The Mary Newberry Mentorship Program

ISC/SCI developed the Mary Newberry Mentorship Program in 2018. Stephen Ullstrom had the idea for the program and he and Linda Christian were the first co-coordinators. The Society named the program after ISC/SCI member Mary Newberry in recognition of her many years of mentorship and teaching.


The goals of the program are as follows:

  • To assist new indexers to develop their skills and business.
  • To assist mature indexers to develop a new discipline or skill.
  • To provide an additional resource for indexers in remote communities, who may not have access to other resources or indexing communities.
  • To foster relationships between new and mature ISC/SCI members, and to encourage greater involvement in the indexing community.
  • To promote excellence in indexing.


ISC/SCI requires both mentors and mentees to be ISC/SCI members.

Mentorship is one-on-one, over a two-month period, with the option to renew. It starts with the partners documenting the expectations and parameters of the mentorship into a mentorship agreement. This could include the focus of mentorship, how, when, and how often the partners will meet, and what the parameters of success are.

The mentee pays a small fee of $100, most of which is an honorarium for the mentor. The Society would like the program to be affordable to ISC/SCI members while also acknowledging the commitment needed from the mentor.

We do our best to find an appropriate mentor, though we cannot guarantee a match or that a mentor will be available right away.

If you are interested in finding a mentor, or if you would like to be a mentor, we invite you to learn more about the mentorship program and apply.