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Re: [BKARTS] AIC stuff

But what's going to stop those skilled,non-AIC, conservators from taking
the test, passing, and getting their slice of the pie? The process is
supposed to be open to all. That's why it behoves all those not in AIC to
get involved in the process by whatever is appropriate/possible. If
certification becomes a reality, and those not in AIC choose to opt out of
the process and ultimately not apply, then in large measure any
consequences of that, such as not getting a job (contract or otherwise)
because they're not certified will fall on them. I realize that sounds
aweful, but that's what I see the consequence as, and that's why I feel
it's important not simply reject it as out of hand. Remember, the vote was
whether, or not, to go ahead with developing a certification plan, i.e. the
FIRST step.

At 10:53 AM 9/15/2003 -0500, you wrote:
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.

The converse can be true, too. There are also many conservators in AIC who are top rate. The reality is, for conservators in all disciplines, AIC is THE professional organization, for better or worse. That's also why when giving out work, one asks for references, asks to see examples and asks questions, lots of them.

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.




Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator
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