Job Posting: WGF Library Fellow

The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for a motivated, detail-oriented, emotionally intelligent library fellow. This is a LIMITED TERM, ONE-YEAR, FULL TIME fellowship, ideal for a recent MLS graduate. (Recent grads are highly encouraged to apply!) You will get your hands dirty, sifting through our archives for gems and helping our patrons find just the thing that’ll help them sell their script and make it big.

The Writers Guild Foundation is a non-profit that serves current and aspiring members of the Writers Guild of America, West. In this role, you will facilitate access to the Writers Guild Foundation library’s core collections and archival holdings by providing research assistance and information to WGA members, staff, aspiring writers, scholars, journalists, students, and the general public. As part of the Library and Archive team, the Fellow participates in: reference services; materials selection and acquisitions; cataloging; updating website resources; and promotion.

DAILY DUTIES:

  • Serve at reference desk and manage access to core collections by advising and assisting patrons with script selections via email, telephone, and on-site requests.
  • Research in-depth questions about writing resources, copyright, script collections, writers’ papers, and other queries related to film, television, and media using validated primary and online sources such as UCLA LibGuides, AMPAS Scriptlist, Library of Congress NUMC, ArchiveGrid, EpGuides, and Online Archive of California.
  • Catalog manuscript and digital collections, including scripts, books, and development materials, according to established library templates.
  • Assist with curating, describing and installing on-site exhibits.
  • Research writers’ biographical information and credits for oral histories.
  • Assist with set-up, display and oral presentation of research-oriented tours of the library and pop-up exhibits at outside events and festivals.
  • Depending on experience: participate in archival processing and preservation work, including inventorying; arranging and rehousing archival collections; researching and preparing descriptive collection guides; and performing basic preservation work.
  • Other duties as assigned. What can we say, this role will evolve based on our needs, your skills, and the alignment of Mars and Venus. In other words, we’re a small operation where everyone pitches in when needed, and where you’ll be able to help shape your role.

 

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

  • MLIS or MLS from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program or MA in Archival Administration or Moving Image Archive Studies, required
  • Undergraduate degree in Film / Television History, Screenwriting, or related coursework preferred
  • Strong familiarity with entertainment industry collections preferred
  • Enthusiasm for film, television, and media studies
  • Infectious laugh and sense of humor
  • Must be available to work evenings and at least every other Saturday (check our hours and be sure you’re ok!)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong service orientation
  • Ability to prioritize and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to work within a constantly evolving organization where responsibilities are shared across departments
  • Organized work habits; accuracy and attention to detail; comfortable multi-tasking without getting all frazzled
  • Ability to lift a 40-pound box required as well as retrieve materials from high shelving using a ladder or step stool
  • Excellent communication skills

 

ASSUMED BASIC SKILLS:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Operation of electronic library catalog systems
  • Smart, witty, considerate
  • Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
  • Like people. We mean really, really like people and enjoy helping them (especially writers)
  • Getting stuff DONE
  • Not raised by wolves, willing to pitch in even if it isn’t your job

 

THE BUREAUCRATIC BIT:

Interviewees will be chosen very selectively. Please be sure you meet the qualifications before you apply. Submitting a persuasive cover letter or note describing your understanding of our organization and why you are a good fit will get our attention. Getting your shining personality across will increase your odds. Thinking of a skill you have, that you know we need, but that we didn’t list above will get you serious bonus points. Referring to something specific from our website or this notice in your subject line will prove you read and understood this job posting. Submitting your cover and resume in a single convenient, combined, printable PDF makes our lives easier when screening resumes. In short, your email/cover matters. A LOT. If you have the skills and background, don’t be afraid to show a little personality and humor. And you must tell us about what you’re watching or what your favorite current TV shows are (and why).

Unfortunately, our salaries are very non-profity and we are unable to offer benefits for this one-year fellowship. However, your co-workers are super way cool, this is a one of a kind collection, and our offices are in a great part of town (across the street from the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax – you even get free parking at the Grove!). This is a full time position.

