TVB: And what are some of the Library's recent achievements in terms of equity and inclusion that you're particularly proud of?
JB: Just like there is a lot of attention now to producing shows with diverse characters and leads, our focus has also shifted to acquiring more scripts from these shows.
TVB: Topsy-turvy times to be working in librarianship at the moment. What are you doing to practice self-care these days?
JB: It's very challenging for me because I have two children at home doing virtual schooling and our living and working spaces can get blurred, but we are doing a lot of home cooking, baking and trying to stay on a schedule as much as possible.
TVB: What are your go-to script recommendations for emerging screenwriters?
JB: If it is television, I immediately tell people to read the Grey's Anatomy pilot, The Good Wife pilot, and the Cheers pilot. These are all great places to start. If the writer is more interested in features, it all depends on what genre they might be interested in. One feature script I recommend often is The Terminator. That's still a great script.
TVB: What are you currently reading and what was the last great script you read?
JB: Currently, I am reading the script for Underworld, mainly because of a project I am working on. The last great script I read was The Rental.
JB: I recently applied to the Universal Writers Program for a chance at a fellowship, and that has inspired me to keep my output going both in my job and my own writing.
TVB: Any advice you'd like to impart to library students or early-career information professionals?
JB: Write, write, write, and read, read, read, but also, live, live, live.
TVB: Staff at the library have a lot on their plate: Helping writers with research, nonstop collection development, programming, etc. How do you find the time and stay motivated for your own writing?
JB: When I think about not succeeding as a writer, it scares me and motivates me to write. Also, I feel like when one has a lot of creative energy that needs to get out, you will always find a way to get it out, and writing is how I use that energy.
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