Articles by Nancy K. Humphreys

about indexing and indexers, web indexing, libraries, librarians, and library catalogs and classification—from professional journals and other scholarly publications.

The World’s Oldest Profession: Indexing? A closer look at the 3,000 year-old I Ching, or Book of changes, from China, yields some surprising conclusions about the origins of indexing. This ancient book of hexagrams contains the world’s oldest table of contents and index. The Indexer Vol. 29 No. 4 December 2011.

Where Does Astrology Belong?

Astrology defies tidy classification in the Western organization of knowledge. Can this field of inquiry find a home?

From June 1, 2011

Where Does Astrology Belong? Pt 2

Astrology…humanities, social science, or something completely different?

From, July 1, 2011

Indexing on the Web. Delves into the differences between indexing print documents vs. indexing web sites. (KeyWords, Bulletin of the American Society of Indexers, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 165-167, Nov-Dec 2001.

Mind Maps: Hot New Tools Proposed for Cyberspace Librarians. A proposal for the creation of a human-generated subject index for the Internet using XML and middleware. (The Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals, June 1999)

Putting Our Heads Together: Reference Librarians and Indexers. Explores the differences between how librarians and indexers approach information and offers a proposal for the two groups to work together to augment traditional library card catalogs when  they are put online.  (KeyWords, Newsletter of the American Society of Indexers, pp. 1+, Vol. 4, No. 5, Sept-Oct 1996.)

Reference Annealing: Let’s Stop Reinventing the Answer. Reference librarians could cooperate to avoid duplication of effort by creating an online reference catalog. Hypertext links could make a virtual reference library especially valuable for reference work. (RQ, [now RUSQ, Reference and User Services Quarterly] Vol. 34, No. 4, pp459(5), Summer 1995.)