I’d love to visit that new library. It looks fantastic. I don’t know if they accept book donations but I hope they do. This knowledge needs to be protected and preserved for future car enthusiasts.
The last line is extremely true of today's companies IMHO. I see plenty of jobs listed wanting specialized skills which the HR will say no one has. Unfortunately HR doesn't know what they are asking for and is only checking off a list. You need to build knowledge with both books and experience. Having only one doesn't guarantee anything.
I retired from automotive manufacturing a couple of years ago. I saw too many bad decisions from all levels and the manufacturing decisions made in the quest for greater profits were concerning to say the least. You try and use you knowledge but cost savings is master.
I spent almost 2 million to design develop and deploy garageomatic.com, a solution that allows mechanics and restoration specialists to document their knowledge via video, photos, documentation and other means, then make that knowledge available to the consumer enthusiast free or at a charge at the mechanics discretion. The idea was to preserve the knowledge, reward the mechanic for their knowledge and help the classic car community by preserving the procedures in a well documented format complete with required and optional parts and tool lists (and links to buy the parts).
Bottom line, the consumer enthusiast does not care and expects 20, 30, 40 or more years of experience to be handed over for free on YouTube. Never mind the massive costs associated with producing high quality content that covers complex procedures and research, or even making the platform.
It's a real shame it's like this but this is the reality. We are moving in a direction to completely drop the enthusiast and focus our efforts on providing the solution free of charge to repair shops.
The problem is nobody wants to pay for quality content. They want it free, so the only way online publishers can earn any $$$ is to junk up their websites with tons of annoying ads. I tried the subscription model on my website (pay a small membership fee and get access to ad-free content). It totally bombed. I got ONE subscriber over a two month period. So like everybody else, I have to plaster my pages with ads, and even then the return is not very good.