950) County chronicle. London: Hamish Hamilton. County chronicle Google Scholar

Thomas, D. (1995) American Society of Indexers oral history, Vol. 1. Port Aransas, Tex.: ASI. American Society of Indexers oral history Google Scholar

Thornton, J. L. (1965) ‘Indexing’, in Progress in library science, ed. R. L. Collison. London: Butterworth. Indexing Progress in library science Google Scholar

Vonnegut, K. (1963) Cat’s cradle. London: Jonathan Cape. Cat’s cradle Google Scholar

Wallis, E. (1996) In Sidelights, 3rd quarter 1996, 14. Sidelights 14 Google Scholar

Weinberg, B. H. (2002) ‘Indexes and Paradise’. The indexer 23(2), 82. Indexes and Paradise The indexer 23 82 Google Scholar

Wellisch, H. (1991) indexing from A to Z. New York: H. W. Wilson. indexing from A to Z Google Scholar

Wheatley, H. B. (1881) In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Google Scholar

Batchelor, J. (1984) ‘Deer stalkers and data banks.’ The Indexer 14(2), 121–2. Deer stalkers and data banks The Indexer 14 121 2 Google Scholar

Batchelor, J. (1984) ‘Deer stalkers and data banks.’ The Indexer 14(2), 121–2. Deer stalkers and data banks The Indexer 14 121 2 Google Scholar

Batchelor, J. (1985) ‘Not quite indexers in fiction (and nonfiction).’ The Indexer 14(4), 277–8. Not quite indexers in fiction (and nonfiction) The Indexer 14 277 8 Google Scholar

Batchelor, J. (1985) ‘Not quite indexers in fiction (and nonfiction).’ The Indexer 14(4), 277–8. Not quite indexers in fiction (and nonfiction) The Indexer 14 277 8 Google Scholar

Bakewell, K. (1990) Obituary of Sandison. The Indexer 17(2), 135. The Indexer 17 135 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (1994) ‘Index makers of today: Bella Hass Weinberg.’ The Indexer 19(1), 51. Index makers of today: Bella Hass Weinberg The Indexer 19 51 Google Scholar

Bakewell, K. (1990) Obituary of Sandison. The Indexer 17(2), 135. The Indexer 17 135 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (2008) From flock beds to professionalism. Delaware: Oak Knoll Press From flock beds to professionalism Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (1994) ‘Index makers of today: Bella Hass Weinberg.’ The Indexer 19(1), 51. Index makers of today: Bella Hass Weinberg The Indexer 19 51 Google Scholar

Carey, G. V. (1951) Making an index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Making an index Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (2008) From flock beds to professionalism. Delaware: Oak Knoll Press From flock beds to professionalism Google Scholar

Carey, G. V. (1951) Making an index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Making an index Google Scholar

Carey, G. V. (1966) ‘The Society of Indexers as a servant of the world of letters.’ The Indexer 5(2), 78–80. The Society of Indexers as a servant of the world of letters The Indexer 5 78 80 Google Scholar

Coburn, K. (1977) In pursuit of Coleridge. London: Bodley Head. In pursuit of Coleridge Google Scholar

Carey, G. V. (1966) ‘The Society of Indexers as a servant of the world of letters.’ The Indexer 5(2), 78–80. The Society of Indexers as a servant of the world of letters The Indexer 5 78 80 Google Scholar

Coburn, K. (1977) In pursuit of Coleridge. London: Bodley Head. In pursuit of Coleridge Google Scholar

Collison, R. (1962) Indexing books: a manual of basic principles. London: Ernest Benn. Indexing books: a manual of basic principles Google Scholar

Collison, R. (1962) Indexing books: a manual of basic principles. London: Ernest Benn. Indexing books: a manual of basic principles Google Scholar

Collison, R. (1972) Indexes and indexing, 4th edn. London: Ernest Benn (1st edn 1953). Indexes and indexing Google Scholar

Collison, R. (1972) Indexes and indexing, 4th edn. London: Ernest Benn (1st edn 1953). Indexes and indexing Google Scholar

Cook, M. (1999) A slight and delicate creature. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. A slight and delicate creature Google Scholar

Cook, M. (1999) A slight and delicate creature. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. A slight and delicate creature Google Scholar

