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I too am very curious... with the advent of automated indexing (and god, it
is awful!) I am pleasantly astounded that someone still values a human mind
in indexing!  Wow.



On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:46 AM, Truex, Eleanor <
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>
> Cindy,
>
> Having just read your post, I find I have a million questions about book
> indexers! Do you work for a publishing house? How does one go about finding
> a job as a book indexer?  I heard them mentioned (very briefly) in Library
> school, but that was it. I'd love to hear more about it. And I also
> sympathize with Julie. Librarian jobs are few and far between--it seems to
> be a profession in which people can delay retirement (due to economic need).
> I am new to the profession myself, and wanted very much to go into Public
> Librarianship, but 20+ years as an RN made this a very natural fit.
>
>
> Eleanor Truex BSN, MLIS
> Medical Librarian
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> Date:    Sun, 28 Aug 2011 10:33:54 -0700
> From:    Cindy Coan <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Medical Transcription and Library Experience
>
> I sympathize with any librarian -- especially a new MLS recipient --
> who's struggling to find work in these tough economic
> times.  Considering that the health care sector has proven more
> resilient than lots of others, aiming for medical librarianship
> sounds like a smart move.  However, it's also good to have a backup plan.
>
> Nearly a decade ago, I faced a situation similar to yours, except
> that in my case I was faced with unemployment not right after getting
> my MLS but after close to a decade and a half in a steady position at
> a one-person museum library.  I too looked into medical
> librarianship, even going so far as to volunteer in a couple of
> hospital libraries.  However, the hoped-for medical library job
> didn't materialize, likely due at least in part to the fact that I
> faced competition from recent library school grads in my area as well
> as more experienced medical librarians.  I recall at least one job
> interview for which I felt I was a reasonably strong
> candidate.  However, I got a post-interview phone call from the lady
> doing the hiring and was told, "We have decided to hire X."  It so
> happened that X had worked a number of years as a full-time medical
> librarian and had a long-time professional connection with those
> doing the hiring -- thus virtually guaranteeing that X would have an
> easy time getting the job.  Enter plan B.
>
> Like you, I had toyed with the idea of medical transcription work and
> had even researched the field.  What I actually ended up going into,
> however, was book indexing.  Nearly a decade later, I have no regrets
> about going into that field as an alternative to library
> work.  Although not all the fellow indexers I know have a library
> background, quite a few of them do.  As during my librarian days, I
> continue to help people find information.  The main difference is
> that now I'm doing it one book at a time.  And yes, I have had the
> opportunity to use the medical knowledge I gained when looking into
> medical librarianship.  My indexed titles to date include a number of
> medical publications -- including two I definitely need to work on today!
>
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