Did you know that ProQuest has an office of nearly 80 editors working in Louisville, Kentucky?
The newspaper operation was moved to Louisville in 1989, and there are editors working here today, from that original team.
So what do newspaper editors at ProQuest do, exactly?
Editors in newspapers perform quality assurance checks on indexing on a number of high-profile titles, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.
Newspapers are an important aspect of research, getting the breaking information on current events and in-depth, thoughtful commentaries on our times. Our top-notch newspaper editors in Louisville take a lot of care to ensure you find what you need while searching ProQuest newspaper products.
They apply appropriate subjects, personal names, corporate/organizational terms, geographic terms and product names to the indexes, as they perform quality assurance. Their work improves information retrieval across all of the current newspapers in ProQuest, enabling researchers to locate relevant documents faster and more efficiently.
They suggest provisional corporate, geographic and personal names that are added consistently so searchers have a way to find information across search fields. Additionally, they apply useful document types (such as Feature, Editorial, News, Commentary, etc.) and mark certain terms that will become headers in the print indexes—which ProQuest still produces, alongside traditional microfilm products.
What kind of experience and education do they have?
There are nine associates who make up the Newspaper Indexing team. Say hello to Betsy, Gail, Marion, Leon, Jennifer, Phyllis, Sherry, Rochelle and Connie. Collectively, these editors have 164 years of experience in newspaper indexing at ProQuest. Here’s the math: that’s about 18 years on average for each editor.
Our newspaper editors have undergraduate and advanced degrees in Journalism, Library Science, Linguistics, Social Studies, Mass Communications, Secondary Education, English, Business Administration, Creative Writing, and Medieval Modern Languages and Literature, to name a few. They have attended school anywhere from the University of Louisville and Spalding University, to as far away as Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Let’s hear some real info on these editors!
Their favorite books include Catcher in the Rye, East of Eden, The Shell Seekers, Lycian Shore, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Habit of Being and Neither Here Nor There.
Their outside interests are wide, ranging from nursing, travel writing, UN translations, art, acting as a tour guide in Istanbul, and working as a community activist and organizer.