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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 your subject area for 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.


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.

Conference 2021 :: Congrès 2021 – Virtual

Join us from the comfort of your home for our first online conference

Register for Conference

Already registered? Visit the Conference Welcome page.

This conference will give you a variety of topics to help you improve your indexing practice and make your business thrive, including:

  • Creating an award-winning index, from a panel of Ewart-Daveluy award winners
  • Editing your index to take it to the next level
  • Building client relationships
  • Quoting on projects
  • The new NISO standard for indexes (NISO is the National Information Standards Organization)
  • And more

As well, we will have

  • Keynote speaker Raegan Swanson from The ArQuives (The Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives)
  • Jenny Higgins, former Wikipedian-in-Residence at Memorial University in Newfoundland
  • Announcement of the winner of the Ewart-Daveluy Award for Indexing Excellence

Each day there will be lots of fun activities to help you meet your fellow indexers.

Special for New Indexers

New indexers can register for the Fireside Chat hosted by Stephen Ullstrom and Margaret DeBoer. This group session is your opportunity to ask your burning questions on transitioning from student to practicing indexer.

Can’t make the whole conference?

Sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees.

Speakers

Raegan Swanson

Queering Archival Spaces and Description: LGBTQ2+ Community history and language at The ArQuives

Jenny Higgins

Something Wikid This Way Comes …
to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies

Mary Coe

In my mind’s eye, I’m turning
the page
How do readers make sense of active e-book indexes?

Kate Mertes

The Autobiography of an Indexing Relationship

Max McMaster

Quoting on Projects

Christine Jacobs

The Polished Index: Upping your Indexing Game

Pierke Bosschieter

Pre-emptive Preliminaries
or
How to build a satisfying client relationship

Judi Gibbs

Pilar Wyman

Indexing Standards. See NISO

Mary Coe

Bec Muir

The Spark is Curiosity: Becoming Practitioner-Researchers

Judy Dunlop

Mary Newberry

Audrey McClellan

Carla DeSantis

Anna Olivier

François Trahan

The Road to the Ewart-Daveluy Award

Optional Program for New Indexers

Stephen Ullstrom

Margaret De Boer

Fireside Chat

Conference Registration

Payment of conference fees gives you access to three days of workshops and events, plus access to all the recorded sessions for 12 months.

MembersNon-MembersStudentsFireside Chat
(optional)
Early Bird$60$100$35$10
After April 30$75$100$25$10
Register for Conference

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