Carols for indexers

Russell, Mary; MacGlashan, Maureen
June 2011
Indexer;Jun2011, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p50
Academic Journal
The twentieth century saw a number of collections of carols, often very erudite and scholarly, intended for use in both the study and the choir stalls. And they came complete not only with music but also with a number of find aids including a variety of indexes and index-like tables of contents. The arrangement of the carols was often itself a map to help you get where you wanted to be, and many typographical devices were used to the same end. This article looks at a dozen or so of these collections and their differing approaches to the indexing task. The authors focus in particular on how well the presentation of the collections answers the needs of the user looking for the place under pressure and in a hurry. Is the day of the omnibus collection past, as a tailing off towards the end of the century suggested? Probably not, if the arrival in 2005 of the RSCM carol book (complete with lots of indexes) is anything to go by. And what about the Kindle?


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