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Indexing Society of Canada Announces 2020 Award Recipients

June 12, 2020, Toronto: The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is pleased to announce the 2020 award recipients.

Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing

In the award’s fifth year, we are thrilled to note that the outstanding quality of submissions allowed two awards to be presented.

Carla DeSantis was presented with a Ewart-Daveluy Award for her index to Heather Bamford’s Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600, published by University of Toronto Press.

One of the challenges to indexing this book was to correctly identify the array of proper names, titles, and terms spanning a huge range of languages. Carla’s index accomplishes this. In addition, the major themes are well analysed with consistent and informative sub-entries and entries for a considerable and useful gathering of scattered discussions. Of note is that this is only Carla’s second index!

Anna Olivier was presented with a Ewart-Daveluy Award for her indexes to Les générations des Soufis: Tabaqat al-sufiyya de Abu Abd al-Rahman, Muhammad b. Husayn al-Sulamī, translated and presented by Jean-Jacques Thibon, and published by Brill.

The complex text is analyzed and indexed in creative ways. Anna’s indexes were found to be valuable tools for various scholars, including those doing research in the Science of Hadith, and equally useful to linguists, literary critics, and specialists.

Mary Newberry, chair of the judging panel, congratulates the two winners and is pleased that all the submitted entries were of such high quality.

Tamarack Award for Volunteers

Margaret de Boer is being recognized for her contribution and commitment to the society.

Margaret was chosen for her time as president and past president on the executive committee, and for additional time and service spent on many various committees. Margaret’s colleagues had the following to say about her:

She’s calm, thoughtful, and very fair when the time comes to make a decision. Her leadership was always kind-hearted, to the benefit to the executive as well as the full ISC/SCI membership.

Margaret is many things—smart, thorough, thoughtful and courageous; she is an independent thinker. 

Margaret’s diligence and thoroughness are assets to our meetings as she pushes us to ensure that we’re being clear, precise, and productive on whatever issues we deal with.

“I am thrilled to present this award to Margaret, and we are honoured to have her as a member of our society,” said Alexandra Peace, President.

The Tamarack Award was instituted to recognize members who go “above and beyond the call of duty” in their volunteer work for the Society. Past recipients can be found on here.

Agenda and Reports for the Annual General Meeting

ISC/SCI Members, please log in so you can view the agenda and reports for The Annual General Meeting on June 12.

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You can also find these on the Society Administration page.

If you are planning to attend the June 12th meeting, please remember to RSVP to presidents@indexers.ca if you haven’t already done so. Alternatively, you can request a proxy form from presidents@indexers.ca.

Annual General Meeting

ISC/SCI’s 2020 Annual General Meeting and awards announcements will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020, at noon EDT, online via Zoom.

This is not an election year, but we still need membership approval for our draft budget for 2020–2021 fiscal year. The annual report, including financial statements and the proposed budget will be emailed to members and posted here soon.

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What Our Affiliates Are Up To

As a member of ISC/SCI, you can read about what our affiliated societies around the world are doing. This month, the U.K.’s Society of Indexers and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers shared their latest newsletters with us.

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Basic Cyber-security for Working at Home

If you’re an indexer who works from home—which is all of us these days—maintaining your internet and device security is critical. But keeping up to date on best practices is not so easy.

In just an hour you can fix that by watching this recorded webinar called “Basic Cyber-security for Working at Home”. It was given this week by Jon Lewis at CIRA, the not-for-profit domain registry for “.ca” domains, and webnames.ca, the web hosting service that hosts our website indexers.ca.

Using plain language and only the most basic technical terms, it covers WIFI, your personal devices, passwords, backups, and phishing. Jon says this is an especially vulnerable time for computer users, as criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis. And that’s what makes this presentation so timely.

The presentation is on Youtube. If you want the slides, you can download them from webnames.ca’s blog. Next week they plan to post the Q&As from the webinar on the blog.

This information will be added to the Resources/Working from Home page.

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