The professional society of indexers in Canada since 1977
The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is Canada’s national association of indexers. We invite you to find an indexer for your project, read our publications, discover our conferences, events, and resources for indexers, find out about membership, and learn about the Society.
The post-conference issue of the Bulletin is now here. In this issue:
Stephen Ullstrom reports on the ISC/SCI conference in Winnipeg and gives us the highlights and take-aways.
Maureen MacGlashan talks to Christine Jacobs about her fascinating career as a diplomat in some of the world’s hotspots, her experiences as editor of The Indexer, and her thoughts on what makes a gifted indexer.
Moira Calder reports from Cleveland on a Special Interest Group meeting and the sessions at the ASI Conference.
Plus, there’s the Ewart-Daveluy and Tamarack award winners, Executive Committee activities, membership news—and the crossword puzzle!
This issue was brought to you through the efforts of the Ad Hoc Bulletin Policy Committee. They sourced a new design, layout, and template, developed a more efficient workflow, and tested it all in producing this issue.
Now it’s time to put Bulletin production in the hands of a managing editor. Could that be you? If you have editing experience, a desire to put things together and be at the helm, and are interested in bringing ISC/SCI’s news to your fellow members and to the world, the committee would like to hear from you. Send an email to email@example.com and let them know.
The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is excited to announce the development of the Mary Newberry Mentorship Program.
The voluntary program will assist new indexers who wish to develop their skills and business. Mature indexers will also use the program to develop expertise in new disciplines and skills.
The program framework was announced at the ISC/SCI 2018 Annual Conference in Winnipeg in June. Stephen Ullstrom, chair of the program committee, and Linda Christian have been named the program’s first coordinators. They plan to have it running by January 2019.
Ullstrom, who is also the regional representative for the Prairies and Northern Canada, points out that most indexers are freelancers, and they could live almost anywhere. “The mentorship program will give anyone who lives in a remote area an additional resource and community that is usually only available to indexers in well-populated areas.”
“This program is a great achievement,” says Siusan Moffat, ISC/SCI executive member. Christian adds, “We had a lively discussion in the online forums on the need for mentoring in our industry. The timing couldn’t be better.”
The program is named after ISC/SCI member Mary Newberry in recognition of her many years of mentorship and teaching.
When you are done, we invite you to check out the conference presentation page for attendees only. Some presenters have made their presentation and handout files available online. Note that you’ll need the password to gain access. To obtain the password, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tamarack award was instituted to recognize members who go “above and beyond the call of duty” in their volunteer work for the Society.
This year we have chosen Christopher Blackburn as the Tamarack Award recipient for that very reason.
The award is a symbol of our thanks and gratitude for what he has given to the Indexing Society of Canada |Société canadienne d’indexation and is well-deserved after many, many years of service for our Society.
Chris served as a dedicated Central Canada regional representative and has been a member of the Executive committee where he provided wise and thoughtful contributions.
You could consider Chris our Society historian! He has in his possession every issue of the Bulletin since its inception, attended numerous conferences, both national and international, notably England, Ireland, and the US. He has made several contributions to the Bulletin reporting on the many events he attended. His involvement can be traced back to 2001, planning the Toronto conference when our Society was called the Indexing and Abstracting Society of Canada (IASC/SCAD). Chris has a deep and personal knowledge of the evolution of indexing methods and is always willing to share his indexing knowledge with other members.
Chris was presented with the Tamarack Award and he humbly accepted it at our recent Toronto indexers’ meeting in June. It was a delightful moment!
We are honoured to present this award to Chris this year and we are honoured to have him as a member of our Society.