St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
June 9–10, 2023

Murray Premises Hotel
5 Beck’s Cove, St. John’s, NL

Picture this: Steep streets lined with rows of art-inspiring brightly coloured maritime houses…a historic harbour…a world-class university…whales to watch…and other incredible things to do and see.

And in between all of that, the chance to boost your indexing skills, hone your business practices, and meet and reconnect with fellow indexers.

The Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the Murray Premises Hotel, situated in a National Historic Site on the St. John’s harbour front. Featuring nineteenth-century exposed masonry walls and wood beams, the hotel oozes charm. More about the venue.

Accommodations at the Murray Premises

The Murray Premises Hotel is offering special rates for conference attendees during the conference as well as 5 days before and 5 days after. The room rates before taxes:

  • $179.00 – Traditional Queen Guest Rooms
  • $189.00 – Traditional King Guest Rooms
  • $199.00 – Signature King Guest Rooms
  • $209.00 – Executive (Jacuzzi) Rooms

The room taxes are Tourism Marketing Levy (Room Tax) 4% and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) 15%.

For reservations, email or call reservations at 1-709-738-7773 and quote the group block code (you will receive the code when you register).

Program Highlights

This is shaping up to be an exciting conference, with knowledgeable speakers and topics designed to help you grow your business. From live demonstrations to software explanations and a health session that focuses on one of our most important assets—our eyes—we promise you’ll go home enriched and renewed.

Five sessions on Friday June 9 will be followed by the Annual General Meeting at the end of the afternoon and then the Awards Banquet. Six speakers will be featured on Saturday June 10.

Who’s Coming and What They’ll Be Talking About

  • A Large Press’s View of Indexing, with Palgrave Macmillan. A representative from Palgrave Macmillan will give us the behind-the-scenes view of their operations.
  • Indexing Fast—But Not Furious, Pierke Bosschieter. Learn ways to improve your efficiency and your enjoyment of indexing using non-indexing software and devices.
  • Content Management with Auto-Tagging, Glenda Browne will show us how to use Mondeca to manage  thesaurus, ontology, and auto-tagging.
  • A Musical Interlude, Paula Clarke Bain. Indexing music, from scholarly works on classical music through to modern pop/rock trade biographies and memoirs.
  • William Lost-His-Pants and More Fun with Medieval Names, Jolanta Komornicka. While names and titles for nobility have been well covered in the indexing manuals, the by-names throughout medieval Europe can pose special indexing challenges.
  • Project Management with MS Office: How to Keep Up with Your Workload, Sergey Lobachev. How to manage your workload so that you can retain more clients without losing your sanity.
  • Tips of the Trade, Mary Newberry. Tips and tricks for your indexing business, featuring highlights from Mary’s own experiences.
  • Caring for Your Eyes. Newfoundland And Labrador Association of Optometrists
  • The Tamil Epic and Linked Indexes, Ronnie Seagren. If you know Ronnie, you’ll recall that this book has been an epic in more than one sense of the word.
  • Book Indexing: A Step-By-Step Guide, the writing of. Stephen Ullstrom shares his experience writing his soon-to-be-published (2023) book on indexing.
  • … and more

Live Indexing Workshop, Sunday June 11

Award-winning indexer Stephen Ullstrom will index a scholarly article he has not previously read, and discuss his process as he works. This three-hour workshop is offered in addition to the conference program. The workshop runs from 1:30 to 3:30

Fireside Chat for New Indexers, Thursday June 8

This one hour session is a conference extra that takes place Thursday afternoon with Mary Newberry and Stephen Ullstrom. New indexers are invited to ask their burning questions on transitioning from student to practicing indexer. Collect your snack at 4 p.m. and bring it to the room for a 4:30 start time.

Iceberg Quest Boat Tour, Thursday June 8

Our Thursday icebreaker event involves real icebergs…and maybe whales and puffins too! Join us for a two-hour boat tour with Iceberg Quest from the St. John’s harbour. We’ll experience Cape Spear, Cabot Tower, and Fort Amherst from the sea, in an area that has the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales. The tour is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and it’s fully narrated. Purchase your tickets along with your registration or come back and and add it later. But don’t wait too long … a block of tickets is being held for us until April 30.

Pricing and Registration

Early BirdAfter April 30
Members and Affiliates$300$340
—-Friday or Saturday only$160$180
—-Friday or Saturday only$180$200
—-Friday or Saturday only$90$90
Fireside Chat on Thursday$10$10
Workshop with Stephen Ullstrom on Sunday$45$45
Awards Banquet on Friday evening$65$65
Iceberg Quest Boat Tour Thursday$99
Prices are in Canadian Dollars, all applicable taxes are included

Conference Scholarships for ISC/SCI Members

If you’re a member of ISC/SCI and you live over 1000 km from St. John’s you are eligible to apply for a Conference Scholarship.

Applications close on March 1. See this post for details and the application form.

Conference Blog

Read the announcements and discover things to do in St. John’s (link takes you to