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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.

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3 Comments

  1. Dan Ellis
    Dan Ellis September 29, 2014

    Chris,

    I’m a fan of your project. I too have a 1937 Buick model 40 that is driveable but, I must admit, needs a little work. I would like to undertake a restoration as well some time in the future and this is my main reason for following your progress.

    Keep up the great work.

    Dan Ellis
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

  2. houncer
    houncer September 29, 2014

    Thanks for reading Dan. I try to post one Buick post each month. If I can help you out in any way just shoot me a message.
    -Chris

  3. Bryan OShaughnessy
    Bryan OShaughnessy November 24, 2014

    Chris: I’m a new subscriber to your blog, and I like what I see. The link that got me to your site was for the vid of your electrical test of the ’37 Buick.. My brother and I each inherited a ’38 Buick Special (mine, a four-door trunk-back, his, a business coupe) and we follow the hobby with interest. Both were, fortunately, restored while Dad was alive; Mom gave us rumors about how much was spent on the pair, but she would never reveal the totals. Best wishes for your project, and thanks for all the interesting topics in your blog. By the way, in high school testing, I was evaluated as a good candidate for “Library Science”, but no one ever explained what that is. So I went on to the tawdry life of a printer. Ill-spent youth… —Bryan OShaughnessy

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