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Re: [BKARTS] AIC Stuff

Exactly right.  They are looking at the AIC's view.  If you have a
chance, ask some AIC members their oppinions of conservators who
work outside their organization.  The majority will most likely give
an answer that, if viewed honestly, simply reinforces their apparent
but false mystique and elite view of their membership. It's like the
Magician's Guild trying to protect their trade from the

----- Original Message -----
From: jane brown <brownjm@xxxxxxxx>
Date:         Mon, 15 Sep 2003 14:22:02 -0400
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      [BKARTS] AIC Stuff

> I find the certification discussion very interesting, so if
> you are not interested, delete this message now.
> My view comes from both sides, as one who does book and paper
> conservation (AIC does not recognize me and I'm not a member
> of the organization), and as a person who has used conservators
> both personally and professionally.
> I agree with Peter on many aspects of his view, but he lives
> in an area of the country that has a larger concentration of
> conservators than I do.  I live in the deep south and though
> there is a great interest in history in our area, there are
> very few conservators and those we have are mostly apprentice
> trained.
> My concern is that if the public looks for certified conservators
> that those who work in our area will never be able to handle the
> work and therefore the public will again turn to perhaps those less
> qualified or certainly uncertified.  The public (in my area of the
> country), based on my experience, is more interested in getting the
> conservation work done in a timely, economical manner than wait on the best
> and pay more.
> I guess, to some degree, this does not matter to the certified
> conservators,
> except that they will find that they are asked to "redo" the work of the
> poorer conservators at a later time.
> I have recently been exposed to a "degree recipient" who has not found
> a job (attended graduate school so that there would be a wider range of job
> opportunities).  There may be multiple reasons for this, but, one of the
> reasons is
> that now that training is complete, book restoration and conservation are
> no longer the primary interest and the new interest is book art. Nothing
> against
> book artists, just not necessarily who institutions are hiring.
> The short version of all this is that there are two or more sides to this
> issue and, in my view, AIC is only looking at one.
> Jane Brown
> brownjm@xxxxxxxx
> Charleston, SC

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