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Celebrating SIBL: A Bibliography of Works About the "Miracle on Madison Avenue"


The cover of "Current Practices In Public Libraries" (2006) featured SIBL

Since The New York Public Library opened the Science, Industry and Business Library on May 2, 1996—at the time considered a "Miracle on Madison Avenue" by The New York Times—its stunning setting, wide range of resources and services, and great array of offerings have attracted the attention of pundits, industry experts, and information professionals (as the 75 works listed below attest!). In this bibliography, it's valuable to note that commentators' descriptions of SIBL don't change dramatically over two decades. Rather, the expansive provision of and training in information technology, staff expertise, specialized resource guides, and the robust partnerships that fuel innovative advisory services remain the same.

Donna L. Gilton, a professor at the University of Rhode Island where she has taught various library studies courses and who used to work as a business reference librarian, states in her book Lifelong Learning In Public Libraries: Principles, Programs, And People that SIBL "offers the gold standard for public library instruction to the business community" and represents a major source of inspiration to other librarians.

See what others have written about SIBL:

  1. Dunlap, David W. "The B. Altman Building Goes Bookish." The New York Times, January 2, 1994, 1.
    "Substitute 'library' for 'store' and you get the idea behind the Science, Business and Industry Library, now being built by the New York Public Library within the vast limestone-clad shell that was Altman's flagship until it went out of business in 1989. 'It will be one-stop shopping for someone looking for resources in those areas,' said William D. Walker, associate director of the Public Library, which bought an eight-floor, 213,000-square-foot condominium unit in the Altman building last year. 'Someone remarked the other day, 'How appropriate for a former department store.''" [Article excerpt]
  2. Holden, Constance. "Library On-Line In New York." Science 265, no. 5177 (September 2, 1994): 1359.
    "Associate director Bill Walker says the impetus to merge the library's science and business collections came after seeing 'the same people' nosing through pharmacopoeias, patent documents, and business directories. 'We serve the unaffiliated people who have no big parent corporation or academic institution,' explains Walker.” [Article excerpt]
  3. Weber, Bruce. "Moving Bits, Bytes And Books To The Library Of The Future." The New York Times, April 05, 1996, B1.
    "Among its features are seating for 500, with each seat wired for laptop computer hookups; 100 outfitted work stations, with access to electronic databases and on-line services, and a training center at which library users will be instructed in the rudiments of electronic research. 'It's not just our collections we're moving,' said John V. Ganly, the assistant director of SIBL. 'When you move in all this technology, you're moving in other libraries as well. You're moving in the world.'" [Article excerpt]
  4. Scott, Karyl, and John Foley. "Page-Turning Goes Electric." Informationweek no. 576 (April 22, 1996): 10.
    "The New York Public Library doesn't want to be left on the trailing edge of the information revolution. On May 2, it will open its Science, Industry, and Business Library, which will offer free access to an array of electronic resources, including journals and online services, as well as the Internet." [Article excerpt]
  5. Goldberger, Paul. "Grandeur And Modernity In New Library."The New York Times, April 24, 1996., A1.
    "The Science, Industry and Business Library, which will open to the public on May 2, is intended for use by both the general public and business people, with special attention to the needs of smaller businesses that do not have their own research facilities. But it also has a wider goal, which is to serve as a prototype for a whole new level of computerized access at the library. There are about 250 computers on the premises, as well as 500 work stations equipped for visitors with laptops: the main reading room is really a vast computer docking station." [Article excerpt]
  6. "Miracle On Madison Avenue." The New York Times, May 11, 1996, 18.
    "The new library, which occupies the former B. Altman department store on Madison Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, is an electronic marvel. Its intended beneficiaries are the general public and the business community, especially smaller businesses that do not have their own research facilities." [Article excerpt]
  7. Hoffman, David. "NYPL Opens Science, Industry, And Business Branch." Computers in Libraries 16, no. 6 (June 1996): 25.
    "SIBL now houses 1.2 million volumes; 110,000 periodical titles, patents, and micro-forms; a circulating collection of 50,000 books; and an open-shelf collection of 60,000 volumes. It also houses a rich array of technology to connect users to its internal resources, to electronic information sources online and on CD-ROM, to the Internet, and to other libraries and institutions around the world." [Article excerpt]
  8. St. Lifer, Evan, and Michael Rogers. "SIBL Service." Library Journal 121, no. 10 (June 1996): 15.
    "With a snip of the scissors, officials open the New York Public Library's (NYPL) Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL). Located in the former B. Altman building on 5th Avenue and 34th St., the library received a $100 million facelift to transform it from a department store into a state-of-the-art information facility." [Article excerpt]
  9. Scott, Margaret. "The Cyber-Library: Research In The '90s." Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition, June 19, 1996, A18.
