Subject Index Headings: it's the
The phone rings. It's a lawyer who says a journalist told him his
firm should be listed in sources. We send him a literature
He calls back, says the book looks great, he'd like to list, but
has some questions. About the Subject Index. The legal headings
in particular. What does this heading mean? Why haven't you got
this and that and the other heading in?
How come this firm is listed under this heading but not under that
one? What use is this other heading?
Two hours and eight pages of notes later I ask whether I could
have the staff benefit from his criticisms. The meeting takes place
and the sources Subject Index Advisory Board is born.
The lawyer is Paul Jacobs, Q.C. of Elkind, Lipton &
Jacobs [see rage L-83]. And he becomes the first member of the
new board. He will assess law-related headings as they relate to
the listed organizations and as they relate to any other factors
[accuracy, legality, contemporaneity, etc.] as he and sources
agree are relevant, and recommend additions, changes and deletions
to the headings and as to the organizations to be found under the
We appreciate Paul's taking time out of his busy practice to wrestle
with the subtle editorial judgments indexing demands. The Subject
Index is a responsive and alive thing created from discussions between
our editors and each listed organization. Paul works with Ulli
Diemer of AIterLinks.Ulli, also editor of the Connexions
directory, is a seasoned indexer. We're proud of what the Subject
Index has become. But appreciate that its scope has reached the
stage - as with a dictionary - that advice from experts in various
fields can further improve this key tool of the directory
Paul has much else to do, in law and media. He's counsel to the
Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario, the Chiropractic Alliance
of Ontario and franchisors and franchisees in the daily auto rental
business. He's a consultant to the Used Car Dealers Association
of Ontario and practises as general counsel in a wide range of litigation
matters before all courts and tribunals in Ontario.
He also acts as a facilitator, mediator and arbitrator in a variety
of business and legal disputes and as an advocate at mediations
and arbitrations at the Ontario Insurance Commission. He is an arbitrator
for the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan.
Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970, Paul writes for numerous
trade publications on the subjects of litigation, alternative dispute
resolution and commercial business disputes.
He participated in the Harvard Negotiation Project. The Project
led to a popular book, Getting to Yes, which I consider the
best book on negotiating ever written. He lectures to business,
trade and professional groups and is an approved arbitrator, mediator
and advocate in the Canadian Bar Association / Ontario Directory
of Alternative Dispute Resolution Professionals.
Suggestions, especially from outside Ontario, of qualified people
interested in making indexing recommendations in the fields of business,
computers, education, employment, finance, health ... the gamut of
identifiable clusters ... are welcomed.
Interesting subject, subjects.
Published in Sources Newsletter, Summer 1994
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