Volunteer Role: Docent

The American Bookbinders Museum encourages docents to guide visiting groups through the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. All tours are docent-led with an experiential component, interacting with the equipment. This is a unique opportunity to share the rich and virtually unknown history of bookbinding and its culture.

Additionally, should volunteer docents have specialized knowledge of bookbinding or letterpress printing, they are encouraged to research and create specific tours highlighting this knowledge for museum visitors.

Job Description

Docents take an active role in the development of educational programs by conducting guided tours of the museum for groups of students and adults. Utilizing the techniques of dialogue and inquiry, storytelling and demonstration, museum docents encourage visitors to explore the history of the craft and profession of bookbinding. Tours often include use of machinery; docents are fully trained in safe operation of all museum equipment.

Activities and Responsibilities

Docents will accompany other docents on guided tours to gain knowledge and skills in leading groups. Docents will conduct experiential tours related to all aspects of book creation using the Museum’s fully functional bindery equipment.

Characteristics, Training and Experience

The museum is always looking for volunteer docents who are enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. They should have an interest in working with people and be willing to become actively involved in museum programs. Experience or education in history, art, bookbinding or teaching can be helpful, although not required.

Volunteer Interest Form

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