Saturday 4th March - Sheffield
11am - 1pm Friends Meeting House, 10 St James Street, S1 2EW, followed by lunch at Blue Moon Café
Discussion session on working to budget - time, money and page space.
Wednesday 17th May - Bradford
11am Social trip, probably including the National Media Museum. Meeting point and itinerary to be confirmed.
Saturday 7th October - Wakefield
11am Café Create, Burton Street, WF1 2EB
Peer review - topic to be confirmed
Wednesday 6th December - York
11:30 AM ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG
Christmas lunch and AGM
Tuesday 28 June - Harrogate
Saturday 23 April - Sheffield
Tuesday 8 December - AGM and Christmas meal - York
Nine members met for our informal AGM and Christmas lunch in York at the Bar Convent Café We reviewed the meetings held during in 2015, checked the status of our accounts and discussed plans for 2016 meetings. Over lunch we also discussed what topics we'd be interested in at the 2016 conference and the need for the website to be updated as more people browse the internet on mobile technology. Afterwards several members walked into the centre of York to enjoy the festivities at the Christmas market and to do some shopping.
Saturday 17 October - Wakefield
A select group met for a peer review session at Create Cafe in Wakefield. The text chosen was a introduction to the UK planning system, available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plain-english-guide-to-the-planning-system. Our discussion touched on a wide variety of topics: the use of specialist language for a general audience; the use of paragraph numbers as locators; the temptation to classify. During lunch we moved on to discuss how to index 1 or 2 mentions of legal cases in general texts and whether headings beginning with adjectives are becoming more common.
Tuesday 16 June - Saltaire
Eight members of the group met at Salts Mill for coffee before heading on a walking tour around the World Heritage village, taking in the planned streets and houses for the millworkers, the churches, schools, almshouses and hospital. We finished our walk by crossing the canal and having a wander through Roberts Park before retiring back to the Mill for lunch in Salt's Diner. Over lunch we discussed Society business including conference plans and then we split up to explore the shops in the mill, including the wonderful bookshop and art gallery.
For those wanting to know more about Saltaire, please visit the village website http://www.saltairevillage.info/
Tuesday 24 March - Sheffield
We had a good turnout for a session on editing the index, led by Joan Dearnley. We discussed when we edit (as we index, at the end of chapter and at the end), what we edit (in particular subheadings) and how we edit (the different approaches). Inevitably, and usefully, the discussions widened out to other aspects of indexing.
Afterwards, we went for lunch together at the Blue Moon Café and continued to broaden the topics talked about. As ever, it was useful to meet and share ideas and knowledge, and I am now using the very helpful subheading ‘overview’.
Tuesday 9 December - AGM and Christmas meal
We met over coffee to review the year and to plan the activities for 2015. In 2014 we had an excellent session on 'how to be efficient' led by Ruth Ellis in the spring and a peer review in the autumn. Our plans for 2015 include continuing the discussion for 'how to be efficient' with a look at editing indexes, a trip to Saltaire and, as usual, a peer review. We followed our meeting with a Christmas meal.
Saturday 11 October 2014 - Peer review
Five of us met at the Create cafe in Wakefield for a peer reveiw. As we usually tackle a text from a humanities field, it was good to have a suggestion from Pat Wormald for something with a bit more of a scientific bent. We indexed a BMA publication, Tackling healthcare infections through effective policy action. Whilst the subject was medical, the readership included policymakers so it was at a general level. The disussion included the different approaches required for different subjects as well as the various ways we index. We concluded by having lunch together and having a more general conversation.
Saturday 22 March 2014 - How to be more efficient
Following on from last year's session on 'How I index', we planned a meeting to focus on how to be more efficient. Led by Ruth Ellis, we began by looking at starting the index and how preparation and planning could save time later, and help keep you on track during the indexing process. We discussed different approaches and how they could affect efficiency and what to do if you find yourself getting bogged down in a section or chapter. The importance of knowing your software and its shortcuts was covered, as well as additional aids from the high tech - macros - to the low tech - window pens. We also discussed the ideas on indexing efficiency and speed, including OHIO (only handle it once), espoused by Sylvia Coates in her 'Measuring worth' article in The Indexer of December 2012. Briefly touching on editing (we ran out of time!), this subject merits further discussion either as another session and/or an online discussion.
Altogether, a very interactive meeting which made me stand back and think how I could apply what we had discussed to improve my own efficiency; I have started already with the use of the template facility in Sky - something I had been unaware of.
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