Indexing Society of Canada
133 Major Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2K9
The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is Canada’s national association of indexers. Established in 1977 as the Indexing and Abstracting Society of Canada / Société canadienne pour l’analyse de documents (IASC/SCAD), we changed our name in 2006 to reflect the fact that indexing is the major specialty of our members.
Our mission is to
• encourage the production and use of indexes;
• promote the recognition of indexers;
• improve indexing techniques;
• provide a means of communication among individual indexers across Canada.
Our vision is “Accessible information; informed people.”
As indexers, we are acutely aware that our work comes at the end of the publication process, and we deal with the text as it was written. To make the information in the text accessible to readers with only an A-Z list of entries takes skill, practice, and tenacity. The ISC/SCI serves its members and the public by providing resources and opportunities to learn about indexes, to refine indexing skills, and to offer collegial support and camaraderie.
On our website, we maintain a list of resources on indexing and indexes. These include books, courses, journals, forums, and more.
Our newsletter, the Bulletin is published three times a year. Back issues are available to the public.
Find an Indexer
Anyone who needs an index written can find an indexer in the Register of Indexers Available on our website. The Register is searchable by language (English and French), subject area, type of material, and keyword. Also included is information on how to hire and indexer.
Each spring, we hold our two-day national conference. Members and public are treated to Canadian and international speakers on the topics of indexing, publishing, and the business of freelancing.
Our regional groups host meetups throughout the year.
The Ewart-Daveluy Award is presented each year to an individual who has created an index that demonstrates outstanding expertise, ability to analyze complex text and ability to design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text.
We maintain close ties with the global indexing community both formally, through an international agreement, and informally through our sharing of education, news, and attendance at national conferences.
ISC/SCI membership is open to individuals and institutions anywhere in the world. Full-time students are offered a discounted rate.