Conference 2020 :: Congrès 2020 – Newfoundland

Conference Cancellation

Given the World Health Organization’s announcement of a pandemic, we have determined to move forward with an abundance of caution. ISC/SCI is cancelling this year’s conference.

We have no plans to hold any online presentations, but intend to hold the conference next year in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Planning for next year’s conference—which we hope to be similar to what we had planned for this year—will start again in September, 2020.

If you registered for the conference, your fees will be refunded to you over the next week. If you do not receive your refund by March 25, please contact

We are sad and disappointed to announce this, but hope that everyone stays safe and well and comes to see us next year in Newfoundland!

June 12-13, 2020

Murray Premises Hotel

5 Becks Cove

St. John’s, Newfoundland


Join us in the friendliest and most down-to-earth place in Canada for our 2020 conference. For two days and during optional events before and after the conference, you will

  • Discover tips and techniques for your indexing practice
  • Explore new insights and ideas for your business
  • Meet and mingle with your colleagues, old and new

The conference venue is the Murray Premises Hotel, a National Historic Site on the St. John’s waterfront. There are many attractions within walking distance, including excellent restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, and history. We’ve negotiated special room rates for conference attendees.

Events and Program

Thursday Activities (optional)

  • Fireside Chat for new indexers – face-to-face help with your burning questions with Stephen Ullstrom and Margaret De Boer. From 2 – 3 p.m. This is a free event.
  • Iceberg Quest Boat Tour – award winning two-hour tour will allow you to witness humpback whales, icebergs, puffins, and views of the island landscape from the sea. From 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Pre-conference dinner – get together with old friends and meet new ones.

Friday Program

  • Mary Norris, long-time copy editor at the New Yorker and author, keynote
  • Christine Jacobs on taking your indexes to the next level
  • Glenda Browne on thesaurus and ontology management
  • “Road to the Ewart-Daveluy Award” with panel of past award-winners
  • Pierke Bosschieter on self-employment (alternative for Hansard indexers is a visit to Legislature of Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Recognition
  • Banquet and Awards (extra)

Saturday Program

  • Max McMaster on indexes for government
  • Jenny Higgins, Wikipedian-in-Residence at Memorial University
  • Colleen Field, Centre for Newfoundland Studies and Memorial University, on periodical databases
  • Kate Mertes on embedding indexes
  • Indexing software representatives
  • Pilar Wyman and Judi Gibbs on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
  • Glenda Browne on the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI)

Saturday Post-Conference Event (optional)

  • We’ll wrap up the conference with a celebration. Details coming soon.

Sunday Workshops (optional)

  • Live Indexing with Kate Mertes, from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Index Manager with Katharina Munk from 9 to 12 p.m.

Conference Registration

Plan your trip

St. John’s is North America’s oldest city, and a place that is on many Canadian travellers’ wish lists. Be sure to plan extra days for whale watching and icebergs, visiting picturesque fishing villages, and experiencing traditions of music, story-telling humour, art, craftsmanship, and Newfoundland cuisine.

Here’s a list of what to see and do in St. Johns and beyond so that you can hit the ground running when you get there.

The next best way to immerse yourself in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and culture is literature. Here’s a list of recommendations by Newfoundland native and fellow indexer Trine Schioldan.

And finally, you’ll want to check out the government’s tourism website. It’s comprehensive and beautiful.


Note: Breakfast will not be provided at the conference. If you are staying at the Murray Premises Hotel, breakfast is included in your room rate. If you are staying at other accommodations, there are plenty of opportunities to find breakfast on the way to the conference. However there will be tea, coffee, snacks and lunch provided during the conference.

Murray Premises Hotel (also Conference Venue)

5 Becks Cove, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H1

Murray Premises Hotel is located in a National Historic Site on the St. John’s waterfront, with rooms radiating character through exposed 19th century wooden beams, contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches. Atmosphere is paired with a prime location: minutes’ walk from restaurants, quaint shops, and other sites.

University Accommodations

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The distance from the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) residences to the conference hotel is a 9 minute taxi ride or a 40-45 minute walk. 

Macpherson College guest rooms at 230 Elizabeth Avenue: Rates begin at $109 per night (single/double occupancy).

Paton College rooms (Hatcher House on Livyers Loop): Rates begin at $69 per night (single/double occupancy).

Bed and Breakfast

Here is a list of nine B&Bs within a 20 minute walk to the conference.

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