Where are you currently employed?
I am a Supervising Librarian for CBS Television Distribution. I started at Paramount Pictures in December 1990. When Viacom divided the companies in 2010, I was transferred to CBS.
Along with our daily responsibilities, we are working on a Star Trek: The Next Generation project.
Describe Your Job.
The librarians are the gatekeepers to the CBS Archive. We arrange and collate new material per our Standard Operating Procedures. We are responsible for the safekeeping and tracking of the elements in the archive and we assist those who wish to access material from the archive. I like to say, "An asset is only an asset if you can access it."
How did you first become interested in this line of work?
Sheer curiosity. I love history, movies and TV. I was introduced to this line of work by friends.
Who gave you your first break?
Tom Brace, a very close friend, and Mary Winne, my domestic partner to whom I am now legally married. Twenty years ago, Tom was Paramount’s Director of Production Services for Video Operations and Mary was his assistant. They heard of a job opening and got me the opportunity to work in the business.
What was your first union job?
Craft service work! My first week was spent decorating Christmas trees and preparing for the annual Christmas party at Paramount.
Which of your credits or projects have made you the most proud and why?
The archive is our history and entertainment and an art form. It is a cultural reflection of the past and the present and an important forum for social change. I'm proud to be a part of the team that preserves the records from the past to the present and that prepares for future generations.
What was your biggest challenge in your job (or on a particular project) and how did you overcome/solve it?
When my supervisor retired, I had only had two years of experience and I was given her responsibilities. I learned by relying on my mentors Phil Murphy and Robert McCracken. I asked lots of questions and used my organizational skills to learn the procedures and make improvements.
What was the most fun you’ve had at work?
My job is a bit like detective work. I enjoy the challenge of searching for the "lost gems" and the thrill of victory when they're found.
Jobwise, what do you hope to be doing five years from now?
As digitalizing has become extremely important to film preservation, I'm curious what we'll see in the next five years and how we’ll be blending old and new technology to make sure films are preserved for future generations to enjoy.
What are your outside activities, hobbies, passions?
I love to travel. I also love photography, theatre, movies, concerts and creating memories with family and friends.
There are so many, I couldn’t begin to list them.
Favorite TV program(s)?
I Love Lucy, The West Wing, The Good Wife, Brothers and Sisters.
Do you have an industry mentor?
Phil Murphy and Robert McCracken. I'm grateful for the opportunity of working for them for 20 years. Unfortunately, they both retired last year.
What advice would you offer to someone interested in pursuing your line of work?
You have to have an attention to detail, excellent organizational and research skills, along with a passion for making sure everything is in its right place. And realize the important place of your job in this amazing business.
Was there ever a circumstance when you had to rely on the Guild for help or assistance?
I've called the Guild many times over the years with questions. The staff has always been very courteous and helpful.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fellow Guild members, some words of encouragement?
There are so many wonderful opportunities in this business. Keep your eyes and ears open and stay in touch with people.
- Compiled by Edward Landler
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