Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections. American Library Association (ALA Editions). June 2015.  Order online →

50+ Library Services: Innovations in Action.  American Library Association (ALA Editions). 2013.

Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of the Library. Co-editor with Pauline Rothstein.  American Library Association (ALA Editions).  2010.

Landmarks of Otsego County.  Syracuse University Press. 1972.  Awarded the John Ben Snow Prize, 1973.


“Reconsidering Age:  The Emerging Role of Cultural Institutions.”  Co-author with Selma Thomas in Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of the Library. Rothstein and Schull. Ed. American Library Association Editions.  Spring 2010.

“Rethinking Age in Connecticut: The Role of Cultural Institutions.” Hog River Journal (aka Connecticut Explored). Summer 2009.

“Libraries and Placemaking: Libraries are the New Commons for the 21st Century.” Feature article in Making Places: News and Ideas from Project for Public Places, a web publication of Project for Public Spaces. Spring 2007. (

“Libraries are Family Places for Literacy and Learning.” Co-authored with Kathleen Deerr, Sandra Feinberg and Elizabeth Gordon in Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years, ed by Sharon E. Rosenkoetter and Joanne Kanpp-Philo.  Zero to Three Press, 2006.

“Planting Seeds of Community: Museum-Library Partnerships,” co-authored with Selma Thomas in American Museums. July-August 2006.

“A New Look at Lifelong Access” in American Libraries, a publication of American Library Association. September 2005.

“The Civic Library: A Model for 21st Century Participation” in Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 28. Elsevier, Inc. 2004. ”

“Public Libraries: Places for Renewal” in Aging Today, a publication of the American Society on Aging. July 2003.

“The Digital Opportunity Trust Fund Act (DO IT): A National Opportunity for Learning, Innovation and Equity in the Digital Age” in Report to Congress By the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust.  June 25, 2003.

“Public Library Programs for Older Adults Enhance Communities Via Educational Renewal” in Older Learner, newsletter of the American Society on Aging. Volume 11, No. 1, Winter 2002.

“Cutbacks at the Library.”  New York Times. Editorials/Letters.   Friday, Sept 6, 2002.

“Family Place Libraries” co-authored with Sandra Feinberg in Zero to Three, a publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. December 2000/January 2001.

“The Value of the Civic Library: A Message from Diantha D. Schull” in Libraries for the Future Update (LFF Update).  Tuesday, November 27, 2001.

“At a Time in America…”.   Statement on the American public library in Across the  Board,  a Mid-Hudson Library System publication for Trustees.  Winter 2001.

“Making After-School Time into Quality Time” in LFF News (newsletter of Libraries for the Future).  Winter 2000.

“Closing the Digital Divide” in LFF News (newsletter of Libraries for the Future).  Spring 2000.

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

“Parks and Libraries in Partnership in Great Parks, Great Cities: A Leadership Forum on Urban Parks. Project for Public Spaces, Inc. and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Urban Parks Institute.  1998.

“Innovating to Serve the Global Village: Thoughts about Multilingual and Multicultural Service,” in Reference Services Review, Vol 26, No. 2, 1998.

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

“A Case for Empowering the Civic Library,” in Virginia Town & City. March 1997.

“Libraries Shelves Their Dusty Image,” Christian Science Monitor.  August 7, 1997.

“New Library-Foundation Alliance Is Overdue,” in Chronicle of Philanthropy. October 1996.

“The Local Library: An Organizer’s Overlooked Resource,” in The Neighborhood Works, March-April 1996.

Selected Research Studies  (Project Director or Author) 

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

From Good to Great: A Competitive Library for a Competitive City. An Assessment of the Louisville Free Public Library. Unpublished report by Diantha Dow Schull for Louisville Library Foundation.  May 2007.

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.

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

Arizona’s Libraries in the 21st Century: Building Communities, Connections and a Continuum of Learning.  Prepared for the Arizona Statewide Library Development Commission for the biennial budget of 2003—04.  January 2002.

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.

Selected Exhibition Catalogs

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

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