Drazan, J. (1980) ‘Indexing as hard labor,’ The Indexer 12(1), 27–8. Indexing as hard labor The Indexer 12 27 8 Google Scholar

Drazan, J. (1980) ‘Indexing as hard labor,’ The Indexer 12(1), 27–8. Indexing as hard labor The Indexer 12 27 8 Google Scholar

Fisk, N. (1968) In ‘Symposium: an unusual method of making a book index.’. The Indexer 6(1), 9. Symposium: an unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 9 Google Scholar

Fisk, N. (1968) In ‘Symposium: an unusual method of making a book index.’. The Indexer 6(1), 9. Symposium: an unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 9 Google Scholar

Frugé, A. (1994) ‘Publishing Pepys in America.’ LOGOS 5(2), 67–70. (From Sceptic Among Scholars, University of California Press, 1993.) Publishing Pepys in America Sceptic Among Scholars 5 Google Scholar

Frugé, A. (1994) ‘Publishing Pepys in America.’ LOGOS 5(2), 67–70. (From Sceptic Among Scholars, University of California Press, 1993.) Publishing Pepys in America Sceptic Among Scholars 5 Google Scholar

Gibson, J. (1988) ‘The highlighting/underlining syndrome.’ The Indexer 15(4), 236–7. The highlighting/underlining syndrome The Indexer 15 236 7 Google Scholar

Gibson, J. (1988) ‘The highlighting/underlining syndrome.’ The Indexer 15(4), 236–7. The highlighting/underlining syndrome The Indexer 15 236 7 Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004a) ‘Dishonourable mentions.’ Independent, 6 July. Dishonourable mentions Independent Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004a) ‘Dishonourable mentions.’ Independent, 6 July. Dishonourable mentions Independent Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004b) The Fit. London: Fourth Estate. The Fit Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004b) The Fit. London: Fourth Estate. The Fit Google Scholar

Holt, H. (1987) ‘No thankless task: Barbara Pym as indexer.’ The Indexer 15(4), 236–7. No thankless task: Barbara Pym as indexer The Indexer 15 236 7 Google Scholar

Holt, H. (1987) ‘No thankless task: Barbara Pym as indexer.’ The Indexer 15(4), 236–7. No thankless task: Barbara Pym as indexer The Indexer 15 236 7 Google Scholar

Howard, E. J. (1956) The long view. London: Jonathan Cape. The long view Google Scholar

Howard, E. J. (1956) The long view. London: Jonathan Cape. The long view Google Scholar

Jenkins, R. Quoted in The Indexer 13(4): 257. The Indexer 13 257 Google Scholar

Jenkins, R. Quoted in The Indexer 13(4): 257. The Indexer 13 257 Google Scholar

Knight, G. N. (1979) Indexing, the art of. London: Allen & Unwin. Indexing, the art of Google Scholar

Knight, G. N. (1979) Indexing, the art of. London: Allen & Unwin. Indexing, the art of Google Scholar

Lee, J. D. (2002) ‘The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley.’ The Indexer 23(2), 86–91. The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley The Indexer 23 86 91 Google Scholar

Lee, J. D. (2002) ‘The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley.’ The Indexer 23(2), 86–91. The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley The Indexer 23 86 91 Google Scholar

Levin, B. (1984) The way we live now. London: Jonathan Cape. The way we live now Google Scholar

Levin, B. (1984) The way we live now. London: Jonathan Cape. The way we live now Google Scholar

Mallaber, K. A. (1970) ‘An early Wheatley catalogue: the 1866 Catalogue of the Board of Trade Library.’ The Indexer 7(2), 42–3. An early Wheatley catalogue: the 1866 Catalogue of the Board of Trade Library The Indexer 7 42 3 Google Scholar

Mallaber, K. A. (1970) ‘An early Wheatley catalogue: the 1866 Catalogue of the Board of Trade Library.’ The Indexer 7(2), 42–3. An early Wheatley catalogue: the 1866 Catalogue of the Board of Trade Library The Indexer 7 42 3 Google Scholar

Manual of Style (1983) 13th edn. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Google Scholar

Manual of Style (1983) 13th edn. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Google Scholar

