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Re: [BKARTS] AIC stuff

Yes Peter, I understand what you're saying but as things seem to be
going (AIC certification) an organization might get funding, and a
"certified" conservator might do the work, but if the AIC is the
certifying agent I can guarentee that much of the work performed
will STILL BE of inferior quality, despite the certification.

I've worked with conservators that came through programs
succesfully,and would be prime candidates for certification
according to the AIC direction, but at the same time some of these
people should'nt be allowed to touch a book of importance.

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Verheyen <verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:         Mon, 15 Sep 2003 11:41:37 -0400
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      Re: [BKARTS] AIC stuff

> One area where certification might "help" is in getting funding for
> conservation work. Many organizations are reluctant to fund conservation
> because they feel that there are "no standards" and criteria by which to
> determine who is qualified to do the work.
> Granted certification won't guarantee that either, but from their point of
> view it could make it easier to consider funding a project because the
> conservator "meets" certain criteria.
> One of the big questions for me is what is the test. Unless a test is
> specialty specific it will have to be unnessarily superficial, and without
> a hands-on component almost meaningless. It would also be complex to
> administer and expensive.
> A purely written, very general test would, however, be much easier to
> devise and administer.
> A question is, does the public care, and would it be willing to pay for
> this, because those costs would be passed on?
> In a perfect world, what would people expect from certification program?
> (Saying it isn't needed isn't an option, even if that was true)
> p.
> ******************************
> Philobiblon: Book Arts Different by Design
> Peter D. Verheyen
> <mailto:verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> <http://www.philobiblon.com>

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