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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.


New ASI course

ASI has announced a new series of online learning, “The Queen of Sciences—Indexing Theology, Spirituality, and Religion”. This 3-part course is given by Kate Mertes and runs on October 13, 20, and November 3. The session topics are

  • Session 1 – Introduction to indexing religious material
  • Session 2 – Acquiring and using specialized knowledge
  • Session 3 – Practicum on theological indexing

Visit the ASI course page for details and registration. Members: be sure to look up and register with the discount code for “ASI online learning” found on the membership benefits page.

Dennis Duncan to speak at 2022 Conference

Following the success of the 2021 conference, ISC/SCI will again be holding the annual conference online, with dates to be announced soon. And so we are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2022 Annual Indexing Conference will be Dennis Duncan, author of the newly released book Index, A History of the.

Charting its curious path from the monasteries and universities of thirteenth-century Europe to Silicon Valley in the twenty-first, Dennis Duncan reveals how the index has saved heretics from the stake, kept politicians from high office and made us all into the readers we are today. We follow it through German print shops and Enlightenment coffee houses, novelists’ living rooms and university laboratories, encountering emperors and popes, philosophers and prime ministers, poets, librarians and – of course – indexers along the way. Revealing its vast role in our evolving literary and intellectual culture, Duncan shows that, for all our anxieties about the Age of Search, we are all index-rakers at heart, and we have been for eight hundred years.

Dennis Duncan is a writer, translator, lecturer in English at University College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has published numerous academic books, including Book Parts and The Oulipo and Modern Thought, as well as translations of Michel Foucault, Boris Vian, and Alfred Jarry. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books, and recent articles have considered Mallarmé and jugs, James Joyce and pornography, and the history of Times New Roman.

The Summer 2021 Bulletin is here

The post-conference issue of the Bulletin is here. In this issue: Tere Mullin reports on the 2021 Virtual Conference “Indexing Unlimited”, Janet Perlman looks back on what indexing was like before computers, Siusan Moffat explains sensitivity reading of Indigenous content, meet this year’s winners of the Ewart-Daveluy and the Tamarack awards, the bursary winner, and the Emeritus winner, and more.

ANZSI’s latest newsletters

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

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2021 Tamarack Award: Siusan Moffat

Toronto: The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the Tamarack Award. Siusan Moffat (Toronto) is being recognized for her contribution and commitment to the society.

Siusan was chosen for her drive to help ISC/SCI be more representative of the diversity present in Canada. Siusan’s colleagues had the following to say about her:

She took the Truth and Reconciliation Commission work to heart, and used her passionate energy to found The Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (TIDE). She has consistently looked for ways to get the word out about indexing to people from marginalized or otherwise underrepresented groups who might be interested.

The TIDE committee is accomplishing something wonderful, and this is thanks in large part to Siusan—from Bulletin articles to webinars to the Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary, now seeing its second year. Thank you, Siusan, for your hard work that is affecting real people. And thank you for so positively affecting me, as a colleague, team member, and friend.

She was additionally a hard-working and diligent member of the Executive Committee, and in every instance, I found her to be a kind and compassionate colleague to work with.

“I am thrilled to present this award to Siusan, and we are honoured to have her as a member of our society,” said Alexandra Peace, President. “Thank you, Siusan, for all you have given to the society and its membership.”

The Tamarack Award was instituted to recognize members who go “above and beyond the call of duty” in their volunteer work for the Society.