IBPA PubU Online

Indexes: What an Index Really Is, What Is Involved in Creating One, and Why You Should Care

In this session, you will discover the differences between a computer-generated and a human-generated index and determine whether a publication needs a back-of-the-book or embedded/hyperlinked index. You’ll see examples of some of the tools used in creating indexes, such as Word, InDesign, and dedicated indexing software programs. After this session, you will understand what type of material benefits from an index, who should attempt it, and why (and how) it's done. Presented by Heather Pendley, a freelance indexer and copy editor who owns Pendley’s Pro Editing & Indexing. She serves on the American Society for Indexing (ASI) board and is its Training in Indexing course administrator.