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Re: [BKARTS] AIC Stuff

I pretty much agree with everything Jane has said.  I think that most
conservators and restorators practicing today are apprentice-trained.
And as for bench experience, I believe that nothing substitutes for
bench experience.  Nevertheless, bench skills don't answer all

AIC is indeed pretty myopic about the number of people operating "out
there", who are not members.  This isn't unexpected, after all,
reflecting pretty normal organizational behavior.

Like Jane's, my area is under-blessed, but we do have some fine
practitioners, however, so the isolation is not total.  I really don't
see certification changing the balance of work very much, or even
affecting the quality of work done, except that re-certification will
require continuing education (not a bad idea).  There will still be bad
work that someone will have to re-do.

Carol P
Eugene, OR

On Monday, September 15, 2003, at 11:22 AM, jane brown wrote:

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

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
and pay more.

I guess, to some degree, this does not matter to the certified
except that they will find that they are asked to "redo" the work of
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
reasons is
that now that training is complete, book restoration and conservation
no longer the primary interest and the new interest is book art.
book artists, just not necessarily who institutions are hiring.

The short version of all this is that there are two or more sides to
issue and, in my view, AIC is only looking at one.

Jane Brown
Charleston, SC

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