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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.


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

Conference Blog

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!