    "'We lived in fear that when word got out that we offer free access to the Internet, we'd be swamped with half of Manhattan,' says Ellen Poisson, head of the downstairs center. As it turns out, the number of visitors was averaging 2,500 a day by the end of May. And the first-come, first-served computerized reservation system for workstations and classes has spawned morning lines but also manageable crowds. Two weeks after opening, Ms. Poisson felt bold enough to start offering 'Introduction to the Internet' classes every afternoon. 'We don't publicize that we are teaching people how to use computers, but that's what we're doing. People of all ages are lining up. Some of them come with little envelopes filled with a list of www sites they've been dying to see. Now I wish we had 100 more computers,' she says." [Article excerpt]
  10. Harriott, Esther. "New York's New Door To The Information Age." American Libraries 27, no. 6 (June 1996): 58-59.
    A profile of New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library. The library, known as SIBL, is a $100 million project that opened on May 2, 1996. Its computer and telecommunications technologies connect it to other libraries, educational institutions, offices, and homes in the United States and abroad, giving its users access to a world of electronic information and making it a library for the 21st century. Trained staff in the Harrison S. Kravis Electronic Training Center, which is equipped with 30 workstations, give free, hands-on instruction to those new to information technologies. With its extensive holdings, enhanced by electronic resources, and its 50,000-volume circulating collection, SIBL is one of the world's largest public libraries in its field. [Abstract from EBSCOhost (accessed December 2, 2016)]
  11. "Dow Jones News/Retrieval Now Available To Visitors Of New Science, Industry and Business Library." Business Wire 19 Aug. 1996: 8190368. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "Dow Jones Business Information Services (BIS) announced today that Dow Jones News/Retrieval(R), the online source of business and financial information that provides fast answers to tough questions, is now available to the public at the new, state-of-the-art Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) in New York City. SIBL, part of The New York Public Library, is the world's largest public library devoted to science, technology, economics and business." [Article excerpt]
  12. Stein, Karen D. "Next Century's Library--Today," Architectural Record 184, no. 9 (1996): 84-91.
    "'A prototype of the 21st century library,' is how Paul LeCler, president of The New York Public Library (NYPL,), describes the new Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) located in the former B. Altman department store in midtown Manhattan. Chairman emeritus of the Library's board of trustees, Marshall Rose, considers it 'a total package' of research facility and circulating library 'the vision of the next century.' Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, the architectural firm responsible for the transformation of the former retail space, calls it 'revolutionary in preconception and perception.' That’s heady stuff considering the future is largely unknown." [Article excerpt]
  13. Fox, Robert. "Tomorrow's Library Today." Communications Of The ACM 40, no. 1 (January 1997): 20-21.
    "When visiting SIBL, one is impressed with its information-age order and its free accessibility. This is the Library of the Future - a labyrinth with the perfect balance of snazzy high tech, traditional book stacks, and open-shelved printed reference material. However, the age-old question remains: Now that it's built, will they come? We initially anticipated about 2,000 people a day. 'We're currently seeing about 2,500,' says Ellen Poisson, SIBL's assistant director of electronic resources. 'Every morning there's a stampede of people to sign up for certain databases that can be accessed only on one computer. Registration for the 'Introduction to the Internet' class fills up in 10 minutes every day.' [Article excerpt]
  14. Field, Anne. "Biblio-Tech." Inc 19, no. 13 (September 16, 1997): 21.
    "Spend 10 seconds in the lobby of the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) and your preconceptions of libraries as repositories of out-of-date periodicals and yellowing cards in dusty cabinets will disappear. An expansive mix of oak and stainless steel, the room's most prominent features are a sense of light and openness--and a wall adorned with state-of-the-art interactive kiosks." [Article excerpt]
  15. Bentley, Mark. "User Education At NYPL's New SIBL." College & Research Libraries News no. 9 (October 1997): 633-636.
    Presents information on the New York Public Library's (NYPL) opening of its fourth research center, the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), on May 2, 1996. Information on the profile and challenges of SIBL; Details on the user-education program profile; Conclusions on the review of the research library.
  16. McDonough, Kristin. "The Science, Industry and Business Library Of The New York Public Library: A High-Technology Research Centre For High-Volume Public Use." Alexandria 10, no. 1 (January 1998): 39-62.
