Ewart-Daveluy Award Submissions: Deadline Extended to March 10

Thinking of submitting for an award? You have more time!

We have extended the deadline to March 10, 2021 to send the nomination form. Last year we had a record number of applications, and we hope to have even more this year.

It has never been easier to apply. The submission costs $30. You will need to send a PDF of the published book, and if you wish, you may also submit the documents you sent to your publisher. The award is open to Canadians and residents of Canada, and the book must have been published in 2019 or 2020.

Feedback will be provided to up to three runners-up. Our committee of five experienced indexers will work together to identify index features that shine and those that need a bit more polishing. This year, our guest reviewer is Kate Mertes, a frequent conference speaker and two-time winner of the ASI indexing award.

You have lots to gain. If you win, you can feel more confident in your skills. And if you don’t win, you are very likely to get expert feedback to help you become an even better indexer.

Learn more about the award process and guidelines.

Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the ISC/SCI Annual Conference is now open.

Take advantage of these early bird rates for the three-day virtual conference:

  • Members (including ASI, ANSZI, SI, all other affiliates and Editors Canada): $60
  • Non-members: $100
  • Special rate for eligible full-time students: $35
  • Optional Fireside Chat for new indexers: $10

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

The conference speakers cover a variety of topics to help you improve your indexing practice, make your business thrive, and expand your knowledge of issues pertinent to our industry. Visit the conference page for the list of speakers and topics.

There will also be opportunities to meet up with old friends and chat with new ones.

Register now before Early Bird pricing ends April 30.

Save the Date for the ISC Virtual Conference May 27- 29, 2021

The ISC/SCI is thrilled to announce that our next annual conference is taking place from the comfort of your home from May 27 to 29, 2021. The theme is “Indexing Unlimited”.

The conference sessions will cover a variety of topics to help you improve your indexing practice and make your business thrive.

One new feature is designed especially for new indexers. The online Fireside Chat will give you the opportunity to talk in a group setting with an experienced indexer on your transition from student to practicing indexer.

Of course, networking has always been an important component of the annual conference. The Conference Committee wants you to know that this year will be no different. Plans are in the works for activities that will help you meet new friends and catch with up with old ones.

Conference registration opens soon. Visit the conference page for details.

Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary

The Indexing Society of Canada (ISC) is pleased to announce its Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary

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

Indexing is a specialized field, involving close reading, analysis, and organization. Beyond writing back-of-book indexes, indexers use their skills in areas as diverse as embedded (digital) indexing, metadata and database maintenance, cataloguing, glossary writing, thesaurus construction, and project management, to name only a few! Indexing provides endless opportunities for learning, professional exploration, and growth, aided by offerings of the Indexing Society of Canada and other societies worldwide, welcoming individuals from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds.

In 2020 we awarded this bursary to Sandra Muchekeza and we are very excited to assist on her journey in the indexing world.

The application deadline for the 2021 bursary is April 1. It will be granted to one person and will cover fees for an approved indexing program, two years of ISC membership with listing, and entry into the Mentorship program. Please refer to the bursary application for more information, including eligibility requirements.

The ISC and the TIDE (The Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) committee look forward to fostering connections within and outside of the publishing industry while working toward diversification, cultural education, and inclusion. Please share this information with your contacts and join us on this exciting and necessary path—one forged by many thoughtful and hardworking people and organizations before us—toward embracing diversity and expanding our knowledge and understanding together.

Learn more about TIDE

Apply for the bursary :

Contact us: tide@indexers.ca

New Monthly Chat Schedule

The members’ nation-wide monthly video chats have a new schedule. We will be meeting on EITHER the second Saturday of the month OR the second Wednesday of the month in the evening (ish).

Here’s the schedule for the next three months:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 6pm Eastern
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 1pm Eastern
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6 pm Eastern

We are changing up the timing of the chats in order to allow people with busy Saturdays to attend.

Watch the calendar for exact dates of future events. Learn more about the monthly chats.

Hope to see you there!

