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Current Role

Principal and Founder, DDSchull Associates LLC
Advisor to museums, libraries and foundations.

Previous Positions

President, Libraries for the Future (aka Americans for Libraries Council)

  • Responsible for all aspects of national non-profit dedicated to sustaining and advancing America’s libraries.
  • Responsibilities encompassed fiscal, operational and programmatic functions, external relations, fund development and planning for a nationally distributed organization with offices, board members, staff, partnerships and programs in multiple states.
  • During fifteen year tenure developed the organization from a small grass-roots advocacy group to a national organization with a budget of $2.5 M carrying out research, re-grants, issues forums, continuing education and leadership development.

Executive Director, Libraries for the Future

Executive Director, French-American Foundation

Special Consultant for Interpretive Programs, Library of Congress

Manager of Exhibitions and Education, New York Public Library

Assistant Director and History Museum Specialist, Museum Aid Program,  New York State Council on the Arts

Other Professional Experience

  • Consultant to the New York State Historic Trust                                               
  • Founding Director, New York Library Programs Consortium
  • Advisor to cultural institutions and private foundations.


  • Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship (Vernacular Architecture Documentation Methods) of the English Speaking Union 1973
  • John Ben Snow Award for Landmarks of Otsego County (Syracuse University Press,1972)

Civic Involvement

  • Member of the Board of the Connecticut Humanities Council
  • Preservation Advisor, Town of Southbury (CT) 


  • Member of the Board, Mid-Hudson Library Foundation
  • Member of the Board, Village Community School (NYC)
  • Member, National Advisory Committee of The Children’s Partnership
  • Development Committee, Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition
  • Inland Wetlands Commissioner, Town of Southbury (CT)

Education and Training

1970, M.A. State University of New York/New York State Historical Association. History Museum Studies
1968, B.A., Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, High Honors                                 

Project Director: Research and Publication Projects

Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation (co-authored by Jennifer Arns and Susan Imholz). May 2007.  Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Reading America Toolkit.  2007. Funded by MetLife Foundation.

Long Overdue: Public Attitudes and Leaders Perceptions of Public Libraries (Libraries for the Future with Public Agenda). May 2006.  Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Designs for Change. Report on a National Library Leaders Summit on Older Adults and Libraries co-sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Americans for Libraries Council. 2005.

Local Places, Global Connections: Libraries in the Digital Age, a publication of Libraries for the Future and the Benton Foundation.  Communications Development Inc. 2003.

Communities and Libraries: A Dialogue.  Report on a Leadership Forum. Libraries for the Future. 1998.

Common Ground: Funders and Libraries Addressing Community Needs Together.  Report on a  Leadership Forum. Libraries for the Future. 1998.

A Welcome for Every Child: How France Addresses Quality in Child Care. Report on a bi-lateral policy program of the French-American Foundation. French American Foundation. 1990.

Project Director: Exhibition Catalogues (selected titles)

William Wordsworth and the Age of Romanticism.  Rutgers University Press, the Wordsworth Trust and The New York Public Library. 1987.

LIBERTY: The French-American Status in Art and History.  Harper & Row and The New York Public Library. 1986.

Tesoros de Espana: Ten Centuries of Spanish Books. The New York Public Library and the Ministerio de Cultura de Espana. 1985.

Censorship: 500 Years of Conflict. The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. 1984.

Major Grants and Projects Directed while at Libraries for the Future (selected)

Lifelong Access Libraries, a four-year project to strengthen libraries as centers for active older adult learning and civic engagement funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies ($2.5M)

The Human Genome Project, a three-year project to build libraries’ capacities to provide  genomics information and education funded by the National Institutes of Health ($350,000)

Age in America, a two-year national demonstration project involving library-museum collaboration  funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services ($250,000)

EqualAccess Libraries: New Competencies for 21st Century Librarians, a three-year capacity- building project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ($1.5 M)

Gulf Coast Libraries Renewal, a two-year rebuilding project funded by the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund ($5 M)

Family Place Libraries: A National Communications and Information Infrastructure, a onoe-year project funded by the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation ($45,000)

Wellness Information Zone, a three-year project of the Humana Foundation to develop health information centers in urban libraries ($600,000)

Building Knowledge for Library Advocacy, a two-year research and publication initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($1.8M)

Reading America, a four year program of book and film discussions for newcomer families funded by the Metlife Foundation ($500,000)

Community-Library Information Collaboratives, a two-year library development program funded by the Kellogg Foundation ($600,000)

Additional Grants Awarded/Projects Directed (selected)

“Are We To Be A Nation: The Bicentennial of the American Revolution,” a major exhibition at the New York Public Library, a national travelling exhibition and a companion book (Harvard University Press) funded by Bank of New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“A Welcome for Every Child: How France Addresses Quality in Child Care,” a three year French-American Foundation initiative including bi-lateral study tours, regional forums, media outreach and a publication funded by the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, American Express Philanthropic Program, the Joyce Foundation, E.I. Dupont Demours & Co., the New York Times Foundation and other funders.

Presentations and Testimony (selected)

“Positive Aging: Why Libraries?”, presentation at regional professional development seminar organized by Lifetime Arts with The New York Public Library.  July 2011

“Lifelong Access Libraries: Reimagining Library Services for Older Adults”, keynote address at New England Lifelong Access Libraries Institute co-sponsored by Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Americans for Libraries Council.  November 2009.

“Transforming Libraries to Transform Aging”, keynote address at Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Baby Boomers, a statewide conference co-sponsored by the California State Library and Libraries for the Future, Pasadena, California, November 2008.

“Are We Prepared? Libraries and Aging in America”, keynote address at Lifelong Access Libraries Institute, sponsored by University of North Carolina School of Information, North Carolina Center on Aging and Libraries for the Future, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, July 2007.

“Perceptions and Uses: The Future of Gulf Coast Libraries”, address at Library ReBuilding Summit, sponsored  by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 2006  (www.actforlibraries.org) (THIS IS ON YOUTUBE somewhere)

“Worth Their Weight: Results of LFF Study on Library Valuation”, keynote address, annual conference of Florida library directors, Jacksonville, Florida, October 2006.

“Libraries For Our Future”, key-note address, Annual Joint Conference of the Library Association of Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals of Ireland, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, April 2005.

“Libraries and Productive Aging”, key-note address at Designs for Change conference co-sponsored by Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Libraries for the Future, September 2005.

“New York Libraries: Instruments for the Future of New York State”, NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, October 2004