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The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is Canada’s national association of indexers. We invite you to learn more about finding an indexer, how to join, our publications, conferences and events, resources for indexers, and the Society.

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La Société canadienne d’indexation / Indexing Society of Canada (SCI/ISC) est l’association nationale canadienne des indexeurs. Nous vous invitons à trouver un indexeur, à devenir membre, à consulter nos publications et les ressources pour les indexeurs, et en apprendre davantage au sujet des congrès et événements et de la Société.

Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing 2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Judy Dunlop on receiving the 2017 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award

Judy Dunlop was presented with the Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing at the awards banquet of the Indexing Society of Canada in Montréal on 2 June 2017. The award honours Judy’s indexing of One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography by Margaret Mackey, published by the University of Alberta Press.

More information here.


Le prix d’excellence en indexation Ewart-Daveluy 2017

Félicitations à Judy Dunlop, récipiendaire du prix d’excellence en indexation Ewart-Daveluy 2017

Judy Dunlop a reçu le prix d’excellence en indexation Ewart-Daveluy lors du banquet de la remise de prix de la Société d’indexation du Canada, à Montréal, le 2 juin 2017. Ce prix récompense l’index réalisé par Judy pour One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography, de Margaret Mackey, publié par University of Alberta Press.

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Winner of 2017 Purple Pen Competition Announced

Sergey Lobachev has won the 2017 Purple Pen Competition sponsored by the Institute of Certified Indexers.  His index will appear in the book The Magnificent Nahanni: The Struggle to Protect a Wild Place by Gordon and Shirley Nelson (published by the University of Regina Press).  The judges praised his index for its strong treatment of the book’s main topics which would especially aid a re-reader trying to find material.  Moreover, he provided useful conceptual analysis, for entries like “wilderness” that a word search would not catch; it takes intellectual analysis of the text to recognize these, and the index showed he had put real thought into compiling and structuring these entries.

Sergey said that this was his first project for the University of Regina Press whom he had solicited for work by sending a letter to the Press.  He found the book a challenge to index as it involved distinguishing among the Nahanni ecosystem, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Nahanni people, Nahanni River, and Nahanni Valley.  He also had to carefully input the diacritics which he did accurately and showed his attention to detail.

Sergey completed the University of California, Berkeley, course “Indexing: Theory and Application” in 2013, and shortly after had launched his indexing business.  A Board member of the Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d’indexation, he lives in London, Ontario.  Prior to becoming an indexer, he worked in academic and public libraries, and he holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. He also retains a membership in the American Society for Indexing (ASI).

This is the fourth year that the contest has been held by ICI, and it is interesting to note what a strong showing the Canadian indexers have made in the contest, winning three out of four years! The competition was stiff for the winner, with several people entering again and using prior feedback from earlier years’ entries to improve their work.  The judges noted especially that the newbies were doing a better job in handling the metatopic in their work.  All entrants receive a detailed feedback scoresheet.

The judging is done anonymously by three members of the Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI).  The winner receives a check for $100 as well as the publicity of appearing on the ICI website: www.certifiedindexers.com and notification of the book’s publisher and authors.  This honor also helps the new indexer in terms of building confidence and gaining career satisfaction.







Indexing Courses

Three indexing courses are being taught by ISC/SCI members:

  • Indexing: Theory and Application (University of California at Berkeley Extension – taught by Heather Ebbs and Ruth Pincoe, both ISC/SCI past presidents, as well as U.S. indexers Sylvia Coates and Fred Leise and Australian indexer Max McMaster)
  • Indexing for Books, Journals, and Reports (Ryerson University – taught by Mary Newberry, current ISC/SCI co-president)
  • Indexing: An Essential Art and Science (Simon Fraser University – taught by Heather Ebbs, Audrey McClellan, and Iva Cheung)

These courses represent excellent opportunities to learn from experienced members of the Society. For more information on these and other indexing courses, seminars, and workshops, please go to the Education and Training section of the Resources page.

Cours d’indexation

Trois cours d’indexation sont enseignés par des membres de la SCI/ISC :

  • Indexing: Theory and Application (University of California at Berkeley Extension – enseigné par Heather Ebbs et Ruth Pincoe, deux présidentes sortantes de la SCI/ISC, ainsi que les Américains Sylvia Coates et Fred Leise et l’Australien Max McMaster)
  • Indexing for Books, Journals, and Reports (Ryerson University – enseigné par Mary Newberry, co-présidente actuelle de la SCI/ISC)
  • Indexing: An Essential Art and Science (Simon Fraser University – enseigné par Heather Ebbs, Audrey McClellan et Iva Cheung)

Chaque cours vous offre l’occasion d’apprendre d’une membre chevronnée de la Société. Pour plus de renseignements sur ces cours et sur les autres cours, séminaires et ateliers, veuillez visiter la section Éducation et formation sur la page Ressources.

Regional meetings

Toronto area indexers’ meeting

Toronto indexers gather most months to talk shop. Contact Pierre Joyal for details. Members and non-members are all welcome.

Edmonton area indexers’ meeting

Bimonthly gatherings on Saturday afternoons, 3-5pm. Indexers outside of Edmonton welcome to Skype in. Contact Stephen Ullstrom for details. Members and non-members are all welcome.

Other regional indexers’ groups

See Contact Us for regional representatives and contact them for information.

Réunions régionales

Veuillez visiter la page Contactez-nous pour trouver la représentante ou le représentant de votre région qui pourra vous offrir plus de renseignements.