I always wonder about people who associate “traditional” with “outdated” – so many areas LIS programs teach would fall under that category but for some reason we do not hear about those as much.
I also took an Indexing and Abstracting class to go beyond library cataloging and widen career options (e.g., journal indexing services). I feel the same as Shawne; I liked general indexing, not so much back of the book indexing. Back then (okay, it has been a while) we did not have a course on thesaurus construction and therefore this was the only class for basics on terminology development. The abstracting part, although not as enjoyable, it helped me, personally, in writing abstracts, book reviews, and executive summaries.
I understand that when we change our curriculum, we may have overlapping coverage, so I would ask: does your remaining curriculum cover the concepts and skills taught in this course?
Athena Salaba, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Information (iSchool), Kent State University