Amanda Stevens | Curious Indexing and Consulting


I am an indexer and taxonomist who specializes in political subjects such as social justice, activism, sexuality, LGBTQ+ or queer studies, feminism and gender studies, indigenous studies, critical race or ethnic studies, as well as media, technology, ecology, and cultural studies. My extensive training and experience in information management and working with alternative materials and communities have given me the skills and knowledge needed to effectively work with these complex and sensitive topics.

I fell in love with the art of indexing after studying it in the Master of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University. Not long after I completed my Master’s degree in 2008, I started an information management business focused on developing indexes, organizational systems, and controlled vocabularies to guide the selection of terminology for cataloguing and indexing. I believe my information management training and experience gives me a deeper understanding of how people search for information and how to improve discoverability of content thorough organizational tools and systems, such as indexes.

While this background gives me a core set of skills that can be applied to most subject areas, I have particular expertise in social justice-related topics and work that centres marginalized communities and voices, and I am passionate about making this content more accessible and discoverable through thoughtful and thorough indexing. Selecting the right terminology for this content can be complex, as it must be intuitive for diverse readers, true to the author’s vision, and respectful towards the communities that the content is about.

I work with both a range of clients, from publishing companies to authors to collectives, and I can accommodate diverse needs and guidelines. I always delight in learning something new and welcome any and all inquiries.

  • Listing ID: 9713
  • Arts and Humanities: Art and architecture, History, Language and linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion and spirituality, Media studies
  • Economy, politics and law: General, Business, Government and politics
  • Health and medicine: Alternative health, Psychology and mental health, Health Care
  • Industry and technology: Agriculture, Horticulture, Communications, Energy, Information services and technology, Natural resources, Transportation
  • International studies: Africa, Asia, Canadian studies, Europe, Developing countries, Australia and Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, United States, International relations
  • Lifestyle and Leisure: Fashion, Food and drink, Gardening, Crafts, Animals and pets, Interior design and decorating, Travel and tourism, Personal development
  • Sciences: Ecology and environment, Information science
  • Society: Anthropology, Indigenous peoples, Culture, Education, Family, Gender studies, Senior studies, Child studies, Social activism, Sociology and social services, Urban studies
  • Materials - Books: Scholarly books, Trade monographs, Biographies and memoirs, Art and photography, Children and young adult, Cookbooks, Guidebooks, Textbooks, Manuals and how-to books, Software and technical manuals, Catalogues and directories, Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and glossaries
  • Materials - Other: Academic papers and essays, Government materials, Reports, Periodicals and almanacs, Websites, Databases, Multimedia, Personal files and correspondence, Pictures and illustrations
  • Other Skills: Abstracting, Taxonomies and thesaurus construction, Metadata, Information management, Consulting, Teaching/training, Editing, Proofreading, Research and fact-checking, Writing