    The concept of SIBL is of a specialized high technology research centre with unparallelled older and current print collections (1.2 million books and serials) and access to electronic resources, which also incorporates a 50,000-item circulating library of popular print, audiovisual and multimedia materials. All of the resources are available to the public at no charge. Much of the collection is on open access. There are several professionally staffed information service points. The provision of extensive training sessions is proving to be an outstanding success, more than 20,000 people having registered since SIBL opened. A three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has enabled SIBL to train information professionals in the three crucial areas of technological competence, customer service and professional development. [Abstract by the author]
  17. Poisson, Ellen H. "Collection Development Of Electronic Resources At The Science, Industry And Business Library (SIBL)." Public Library Collection Development In The Information Age (New York, 1998): 123-130.
    Selection of electronic resources should be integrated into existing collection development policies and procedures. Such selection is complicated by the number of options available, such as: multiple formats and access methods; pricing schemes; interface designs; differences in scope, timeliness and coverage; and technical support issues. At SIBL, the selection of electronic resources was done by an interdepartmental committee which drew upon subject specialists and which based selection on the existing collection de-velopment policy. [Abstract by the author]
  18. Thornton, Ann D. "The Impact Of The Web On User Education At The Science, Industry And Business Library (SIBL) Of The New York Public Library." Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship 4, no. 1 (September 1998): 35-44.
    Like many other libraries, the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library instructs customers in using the Web. In addition, the library is using the Web to further educate and assist its customers. SIBL provides Web access to its catalogs, a Web menu for the selection of electronic databases, Web guides for doing research in various subjects, and Web-accessible instructional materials. The library is also planning Web-based tutorials for its site which will reach a new, remote audience. Remote access to learning opportunities will enhance and extend traditional library services. [Abstract by the author]
  19. Thornton, Ann D. "Teaching The Library At SIBL." Computers In Libraries 19, no. 2 (February 1999): 50.
    "The New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), the world's largest public information center devoted solely to science and business, supports the use of its diverse electronic and print resources by offering a curriculum of 18 free classes to the public. Since opening its doors in May 1996, over 31,000 people have taken advantage of these classes, which teach library customers how to find information electronically and how to efficiently navigate SIBL's collections of 1.2 million volumes. Librarians instruct the classes, and a training coordinator supports the public training program by integrating the ongoing evaluation of course content and presentation with the continuing education of the librarians who instruct." [Article excerpt]
  20. Moed, Andrea. "Dinner At The Home Page Restaurant," in: Design Is: Words, Things, People, Buildings, And Places at Metropolis, edited by Akiko Busch (2002): 57-59.
    "In the crowded, contested spaces of New York City, privilege is defined by where one sits: a seat in a classroom at a selective school, a courtside seat at a Knicks game, a table at a fashionable restaurant. So it goes as well in the Information Age, I think, as I tour the soon-to-be completed home of the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL for short). I'm looking at a row of library carrels that should soon be some of the most sought after tables in town." [Article excerpt]
  21. Ganly, John, Andrea Harland, and Kristin McDonough. "Scholars And Citizens: Making Research Level Collections Accessible To The Public At SIBL." Science & Technology Libraries 24, no. 1/2 (March 2003): 47-71.
    The 1996 creation of SIBL merged the collections of the Science/Technology and Economics/Public Affairs research divisions with the circulating materials from a central branch library. The aim of this collection and staff integration was to make SIBL an engine for NYC's economy and to build a more diverse clientele. Other elements attracting new audiences include the facility, resources, technology, training, and interpretive programs. Five science exhibits have spawned complementary classes, seminars, and sci-tech collection guides. SIBL is using the Web to offer more content (e.g., science images) and services to offsite users. [Abstract by the authors]
  22. The SIBL Experience, 2003 documentary about SIBL (11 minutes).
  23. Galloway, Ann-Christe. "Texaco And Arthur Andersen Library." College & Research Libraries News 64, no. 5 (May 2003): 346.
    Reports on the acquisition of Texaco and Arthur Anderson Library research materials by the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library in New York. See also: "NYPL Receives Contents of Texaco’s/Arthur Andersen’s Defunct Libraries"
  24. McDonough, Kristin. "Hosting Strengthens Ties At Home And Abroad." International Leads 19, no. 3 (September 2005): 1-8.