Mulvany, N. (1994) Indexing books. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Indexing books Google Scholar

Mulvany, N. (1994) Indexing books. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Indexing books Google Scholar

Nabokov, V. (1962) Pale fire. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Pale fire Google Scholar

Nabokov, V. (1962) Pale fire. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Pale fire Google Scholar

Parkinson, C. N. (1978) Jeeves: a genteman’s personal gentleman. New York: St Martin’s Press. Jeeves: a genteman’s personal gentleman Google Scholar

Parkinson, C. N. (1978) Jeeves: a genteman’s personal gentleman. New York: St Martin’s Press. Jeeves: a genteman’s personal gentleman Google Scholar

Slansky, P. (1989) The clothes have no emperor. New York: Simon & Schuster. The clothes have no emperor Google Scholar

Slansky, P. (1989) The clothes have no emperor. New York: Simon & Schuster. The clothes have no emperor Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1968a). In ‘Symposium: An unusual method of making a book index’. The Indexer 6(1), 4–6. Symposium: An unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 4 6 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1968a). In ‘Symposium: An unusual method of making a book index’. The Indexer 6(1), 4–6. Symposium: An unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 4 6 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1968b). Letter: ‘An unusual method of making a book index.’ The Indexer 6(2), 75–7. An unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 75 7 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1968b). Letter: ‘An unusual method of making a book index.’ The Indexer 6(2), 75–7. An unusual method of making a book index The Indexer 6 75 7 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1974) In ‘Symposium: The inadequacy of book indexes.’ The Indexer 9(1), 6–8. Symposium: The inadequacy of book indexes The Indexer 9 6 8 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1974) In ‘Symposium: The inadequacy of book indexes.’ The Indexer 9(1), 6–8. Symposium: The inadequacy of book indexes The Indexer 9 6 8 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1975) Letter re ‘Symposium: selective indexing.’ The Indexer 9(3), 109. Symposium: selective indexing The Indexer 9 109 Google Scholar

Stallybrass, O. (1975) Letter re ‘Symposium: selective indexing.’ The Indexer 9(3), 109. Symposium: selective indexing The Indexer 9 109 Google Scholar

Thirkell, A. (1950) County chronicle. London: Hamish Hamilton. County chronicle Google Scholar

Thirkell, A. (1950) County chronicle. London: Hamish Hamilton. County chronicle Google Scholar

Thomas, D. (1995) American Society of Indexers oral history, Vol. 1. Port Aransas, Tex.: ASI. American Society of Indexers oral history Google Scholar

Thomas, D. (1995) American Society of Indexers oral history, Vol. 1. Port Aransas, Tex.: ASI. American Society of Indexers oral history Google Scholar

Thornton, J. L. (1965) ‘Indexing’, in Progress in library science, ed. R. L. Collison. London: Butterworth. Indexing Progress in library science Google Scholar

Thornton, J. L. (1965) ‘Indexing’, in Progress in library science, ed. R. L. Collison. London: Butterworth. Indexing Progress in library science Google Scholar

Vonnegut, K. (1963) Cat’s cradle. London: Jonathan Cape. Cat’s cradle Google Scholar

Vonnegut, K. (1963) Cat’s cradle. London: Jonathan Cape. Cat’s cradle Google Scholar

Wallis, E. (1996) In Sidelights, 3rd quarter 1996, 14. Sidelights 14 Google Scholar

Wallis, E. (1996) In Sidelights, 3rd quarter 1996, 14. Sidelights 14 Google Scholar

Weinberg, B. H. (2002) ‘Indexes and Paradise’. The indexer 23(2), 82. Indexes and Paradise The indexer 23 82 Google Scholar

Weinberg, B. H. (2002) ‘Indexes and Paradise’. The indexer 23(2), 82. Indexes and Paradise The indexer 23 82 Google Scholar

Wellisch, H. (1991) indexing from A to Z. New York: H. W. Wilson. indexing from A to Z Google Scholar

Wellisch, H. (1991) indexing from A to Z. New York: H. W. Wilson. indexing from A to Z Google Scholar

Wheatley, H. B. (1881) In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Google Scholar

Wheatley, H. B. (1881) In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Google Scholar

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