Kristin is director of The New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), which helps New Yorkers launch and expand small businesses (nypl.org/smallbiz). SIBL’s entrepreneurial support initiatives include the StartUP! Business Plan Competition, the Immigrant Business Connection, and Blueprint for Your Business Future, an educational and advisory program to teach succession planning to immigrant business owners.
SIBL’s Job Search Central provides entry-to-executive-level job seekers with free access to hands-on training, after-work seminars, career coaching, and networking events. Its Financial Literacy Central program has spawned a robust suite of offerings that has pushed financial education beyond the business library into neighborhood branches.
Before opening SIBL in 1996, McDonough served another great New York institution, the City University of New York (CUNY) for 25 years in diverse roles including assistant dean of the School of Education and Educational Services and chief librarian at the award-winning Newman Library at CUNY’s business school, Baruch College. As president of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), Kristin spearheaded a Forge Your Future initiative with enhanced programming and resources for members in transition. Her volunteer service includes a stint on the STM advisory board of John Wiley Publishers and on the leadership team of Butterflies, USA, which raises funds to support street and working children in India.