Name: Dale Carpenter
Education Background: 
I have a Masters degree in Library Science.

What was your professional background before your current position?
Most of my career has been spent creating, managing and modernizing corporate libraries in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, aerospace and defense industries.

Describe your current position:
The NYS Academy of Fire Science trains and educates firefighters, emergency responders and others in all aspects of fire prevention, investigation, special operations and technical rescue. This Library provides resources for that effort.

What do you like best about your work?
As in all librarian positions, providing information and services to help others learn.

What has been your biggest professional challenge during the pandemic?
Providing support to those who can not come to the Academy to take our courses and use the Library.

What other organizations are you involved with?
I do some free-lance research work, manage a publishing company and support several local social groups.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
Try to learn all aspects of librarianship and every 4 to 6 months, copy or write down your accomplishments, so if you do get laid off, you have a record or copies of the work you did to show in your next job search. I am putting a lot of lessons learned and useful knowledge picked up in my 40+ year career in a book on practical librarianship which I plan to publish later this year.

What software/web tools have helped you best pivot to remote work?
I did not work remotely. I have to be in the library to ship the books people request.

Favorite blog or website:
It would be a toss-up between or
What is bringing you hope or comfort right now?
As always, talking with family and friends and reading books.

What are you most proud of?
Being a crazy, silly and supportive uncle. And I'm proud I can keep secrets.

What would you like to learn?

Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know?
Besides being a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne? Maybe the fact that after hitchhiking for 3 months around the US, I wrote a book about the sociological history of hitchhiking in America. As well as several other books. "Hitchhking in America: Using the Golden Thumb" lists over 75 movies which mention hitchhiking, including "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". All books are available at
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