January 7, 2021 | Caroline Few
Library Director has Accepted New Position
McCracken County Public Library Director Susan Baier has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She informed the McCracken County Public Library Board of Trustees that her last day of employment would be February 10, 2021. Baier will assume the Executive Director position at ACPL on or before March 1.
In her letter to the Board, Baier wrote “I will forever be grateful for the kindness and support shown to me by the Board of Trustees. It has truly been a privilege to serve as your Library Director and to work with such dedicated, talented staff. The Board has demonstrated tremendous leadership, fiscal stewardship, and compassion, particularly during these challenging times. McCracken County is incredibly fortunate to have trustees of the Board’s caliber serving the Library and the community.”
Allen County Public Library (ACPL) is a large library system that includes a main location in downtown Fort Wayne plus 13 branches in the city and outlying communities. ACPL is home to the nation’s second-largest genealogy center in the country, with one of the largest physical collections in the world.
Baier began serving as the director of McCracken County Public Library in January 2017. Under her leadership, Baier and the Library staff have fostered strategic partnerships that support community initiatives surrounding workforce and economic development, STEM education, and health and wellness. The Library also acquired a bookmobile and eliminated overdue fines, both initiatives that provide greater community access to library resources.
Board Chair Rachel Norton stated, “During her four years with the McCracken County Public Library, Susan has worked tirelessly to give back to the Library and our community. She has built key partnerships between the Library and community organizations which we plan to continue going forward. We are extremely thankful for the time she has spent as our Director, and both the Library and the community have benefitted greatly under her leadership. We are also fortunate to have a strong staff, many of whom have received statewide and national recognition, committed to continuing the Library’s excellent resources, programs, and services while we search for a new Director. ”
The Board of Trustees will begin the recruitment process for a new Director and will appoint an interim director in the coming weeks.