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Re: [BKARTS] AIC Stuff

On 9/15/03 11:29 AM, "Bruce Levy" <levybooks@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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 non-literati.
> Bruce
> ----- 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

I am a bit confused about the AIC certification discussion. Is this
certification the same as the one proposed within the Guild of Bookworkers
or is it totally independent? Is there a web location where the proposed
qualifications are available?

Frank Lehmann
Lehmann Bindery

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