We are an equal opportunity employer. You must be eligible to work legally in the United States without employer sponsorship. Hire is subject to the results of a background check.

SUBMIT BY EMAIL ONLY. NO CALLS. DO NOT EMAIL STAFF OR THE ED DIRECTLY. READ THE POSTING CAREFULLY. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines or meet the requirements will not be considered. We’re expecting a large volume of applications, so please be patient and give us at least three weeks.

Email your cover letter and resume by WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 to: careers.wgf@gmail.com

 

Young Storytellers is Seeking Mentors for 2017

 

The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Young Storytellers, is hosting an information session and orientation for writers who are interested in mentoring young students in the art of screenwriting. Young Storytellers is always in need of professional screenwriters to meet the needs of the many students who want to participate in their programming.

When: Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 p.m.

Where: WGF Library 1st Floor, Info: (323) 782-4691

This is a 10 week mentorship opportunity (just one hour per week) in Young Storytellers’ Script to Screen program, where writers engage in a one-on-one mentorship of 5th grade students from low income schools, guiding them through drafting an original short script that will be performed by professional actors at the end of the semester. Young Storytellers works in many schools around LA so mentors can be assigned to schools near to their home or work.

Writers who attend are not obligated to participate; it is simply an introduction to the program. If you are interested, please RSVP to Libbie Anderson at landerson@wgfoundation.org.

Help us keep the Library open on Saturdays!

Friends! We need your help!

We’ve lost our funding to keep extended Saturday hours and parking for library patrons. We need to raise $16,282 to keep the Library open every Saturday and keep parking free for visitors.

Why are Saturday hours so important?

Saturday is one of our busiest days at the Library and vital to reaching a diverse community of writers. For those who may not have the immediate resources and means to pursue a writing career, we provide a free space and a day over the weekend to work and access scripts.

Who comes to the Library on Saturdays? 

  • Writers with 9-to-5 jobs during the week
  • Writers who are students enrolled in classes during the week
  • Writers and scholars who travel from outside the LA metro area 
  • Writers with kids to take care of during the week and who use Saturday as a work/personal day
  • Writers thinking of transitioning from other careers
  • WGA members who want to write when the member’s lounge is closed

We can go on and on…

Every day that the WGF Library is open gives someone the opportunity to discover great writing, pursue a dream career, or finish a project that can change his or her life.

Please help us reach our goal and give what you can—even a $10 donation is appreciated. If you can’t give now, spread the word about our cause to your friends and colleagues.

Thank you all for your continued support!

DONATE NOW!

 

Script to Stage: Young Storytellers is Seeking Mentors!

When: Wednesday, 8/24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: WGF Library 1st Floor, Info: (323) 782-4691

The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Young Storytellers, is hosting an orientation for writers who are interested in mentoring young students in the art of screenwriting. Young Storytellers is always in need of professional screenwriters to meet the needs of the many students who want to participate in their programming.

This is a 10 week mentorship opportunity (just one hour per week) in Young Storytellers’ Script to Screen program, where writers engage in a one-on-one mentorship of 5th grade students from low income schools, guiding them through drafting an original short script that will be performed by professional actors at the end of the semester. Young Storytellers works in many schools around LA so mentors can be assigned to schools near to their home or work.

Writers who attend are not obligated to participate; it is simply an introduction to the program. If you are interested, please RSVP to Mary McGuire at mmcguire@wga.org.

Happy 4th! Library is Closed July 3 and 4

Heads up, folks: The Library is closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

So sit back, enjoy some fireworks and join us in catching up on summer movies.

Feeling inspired by the new releases? The Library re-opens on Tuesday, July 7 so you can peruse scripts from every TERMINATOR movie, all three JURASSIC PARKs and TED.

Have a safe holiday! If JAWS (which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year) taught us anything, it’s that sharks loooooove fireworks.

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