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Conference 2018: ‘Change and continuity’

University of Lancaster, 9–10 September 2018

The essential practice of indexing remains the same – analysing the text, devising headings and structuring the index to enable users to access the information as easily as possible. But the business of working as a professional indexer has changed out of all recognition since the Society was founded in 1957 – and it continues to change.  Through a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops and seminars, this year’s conference, with its twin themes of change and continuity, aims to help you hone your existing skills and find out about new techniques. Running alongside the conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), the event will enable you to network and socialise with a wider range of publishing freelancers.

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the University of Lancaster in the Charles Carter Building, with B&B in Cartmel College and Barker House Farm (see the campus map).

Booking arrangements

Booking is now open, with early-bird rates available until 7 June. Before booking, you will find it useful to read the pre-booking information.

SI members should ensure that they are logged into the website to see members’ prices.

Pre-conference workshop

A pre-conference workshop, ‘Taking the plunge’, for newly qualified indexers and students nearing the end of the training course will take place on Sunday 9 September, starting at 11 a.m. The price of £87.50 includes lunch. More information and link to booking form on the workshops page.

Provisional conference programme

The detailed programme is currently being finalised and this page will be updated regularly.

Sunday 9 September

Following registration and tea/coffee (from 3 p.m.), the conference will begin with a set of informal ‘ice-breaking’ discussion groups, followed by a plenary session with a guest speaker. There will also be opportunities to meet up with local group members and/or social media contacts. The evening drinks reception and gala dinner will be a joint event with the SfEP, with SI President Sam Leith as after-dinner speaker.

Monday 10 September

The morning will begin with a series of workshops and seminars, including

  • Index-Manager (hands-on session)
  • Managing client relations (negotiation, scheduling, crisis management)
  • Marketing the profession (promoting indexing and your own indexing business)
  • Peer reviews

Followed by the AGM and ‘Society Business’ discussion.

The afternoon will consist of plenary sessions, including a joint plenary with the SfEP and a session on ebooks and embedded indexing that will help you to understand the options available in this fast-changing field.

Booking for workshops and seminars will open during July on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.