Student Docents

In the Spring of 2022 the Special Collections Building will recruit a new class of participants for the Student Docent Program. Our goal is to recruit UGA undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to leading engaging tours of the exhibit galleries for visitors of all ages. Participants in the program will develop skills in archival research, public speaking, and community outreach. They will also gain valuable work experience in both archive and museum settings.

Students accepted to the program will complete a five week training program (10 hours), learning about the collections on display as well as techniques for creating custom tour stops and gallery games. Applicants who complete the initial training will then work at Special Collections during the summer of 2022 researching and writing tour scripts (100 hours). During the following academic year, student docents will be paid to lead guided tours of the gallery spaces.

NOTE:

Applicants to the program should be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Georgia who can commit to participating in the program for one year (through Spring 2023).

If you have any questions, please contact our Program Co-Directors:

Anna Nolan
annan@uga.edu or call 706-542-6367

Jan Hebbard
jhebbard@uga.edu or call 706-542-5788
 

Community Docent Program

The Special Collections Building docent corps is a specially trained group of volunteers who provide tours of the library galleries to visiting groups of all ages, ranging from fifth graders to adults. Docents are trained to highlight permanent parts of the gallery space, as well as rotating exhibitions.

Participation in the Docent Program requires a substantial commitment of time and energy on the part of volunteers, but it is tremendously rewarding. A ten week training program provides an opportunity for docents to meet curators, archivists, and other special collections staff, learn a great deal about the collections and teaching techniques, and become familiar with the full workings of the building. Follow-up meetings throughout the year provide opportunities to learn about new content in the galleries and ongoing programming initiatives. We are currently not accepting applications for this program at this time.