I’m JoAnne Burek and I’m passionate about books and making the information in them easy to find. I help my clients look their best through their written communications, by creating indexes for their books to make them more useful and attractive to readers.

Prior to freelancing, I worked for 35 years in the information technology industry as a programmer, internal auditor, business analyst, pricer, and writer and editor of business proposals and contracts.

Over the years I have learned to be empathetic with my customers. As an indexer, I use this skill to put myself in the place of the reader, because a good index is written for the reader’s needs. At the same time, I use empathy to maintain the voice and direction of my client, the author, to further guide the connection to the audience.

I have many personal interests and I like to dig deeply. The domestic arts, architecture, art, nature, European history, and antiquarian book-collecting are among my favourite topics. (Check out my library ).

For fun, I attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Culinary Bootcamps and Artisan Bread-baking course. I cook meals from scratch and I bake bread every week. I also hike, garden, knit, and sew, and I travel extensively for food, art, history, and local culture.

When I’m not indexing, I write copy for businesses and my hiking club.

If you have any questions about my qualifications and experience, please ask me.

Education and Professional Associations

  • Masters in Business Administration, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), University of Alberta
  • Indexing: Theory and Application course, University of California Berkeley
  • Member of the Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI), currently Communications Director and Web Developer