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 who works in the subject area of your project.

Find resources

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

Attend an event

Attend a local meeting of indexers or attend the annual conference.

Become a member

Join the Society and enjoy the benefits of membership.

Lending Library

We are excited to announce that the ISC/SCI Lending Library is now open!

As of today, May 1st, our ISC/SCI website contains a page for the lending library. You may access it here.

On this page, you will find:

  • a book list;
  • the library policy;
  • and the request form.

Please remember to take the time to review the policy before you submit your request form.

Don’t see a resource that you were hoping to? Email us. We can add it to the list of books we are looking to add to the collection.

Do you have books taking up shelf space that you think would provide great information to your fellow indexers? Email us. We would be grateful to talk you about a possible donation.

Due to cost and copyright laws, this membership benefit is only available to members who reside in Canada.

We are excited to launch this new program and we hope that you are too!

The ISC/SCI Library Committee

Early Bird Conference Pricing Ends Sunday

Time is running out if you want to save on your registration for the ISC/SCI conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Register by Sunday, April 30 to receive the Early Bird discount on your conference registration.

Register today for the June 9-10 Conference as well as any of these optional events:

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023 Puffin-Palooza – A boat tour to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to more than four million breeding seabirds and North America’s largest colony of Atlantic Puffins.
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023 Iceberg Quest – Experience Cape Spear, Cabot Tower, and Fort Amherst from the sea, in an area that has the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales.
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023 Fireside Chat – A one hour session for new indexers. Bring your burning questions about transitioning from student to practicing indexer.
  • Friday, June 9, 2023 Awards Banquet – Meet and socialize with your colleagues and their guests, and celebrate the winners of the Ewart-Daveluy award for excellence in indexing and the Tamarack award for service to ISC/SCI.
  • Sunday, June 11, 2023 Live Indexing Workshop – Award-winning indexer Stephen Ullstrom will index a scholarly article he has not previously read, and discuss his process as he works.

Visit the conference page for more details.

ISC/SCI Members Receive the DReam to Index Scholarship

Congratulations to Jess Herdman, Jessica Dee Humphreys, and Wendy Savage of ISC/SCI, Anna Aridome of ISC/SCI and ASI, and Lara Abed of ASI on their win of the DReam to Index Scholarship.

From the DReam to Index team:

The winners will all receive a scholarship to attend indexing conferences. David K. Ream provided invaluable support to indexers, publishers, institutes and corporations, government offices, and the information industry at large. His significant accomplishments continue to have impact for all his clients and all who benefited from his skills and knowledge. He strongly supported the education of those entering the field of indexing and would be proud to know that these new indexers are benefiting from his legacy.

ASI Conference 2023: “The Eyes Have It”


APRIL 28–29, 2023. Presented by the American Society of Indexers

Indexers view books with a unique perspective. They look for concepts and ideas that readers seek and determine the best ways to help them find what they’re looking for. This year’s ASI conference considers the indexer perspective—past, present, and future. By taking a look back, indexers can discover how their work has been informed. Real-world insights help indexers enhance the skills they use on a daily basis. A glimpse ahead foretells how indexers will fit into the future landscape of publishing.

You’ll see two highly engaging keynote speakers: Jennifer Parrucci, senior taxonomist, gives an insider look at metadata at the New York Times and how news content is organized; Olga Brudastova, President of Local 2110, reveals what we can learn from the recent HarperCollins strike.

Attendees may choose from four bonus sessions on indexing software that give users an over-the-shoulder peek at the tips and tricks experts use.

Join us for this informative and interesting view of the world of indexing. Register now to ensure your seat.

  • Eight sessions about indexing and the business of indexing
  • Preconference—Fred Leise will teach a three-hour Introduction-to-Indexing Workshop on April 27, 2023 Separate registration required. Limited seating
  • Bonus: Software sessions. Focus your gaze on tips and tricks of your indexing software of choice via screen sharing from an expert moderator!

Click to view the 2023 Conference Program and to REGISTER.

ISC/SCI members are eligible for a discount using the code found in the Member Dashboard.

ISC/SCI Webinar “Arabic Names, Indexing of”

Indexing Arabic names is challenging even for indexers who read Arabic. On Tuesday, March 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time, we are hosting a webinar that we hope will help solve that problem. The webinar is free and is open to members only.

In this webinar Ælfwine Mischler will present on the following:

  • differences between modern and premodern names
  • the definite article
  • letters ayn and hamza
  • names that must not be split
  • titles and honorifics
  • which name to use as the entry point
  • resources for indexers

Ælfwine is an American copyeditor and indexer living in Cairo, Egypt. She works primarily on Islamic studies and Middle East studies books and has written a series of seven blog posts in American Editor about editing romanized Arabic in English texts and other posts on indexing. Ælfwine is also an ISC/SCI member.

To get the most out of the webinar, Ælfwine recommends that you prepare with these articles in her Romanized Arabic in English Texts series, written for editors:

The 1 1/4 hour presentation will include a question-and-answer session. Attendees will be muted but will be able to ask questions using the chat box. Ælfwine will also take your questions before the webinar if you send them to by March 7.

The presentation (but not the Q&A) will be recorded. Once the recording is downloaded, it will be made available for purchase ($10) to all ISC/SCI members.

Register Now!