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Conference Venue Confirmed

Posted on: January 29th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

The ISC Conference Committee is thrilled to announce that the conference will be held in the Novotel hotel in the centre of Montreal. Recently renovated, it’s a gem of a hotel.
Located on Rue de la Montagne, the hotel is easy walking distance to the shops on Ste-Catherine street (Ogilvy Store & Holt Renfrew), the bars and restaurants on Crescent Street, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
You can check it out here.

When you’re in Montreal

Posted on: January 22nd, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

If you’re coming to the ISC/SCI conference on June 2-3, bring your smartphone and headphones with you so that you can take in “one of the largest video projection experiences in the world.”

Cité Mémoire is occurring every evening at dusk in Old Montreal. As you walk the area you’ll discover “a host of characters who’ve witnessed the city’s evolution first-hand.”

Before you go, download the app so that you can enjoy the words and music that go with it.


A fresh look at your 2017 goals

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

Some questions to ask yourself as you make your plans this year:

How can you get the type of indexing projects you love most coming to you? What if you carved out a niche, by building up your expertise in a subject area or a skill?

If you are a full time freelancer, how are you going to maintain or grow your pool of clients?
Besides your “Find an Indexer” profile, your website, and LinkedIn, what else can you do to market yourself this year?

Are you going to read more widely than before? Explore books and materials that you wouldn’t normally look at?

Is this the year that you get more balance in your life? Work shorter days and take more breaks with minimal reduction in income?

Are you going to work smarter than last year? Learn what other indexers are doing and adopt some shortcuts and time savers into your own practice?

I’m wishing you all the greatest success in 2017.

And if you want to cover huge ground on all these points, put the 2017 Conference into your plan. It will be June 2-3 in Montreal.

The Affiliation

Posted on: January 15th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

The Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d’indexation got its start in 1977. It arose out of an Open Forum at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Library Association on June 12 of that year, in Montreal.

The Society of Indexers (SI) in the UK, the American Society of Indexers, and the Australian Society of Indexers had already been formed. An affiliation was in place to strengthen their efforts towards the advancement of indexing.

When the SI held its first international conference in 1978, Canadian indexers Peter Grieg and Mary Dykstra attended and discussed with SI officers the affiliation of IASC (as we were then called). The terms were agreed and the affiliation was formalized in 1979.

The secretary of the SI commented on the 1978 conference: “It was Canada’s bilingualism, reinforced by the influence of a strong contingent of delegates from France, that stimulated consideration—for the first time—of the possibility of moving out of the English-speaking limitations within which we have hitherto operated. Even before the formalities of affiliation are completed, the youngest member of the family is already making its influence felt.”

One of the benefits of being in the family is that we can attend each other society’s conferences as though we are members. At every conference, we have visitors from Australia/New Zealand, Europe, United Kingdom, and United States, and sometimes also China and Africa.

This year will be no different. Be sure to introduce and welcome our visiting members when you come to this year’s conference in Montreal, June 2-3.

The perfect accounting world is perfect for clients

Posted on: January 7th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

One of the challenges faced by new freelance indexers is setting up the business to handle cash flows and deal with taxes. This is especially true for former “employees” who only ever had to collect paycheques.

If that’s you, you’ll be interested in this article in the Bulletin of Winter 2002. Jean Sinclair gave us straightforward advice on registering your business, managing day to day tasks, keeping books, and getting through the tax season.

You can read the article here

And you can get more help with your business questions when you come to this year’s conference on June 2-3 in Montreal.