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Indexing, otherwise
Indexing, otherwise

Author(s): Victoria Frâncu
Subject(s): Library and Information Science
Published by: Asociația Bibliotecarilor din România
Keywords: indexing;indexing rules;authority files;descriptors;nondescriptors;information retrieval;continuous education

Summary/Abstract: The paper defines indexing as a foremost activity in a library through answers to the following questions: how is indexing done, what is automated indexing, who can do indexing, which are the abilities of and what is the education needed by an indexer, how can indexing be learned. The particularities of indexing are highlighted starting from real examples of how indexing should not be done. The examples provided are meant to draw the attention on the necessity of respecting the rules which govern the indexing languages, of updating the indexers professional knowledge, of the continuous check up through feedback from the users on their satisfaction regarding the quality of information retrieval, the precision and relevance of descriptors used in subject-oriented search keys. The major requirements of indexing are mentioned such as: existence of authority files of all kinds, subject representation with the greatest accuracy, objectivity and consistency, respect for the principle of predictability in establishing the descriptors assigned to documents.

  • Issue Year: 8/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 28-38
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English