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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 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.


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Press Release: Mary Newberry Mentorship Program

Today we made the great announcement to our industry contacts and affiliated societies. The press release is below.

Included in the announcement is our new web page for the mentorship program.

Toronto, Canada, September 4, 2018

ISC/SCI announces mentorship program for indexers

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.

To learn more about the program, contact Stephen Ullstrom (mentorship@indexers.ca) or visit indexers.ca/resources/mentorship.

2018 Conference Survey

Please follow the link below to complete the anonymous online survey by July 16.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYG8FGH

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 communications@indexers.ca

https://indexers.ca/conference-presentations/

These files will be available until September 30. More files may be added, so please check back before the end of September.

Tamarack Award 2018: Christopher Blackburn

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.

Thank you and congratulations, Chris!

Margaret de Boer

Senior Co-President

Alexandra Peace

Junior Co-President

Ruth Pincoe (Ruth is a past president and instituted the Tamarack Award in 2004), Christopher Blackburn (2018 Tamarack Award recipient), Margaret de Boer (Senior Co-president)

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