Kristin McDonough (MSLS '70), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), retired from the New York Public Library (NYPL) on December 9.
McDonough had served as director of the NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), since its creation in 1996. SIBL was founded to help New Yorkers launch and expand small businesses. Its initiatives included the virtual New York Small Business Resource Center, (smallbiz.nypl.org) developed with a Department of Commerce TOP grant, the New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition, funded by Citi Foundation, and the Immigrant Business Connection, a Web site portal for immigrant startups.
McDonough spearheaded NYPL's partnership with the Brooklyn and Queens library systems for a social enterprise, which was awarded a total $100,000 from the NYC Economic Development Corporation's THRIVE competition. The tri-library partnership garnered the funding first to pilot and then to execute "Blueprint for Your Business Future," an educational and advisory program to teach established immigrant business owners critical succession planning skills.
McDonough also served as principal investigator on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to launch Money Matters, a series of workshops and e-learning modules created to help New York Public Library staff, other libraries, and not for profit organizations understand key personal finance concepts, subject matter content and available unbiased, research-based resources to better assist patrons of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds with money management inquiries. McDonough demonstrated the project at IMLS's annual conference WebWise in February of 2014. The full curriculum is available, free of cost, at moneymatterspro.nypl.org.
Before launching SIBL, McDonough spent 25 years at the City University of New York (CUNY) in a variety of roles including assistant dean of the School of Education and Educational Services and the chief librarian at Baruch College, site of CUNY’s doctoral business program where she opened its award-winning Newman Library.