Master Indexing is a partnership run by Max and Julie McMaster. We commenced trading in 1988.
Max concentrates on indexing, while Julie combines journal editing with her school laboratory management role.
Following the completion of an agricultural science degree and a librarianship diploma, Max spent 15 years working in several government special libraries, covering the fields of agriculture, environment, health and veterinary medicine.
During this time, he developed his database indexing skills. He then spent five years in a scientific database and information retrieval service developing databases and conducting database training.
Concurrently with his database work, Max gained his first experience of book indexing. He began freelance book indexing on a part-time basis in 1988, and then made the leap to full-time indexing in 1991. He has continued his indexing career ever since.
Awards and recognition
The quality of Max’s book indexing work has been recognised by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), which has awarded him three ANZSI Medals for excellence in indexing, as well as four Highly Commended certificates.
Max joined ANZSI in 1986 as a means of networking and boosting his professional development, and has been a member ever since.
He has held several executive positions within the national body and the Victorian Branch of ANZSI. He has also been Chair of the Registration (now Accreditation) Panel and served on the ANZSI Medal Panel on several occasions.
Max ran indexing training courses for ANZSI for more than 20 years, as well as at overseas institutions, and lectured on indexing to editing students at several academic institutions. He was also a member of the International Committee of Representatives of Indexing Societies for a number of years.
Since 2010, Max has been an instructor for UC Berkeley Extension’s Indexing: Theory and Application online indexing training course, a role he continues today.
Max has written several professional papers and made many conference presentations in Australia and overseas on various aspects of indexing.
Julie has worked as reference editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health since 1998, a role she continues today.
Selected professional papers and books (from 2010)
Coates, S., Ebbs, H. and McMaster, M. (2011) Globalization and the indexer: reflections from the UCB Extension course. The Indexer 29(1): 31-33
McMaster, M.J. (2017) Zoological indexing. The Indexer 35(3): C3-C7
McMaster, M.J. (2016) Indexing in the editorial process. The Indexer 34(2): 65-67
McMaster, M.J. (2016) Stop words in the filing of subheadings. The Indexer 34(2): 68-70
McMaster, M.J. (ed.) (2015) Quiet achievers in indexing. Lawson, NSW: Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers
McMaster, M.J. (2012) Preparing the indexing quote. The Indexer 30(2): 100-102
McMaster, M.J. (2012) Same publication + many indexers = ??? The Indexer 30(2):98-100
McMaster, M.J. (2011) Illustrative material and how to handle it. The Indexer 29(3): 123-126
Russell, M. and McMaster, M. (2020) Analysis of Australian Commonwealth annual report indexes. The Indexer 38(2): 186-206
Russell, M. and McMaster, M. (2010) Indexing your annual report: a guide. Glenferrie South, Vic.: Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers