Joseph Elders says: -
As a curator,
I see reports of staggeringly low quality from these outfits with the magic
words "all work adhered to the guidelines of the Institute of Field
Archaeologists". Presumably the IFA checks the work of the units they give
this status to?  If they don't, well thats not very good is it, and if they
do, why do they allow such shoddy work to pass?

This is the point I was trying to make. Do you, are you able to, reject
these reports of low quality?

I work as a freelance and did not join to increase my chances of getting a
job and am past caring about career structures.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jenny Vaughan [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2001 11:41 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: IFA AMNESTY
> Joseph Elders reasons do seem to be those of most people who don't join.
> In
> actual fact applying does not need to be nearly as onerous as appears from
> the handbook - which is amazingly off putting and needs to be simplified
> if
> the IFA wants to increase its membership - as I keep saying to a colleague
> who has been on the Council. Those who have been in archaeology for years
> must have a few offprints about the place - you don't have to send in
> everything you have ever done (just list as many as you can remember!),
> nor
> do you need to detail every excavation or project you have ever been on
> (the
> last few and relevant years should be sufficient) or produce proof you can
> do absolutely everything mentioned in your AoC.
> The more people that join the better it OUGHT to be and the more it can do
> for the profession as a whole. That's what I tell myself anyway. They are
> setting standards, but "standards and guidance" documents are useless if
> people only pay lip service to them or if work is not monitored properly.
> Monitoring surely is the key and it does not just mean counting IFA
> members
> on the project team and asking if they are working in accordance with IFA
> guidelines. This needs to be addressed more directly. If the IFA can
> create
> a world where shoddy work is rejected and quality gets its rewards more
> will
> join.There are a lot of people out here who are doing good work and ought
> to
> be members.
> The sub is a lot admittedly. And the cost of the conference is ridiculous.
> Jenny
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph Elders <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 06 April 2001 09:34
> Subject: Re: IFA AMNESTY
> I have never joined mainly because the IFA never seems to actually do
> anything useful, and also because applying for Member status involves an
> incredible amount of form-filling and work getting copies of publications
> etc together.  It really would take days. If it would also cost me, on the
> basis you mention, about 200 a year - forget it.
> What did the IFA ever do for me? The only real thing I have noticed is
> that
> they try and block me from employment because I am not a member.  Time the
> IFA was disbanded and re-founded on a different basis altogether.
> Just my personal opinion....
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Catherine Petts [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Friday, April 06, 2001 7:29 AM
> > To:   [log in to unmask]
> > Subject:      IFA AMNESTY
> >
> > I was very surprised to be told by the family archaeologist that the IFA
> > subscription is salary related and that members earning 12K-16K pay 70
> a
> > year and this rises to 140 at 16K and goes up further for higher
> > salaries.
> > If this is correct I am surprised that IFA has any members at all.
> Amnesty
> > or not he will not be rejoining IFA because of the cost and because he
> > does
> > not consider that it offers value for money
> >
> > I belong to two profesional societies, both for professions where the
> > average salary is probably tracking 30K. One is of a similar size and
> > level
> > of operations to IFA and has a flat rate subscription of 80. The other
> is
> > much larger and operates on a far larger scale and has a flat rate
> > subscription of 98. My husband is a Chartered Engineer and a member of
> > one
> > of the main engineering institutes. He pays just over 100 a year, again
> > this is not salary related.
> >
> > If i was offering marketing advice to IFA i would be suggesting that
> their
> > problem was that they had priced their ptoduct out of the market and
> that
> > deep price cuts were necessary if they wanted to increase membership -
> and
> > income.
> >
> > Catherine Petts
> >
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