So how does somebody become the Head Librarian at the world’s greatest automotive library?! Simple. You pay your dues as a public librarian for more than 10 years and then you get a little lucky.
My library career started in 1998. From 1998-2001 I held a part-time position at the Bloomsburg Public Library — the town library for Bloomsburg, PA where I was attending the local university. While at BPL I quickly learned that I loved connecting people with information. (I was also able to work on school work during slow times so it was an ideal setup for a 19 year-old kid!) Thanks to my training at Bloomsburg, I was able to secure a job within my home county when graduation came in 2001. For the next seven years I would work at several public libraries throughout Pennsylvania, perfecting the craft of research and customer service.
During this time in the public library world I earned my Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh and picked up a few new hobbies. One hobby included flying. I started out flying a humble Cessna 150 and worked my way up through the ranks, earning a commercial license with an instrument rating. I never made flying a career but I did have the honor of hauling rides in an open cockpit biplane from the 1920s at the local air museum (Golden Age Air Museum, Bethel, PA).
If you fly old airplanes you usually need to have some skill fixing them so many weekends were spent tinkering with engines, wings, fabric and more under the supervision of guys much more qualified than me.
This tinkering ignited a passion and I worked on my own personal plane (Cessna 140) and restored a 1970 Honda CB350 motorcycle, a 1972 Honda CT70 minibike and a 1944 Ford 2N tractor. No, these last three vehicles weren’t airplanes but they sure taught me how important shop manuals, literature and paint chips are!
When the job as Head Librarian for the AACA Library opened in 2008 I nearly jumped in the air. Here was the perfect setting where I could help people, do real research and feed my growing interest in fixing things. Of course this job led to the purchase of my 1937 Buick and a fun ride in the old car hobby.
Throughout all of it, my wife Tamara, son Pierce and loyal dog Bear have enjoyed old cars almost as much as I have. We live in Bethel, PA and look forward to more adventures down the road.