Speaker Kristin McDonough
Kristin McDonough, Director of The New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) has been a librarian for more than four decades. She spent the first twenty-five years of her career at the City University of New York, both as a librarian and a college administrator. In 1993 ...
Kristin McDonough, Director of The New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) has been a librarian for more than four decades. She spent the first twenty-five years of her career at the City University of New York, both as a librarian and a college administrator. In 1993 she became the Chief Librarian at Baruch College where she oversaw the planning for its Newman Library.
McDonough assumed the directorship of SIBL in 1996 when it opened to the public and has been expanding and enhancing services ever since. With a U.S. Commerce TOP grant, SIBL transformed its New York Small Business Resouce Center into a virtual community, making its workshops for entrepreneurs available online. For the past four years, with Citi Foundation funding, SIBL has run the New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition, which proivdes technical training, mentoring, and seed funding to startups. For these and other initiatives, in 2007 SIBL received the Center of Excellend Award for Service from the SLA's Business and Finance Division.
Since the 2008 recession, SIBL has opened two new services, Job Search Central and Financial Education Central, which harness the print and e-resources of a world class business and finance research library to help New Yorkers cope with work and personal finance issues. Leveraging corporate and trade association partnerships forged during McDonough's decade-long tenure as board member and 2008 president of the Financial Women's Association, SIBL has been able to tap the pro bono services of 100+ career coaches, job placement specialists, financial planners, credit crisis counselors and business mentors to offer lunchtime and afterwork presentations as well as free one-on-one advisory services. With IMLS grant support, NYPL's "Money matters" program has just trained over 200 front line staff to provide "financial information, not advice" in neighborhood branches. SIBL received the 2012 Financial Planning Association's Malcolm S. Forbes Public Awareness Award for Excellence in Advancing Financial Understanding for this expansion of its offerings. For more information, visit http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=11364513&trk=hb_tab_pro_top.
Interested in economics/business librarianship? Want to network and connect with professionals from academic, public, special and government libraries in the fields of business, finance, law, corporate and information technology?
Join us for the first meeting of METRO's new Economics & Business Librarians Special Interest Group to hear from Ms. Kristin McDonough, Director of the NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library, who will speak about the future of business librarianship.
Afterwards, we will introduce ourselves and share upcoming and current projects and interests.