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Montreal Accommodations for the June 2-3 Conference

Posted on: March 26th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

There are several options for staying in Montreal.

Novotel Hotel Montréal Centre

We have reserved a block of rooms at the conference hotel. Call the Novotel Montréal Centre Reservations Department at 514.871.2138 or 1.866.861.6112. Mention the group name: Indexing Society of Canada 2017 conference to ensure you receive the appropriate rate and are included in the guest room block.

The rooms include a standard king bed ($10 extra for two beds) and have internet access. They are available for $189 CAD plus taxes for Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2, 2017. The rates may be extended to three days by adding a day before or after the event, depending on availability.

A one-night non-refundable deposit will be taken upon reservation. Check-in: 3 pm; check-out: noon.

Deadline for making a room reservation is May 2, 2017. But book early, especially if you want to spend extra time in Montreal, because the Grand Prix is the very next weekend.


One and a half blocks away from the conference hotel. Rooms start at $55. Visit YWCA

McGill Residences

McGill has a number of residences, with choice of conveniences and prices. Note that they do not have “Grand Prix price” dates listed yet. The Grand Prix starts the weekend following our conference, but the tourists start arriving earlier, so dates may include our weekend.

1. New Residence Hall, 3625 avenue du Parc

One of the more modern residences. Private bathrooms, air conditioning, etc. Many small restaurants, a bakery, coffee shops as well as an adjacent cinema and small mall.

2. La Citadel, 410 Sherbrooke West.

McGill’s newest residence, two blocks east of of its main campus. Hotel style; all the mod cons.

3. Royal Victoria College, 3425 University Street

Very basic accommodations just across the street from McGill’s downtown campus just north of Sherbrooke St.  Shared washrooms, no air conditioning (unlikely to be a problem in early June). About fifteen minute walk to conference hotel.

Public Transit from the Airport to Your Hotels

It’s convenient, relatively fast, and cheap. Download this one=page guide to get to any of the above residences from the airport.


A TV program about indexing

Posted on: March 19th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

In 2000, Kate Mertes was on Book TV, talking to producer Connie Doebele about indexes and the business of indexing.

It’s a fun 20 minutes. I thought it would be good to share with loved ones, prospective clients, and anybody you know who is curious about indexing.

Kate mentions that she is a fast indexer. She has shared her techniques with us many times. Meet Kate in person when she talks about efficient terms, at the conference in Montreal June 2-3.

Do we know what readers need?

Posted on: March 12th, 2017 by JoAnne Burek

Did you read Valerie Nesset’s article in the June 2016 issue of The Indexer? It was on the findings of a study of the information search behaviors of elementary school children, and it offered new insights on index usability.

Dr. Nesset’s area of research is information-seeking behavior and information literacy. She’ll be sharing even more insights when she presents “Indexing for our users, not ourselves” at the ISC/SCI Conference June 2-3 in Montreal.