Biography

Diantha Dow Schull
Diantha Dow Schull

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Diantha Dow Schull is Principal and Founder, DDSchull Associates LLC, providing advisory and training services for museums, libraries, foundations and nonprofits.

She specializes in the design of public programs, strategic planning, professional development and grantmaking.  She is also the author of articles and books for museum and library professionals.

From 1994 to 2007 Ms. Schull was President of Libraries for the Future (aka Americans for Libraries Council), a national non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and advancing America’s libraries.  She designed and directed national and local library advocacy initiatives, lead library planning projects, created professional development programs and directed numerous research and publication projects.

While at Libraries for the Future she raised over $20 M in new monies for libraries in such areas as early childhood services, after-school programming, workforce development, health information access, and positive aging.  She was responsible for major grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Seedlings Foundation, the Humana Foundation, the Bush-Clinton Foundation, the National Institutes for Health and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, among others.

Prior to joining Libraries for the Future Ms. Schull was Interpretive Programs Officer at the Library of Congress, Executive Director of the French-American Foundation, and Director of the Exhibition Program of the New York Public Library. Ms. Schull has also been Assistant Director for Museum Aid at the New York State Council on the Arts, Consultant to the New York State Historic Trust, and Director of the New York State Library Programs Consortium. She holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the State University of New York.

Ms. Schull is a frequent presenter at cultural and educational association conferences and professional development programs.  She is author, most recently, of Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections (ALA Editions, 2015) and 50+ Services: Innovation in Action (ALA Editions, 2013).

March 2017