ANZSI and SI send their latest news

As a member of ISC/SCI, you can read about what our affiliated societies around the world are doing. This month, the U.K.’s Society of Indexers and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers shared their latest newsletters with us.

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Start 2021 with a Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award Submission

Members, signal a change for 2021 by finding the best of your work of 2020 and submitting it for the Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award. Give yourself something good to remember about this difficult year! Deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021.

In 2020, we had a record number of quality applications, so many, we had two winners. So, keep the applications coming.

Think back on the year to that index that carried you away — not necessarily the most complex material, but a book that presented a particular challenge to you as the indexer. One that inspired you to analyze with great efficiency of space, or extreme simplicity as you knew the material would be sought under stress, or creativity because of the author’s unusual presentation. Or one where you think you got it all right

Last year was the first year for the online application. It’s never been easier. You don’t need a hard copy — a PDF of the book with the index is enough. The submission costs $30 and we provide feedback for up to three runners-up. That’s feedback from three experienced indexers.

Show us how you creatively overcame challenges, resulting in an outstanding, well-structured, easy-to-navigate, clear and comprehensive guide for all of its users. And if you think, “No way — I’m too new at this!” Let us point out that one of the 2020 award-winners, Carla DeSantis, had only written one other index. She was hoping for the feedback. The other winner, Anna Olivier, indexing since 2009, submitted a French text. That was a first for the award.

Give us a challenge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Maybe you’ll get the prize (which won’t happen if you don’t apply). And if not, you’re very likely to get expert confidential feedback. That’s worth a lot.

ISC Bulletin and ANZSI latest news

As a member of ISC/SCI, you have access to our Bulletin (published three times a year) and also read what our affiliated societies around the world are doing. This month we published the fall Bulletin and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers shared their latest newsletters with us.

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ISC/SCI member wins the Purple Pen award

The Institute of Certified Indexers has announced that Jess Klaassen-Wright has won the 2020 Purple Pen Competition. Jess’s index appears in the book Deep Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in Sufism and Ifa, Two West African Intellectual Traditions by Oludamini Ogunnaike (to be published in October 2020 by Pennsylvania State University Press).

Jess created an index for this 450-page book which deals with interdisciplinary practice combining the fields of religion and philosophy, a most challenging text for a newer indexer. The judges noted Jess’s work for its attention to detail in a book with many non-English terms and diacritics, and for the web of connections she built through many helpful cross-references, especially linking the foreign phrases to their English synonyms.

Jess Klaassen-Wright

In response to the news of Jess’s award, the author, Oludamini Ogunnaike, wrote: “Jess was amazing. While doing the indexing, she caught several typos and mistakes in the text that the copyeditor and I had missed, and did a remarkable job tracing the arguments and concepts across the book, which is quite long and complicated—involving terms in Arabic, Yoruba, French, and English, and multiple conceptual traditions. Her index has made the book much easier to navigate and provided a sympathetic and insightful guide for readers. I was particularly impressed by the way she tracked distinct, but related concepts across the different traditions discussed, and represented both these distinctions and relations in the index. Ms. Klaasen-Wright was also incredibly professional and worked remarkably swiftly and carefully, I cannot recommend her work highly enough.”

With her undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan (major in English and minors in Spanish and psychology), Jess completed her indexing training at Simon Fraser University and then participated in the Mary Newberry Mentorship Program of the Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI).  In particular, Jess has appreciated the guidance of such well-known indexers as Noeline Bridge and Audrey McClelland. 

Jess completed her first index in 2019 for a scholarly monograph on the history of magic in Elizabethan England. Since then, she has indexed books in local and oral history, biography, Black feminism and feminist theory, English literature, biblical studies, international relations, and agrarian politics and economics. In addition to indexing, she works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader. An active member of the ISC/SCI, she serves on the Society’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee (TIDE).

This is the seventh year that the international contest has been held by ICI, and the fifth time that a Canadian indexer has won the prize. For a list of previous winners, please see certifiedindexers.com.