FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Jeffrey R. Krull, who oversaw a major expansion and multiple technological advancements in the Allen County Public Library system will retire in September. Krull has been the library director since 1986.
Under Krull’s leadership, the library underwent its first computerization project in 1987 which automated the cataloging, acquisitions and circulation systems along with creating the an online catalog.
Circulation increased from 2,795,355 in 1986 to 10,746,406 in 2013. The increase included new formats such a ebooks and digitized books from the Genealogy Center and Lincoln collections.
Attendance at all library locations increased from 1,982,396 in 1995 to 2,615,890 in 2013 and two new branch libraries, Aboite and Dupont, were built and opened to the public in 1990, bringing the total number of branches to thirteen
However Krull’s most notable achievement may have been the completion of a system-wide capital improvement project that added 127,000 square feet to the main library downtown along with an underground parking garage and other enhancements. Eleven of the library’s thirteen branches were rebuilt, relocated, expanded, and/or renovated. At $85 million, it was the largest public construction project in the history of Allen County. It began in 2001 and was completed in 2007.
In 2001 Krull was named a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Governor Frank O’Bannon.
Prior to becoming director of the Allen County Public Library, Krull was director of the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library in Ohio from 1978-1986.
He is a native of North Tonawanda, NY, received his B.A. degree from Williams College in Williamstown, MA in 1970, majoring in English and economics.
Martin Seifert, president of the Board of Library Trustees, said that a national search will be conducted to recruit a new director to succeed Krull.