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.

Find an indexer

Find an indexer in your subject area for your project.

Find resources

Find information about indexes, indexing practices, and training in indexing.

Attend an event

Visit an indexing get-together in your region or attend the annual conference.

Become a member

Join the Society and enjoy the benefits of membership.

National Indexing Day

Congratulations to the Society of Indexers on organizing their fourth annual National Indexing Day on March 31. They are holding a half-day conference on book indexing that will be of interest to editors and anyone else in the publishing industry.

If you have friends and colleagues near London, England, why not let them know. Here’s a link to the press release.

Newfoundland: What to see, do and read

Newfoundland dog stamp

The conference in Newfoundland is just 15 weeks away. Have you thought about what you’re going to do on your visit?

Our conference planning team member and Newfoundland resident, Trine Schioldan, has put together a few lists to help you make the most of your time there.

About this stamp: Before Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, they printed their own stamps. This one celebrates the Newfoundland working dog and can be purchased from collectors like this one.

What to see and do in St. Johns and beyond has something for everyone—from arts and history to archeology, and wildlife. (Curious about Newfoundland’s historical role in aging port wine? It’s on the list.)

Reading is the next best way to immerse yourself in an area’s history and culture. Newfoundland and Labrador Books: Recommended Reading brings together a collection of historical and modern favourites about Newfoundland and the people who live there.

And finally, don’t forget to check out and bookmark the province’s own tourism website at newfoundlandandlabrador.com. It’s comprehensive and beautiful.

ISC/SCI announces new bursary for diversity

The Indexing Society of Canada / Société  canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) has announced its Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary.

This bursary is part of the ISC/SCI’s special program to contribute to filling a proven lack of diverse voices and the demand for them in the Canadian publishing industry by helping to achieve equality of opportunity for aspiring indexers belonging to underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.

The application deadline for the 2020 bursary is April 1. It will be granted to one person and will cover fees for an approved indexing program, two years of ISC/SCI membership with listing, and entry into the Mary Newberry Mentorship program.

Please check out the bursary application for more information, including eligibility requirements. Pass this information far and wide!

The program is administered by the ISC/SCI Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee (TIDE). To learn more, visit the committee page or contact tide@indexers.ca.

A different kind of team-building

Before I became an indexer, I worked for a company that made long-term services contracts with large companies. At the start of each engagement, we formed a deal team consisting of specialists—sales, solution designers, finance, and legal. The next thing we did was have a kickoff meeting where we introduced ourselves and our roles and talked about the deal’s goals. The meeting was often followed by a dinner and a social so that the deal team members could “bond”. Those were fun times, even for the introverts, which was almost everyone except the sales and legal people, for some weird reason.

Getting a book published is a big deal too, especially for the author. Perhaps the publisher and the author start with some kind of “deal team” formation, with a kickoff meeting and socializing. If there is, we indexers wouldn’t know. We swoop in near the end of the engagement. If there were any bonding moments, we missed them.

And what indexer would have the time for that kind of team building anyway?

Instead, there’s another way to begin a satisfying relationship with your client. And Pierke Bosschieter is going to show us how, when you come to the conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland this June 12-13. Visit the conference page for details.

Wikipedia Matters

When Wikipedia launched in 2001, it was almost a free-for-all. What a concept! Anybody can contribute and anybody can edit this free and open resource that aimed to be a living collection of the world’s knowledge.

But the question on everyone’s mind was, how do you control the accuracy of the information? Indeed, there were digital dust-ups in the earlier years as writers and editors fought back and forth over ideological slants, as well as inaccuracies and nonsense. Wikipedia was forced to work through these battles, and as a result, they’ve implemented sophisticated processes and controls for creating, editing, and reviewing articles.

Wikipedia now has 6 million articles on just the English site alone. If you’re a notable subject, meaning you have attracted attention for a significant period of time, you should be in there. And if you’re in there, what’s written about you had better be complete and accurate because that’s where online researchers look first.

Some adorable notables (Robert Havell Jr. W. H. Coverdale Collection. Library and Archives Canada, C-040540k / )

The Centre for Newfoundland Studies (CNS) at Memorial University recognized this when they thought about the availability of research on Newfoundland and Labrador. And so, last fall, historian Jenny Higgins was named CNS’s first Wikipedian-in-Residence. You can hear about Jenny’s adventures in bringing depth to articles when she speaks at the conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland June 12-13. Register now and get your early bird discount.

Register now at the conference page and get your early bird discount.

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