Preserving records of early texts on indexing

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Preserving records of early texts on indexing

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Jul 23, 2009, 3:39am

Very sadly, the library of the Society of Indexers has been dismantled and the books all disposed of, leaving many of its specialist, early texts out of print, and not recorded on internet bookshops -- vanishing from the world of books without trace. I have seized the opportunity to preserve their records, with full details and cover images, by listing all the early indexing-related publications that I own on LT. I have given their sole listing to 14 indexing-related publications, including three that I don't own by using the tag, wishlist. I have added biographical details for some of the authors, and enhanced the pages for all the works on indexing listed on LT that I could, adding scanned images of the covers, descriptions, the first and last sentences, reciprocal recommendations and thirteen reviews. I am very pleased that all these publications are now permanently displayed and accessible, virtually catalogued, with full panoply, on this site; retrieved from complete obscurity.

Jul 23, 2009, 1:32pm

It is unfortunate that SI disposed of their library. Couldn't they find a physical library to acquire the books?

Cheers to you for preserving the records!

Jul 23, 2009, 2:37pm

I'm typing in from "Around the world" in The Indexer vol 25 no 4, Oct 2007:
"A process of deaccessioning is now under way. This will reduce the library to a core collection, remove material that relates to cataloguing, libraries and other non-indexing subjects, and weed out duplicate copies. Items no longer required will be offered for sale to SI members, before other avenues for disposal, such as `Book Aid' schemes and second-hand booksellers, are investigated. ... After this, the library will ... move to a new home at Oxford Brookes University, a centre for publishing education."
Utterly deplorable, I call it.
Should anything about it be put on Indexer's Network?

Hazel Bell (I forgot to put my real name after my previous message on this subject!)

Jul 24, 2009, 1:32pm

At this point, posting on Indexer's Network is like closing the barn door after the horses got out.

I saw Harrod's "Indexers on Indexing" on your wish list. I have a copy that was given to me by BevAnne Ross. It is full of her notations. She used the book as the basis for the first USDA book indexing course. She even marked up the index!

Nancy Mulvany

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