    "Pre-9/11, SIBL had, frankly, shied away from hosting individuals from abroad given the challenge of the NYC housing options. Currently we offer short-term exchange placements of up to three months for international visitors, including students attached to library programs, if they can arrange for, and fund, their own transportation and travel. (RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is one institution that has found this arrangement sufficiently appealing to one of its graduating students for four consecutive years.) These placements happily have led, as mentioned earlier, to close collaborations with local NYC entities as diverse of Goethe House, the Financial Women's Association, the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, and the Bar Association of the City of New York." [Article excerpt]
  25. "Business Information Wall Goes Live At NY Public Library." Broadcast Engineering 14 Sept. 2005. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "The new Business Information Wall at the New York Public Library's Science, IndustryandBusinessLibrary (SIBL) features state-of-the-art visual technology and real-time news streaming, including the latest financial information and breaking news combined with listings of library events and classes. The wall, sponsored by UBS and implemented by Electrosonic, was created by experiential design firm ESI Design to meet the fast-changing needs of library visitors and to reflect SIBL's mission as a resource for local, national and international business information and an engine for local business." [Article excerpt]
  26. McDonough, Kristin, and Madeleine Cohen. "Open For Business: The NYPL Science, Industry, And Business Library Takes Stock." Public Library Quarterly 25, no. 1/2 (January 2006): 75-90 & in Current Practices In Public Libraries edited by William Miller and Rita Pellen (Binghamton, N.Y., 2006): 75-90.
    SIBL opened in 1996 with a primary mission to support local small business development. In the intervening ten years, changes in the information environment, including the mass adoption of the Internet, have led the library to customize its information and instructional services for small businesses with limited time to spend in the library. A dedicated small business Website serves off-site users. SIBL has adopted a range of marketing strategies including the use of its customers and partners in the non-profit and government sectors to market itself more effectively. [Abstract by the authors]
  27. Kramer, Louise. "All You Need Is An Idea, And Good Connections." New York Times, April 16, 2006, 1.
    "A product hitting shelves this week at New York area motorcycle dealerships has a surprising history: It was created at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library. The product, Detail Devils, is a portable kit for $39.95 that provides 'everything but the bucket' to clean a motorcycle, including five types of cloth and eight two-ounce bottles of potions like tar remover, bug remover and leather conditioner. In auto lingo, 'detailing' means a thorough cleaning to make a set of wheels look like new. Sean Sabol, a former bartender and the man behind Detail Devils, credits the library and its staff for steering him to the resources and research materials he needed to turn his big idea -- one of dozens he's had over the years -- into reality." [Article excerpt]
  28. "New Decade, New Chapter At SIBL." Real Estate Weekly 24 May 2006: 41. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "The New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library--a hub for entrepreneurs and innovators--marked its 10th anniversary May 2. The largest public library of its kind in the world, SIBL serves 850,000 on-site and online patrons every year. Since opening its doors to the public a decade ago, SIBL has emerged as one of the world's unique centers of research and practical learning, where researchers, small business owners, and inventors can find answers, access the expertise of industry professionals, and enroll in a wide range of hands-on workshops and classes." [Article excerpt]
    American Libraries, 37, no. 6 (2006): 23.
  29. Terry, Terese. "Terese Terry Talks With John Ganly." Business Information Alert Apr. 2007: 6+. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "We serve about 1700 people a day. About half are involved with small businesses. Many others are doing job research. Large corporations have their own information centers. NYPL Express does fee-based research and document delivery. Generally, users do not have a real understanding of what they can get from the library. They come in with a question or problem and they want an answer. Our responsibility is to show them how much more they can get from the library." [Article excerpt]
  30. Mattern, Shannon Christine. "Balancing Analog and Digital: New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library," in her: The New Downtown Library: Designing With Communities (Minneapolis, 2007); 120-124.
    "Print and technology spaces overlap. On the street level, just past those touch-screen kiosks, is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Reading Room and Circulating Library with its collection of fifty thousand popular business and science books and multimedia materials. Linking the street-level floor to the subterranean floor is a thirty-three-foot-high atrium, Healy Hall, which houses changing exhibitions and has proved to be a popular reception area for events housed in the 125-seat conference center and two meeting rooms downstairs. Also downstairs is SIBL's noncirculating reference collection and the Richard B. Salomon Research Reading Room, the microform and patents reading room, and the heart of the electronic library: the Electronic Information Center with its seventy workstations reserved for 'serious research' and for which patrons must make a reservation. Next door are the Harold S. Kravis Electronic Training Center's two rooms, each full of multiple workstations, where the library offers a schedule of public classes. Also downstairs are the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Information Services Center, which offers research assistance, and the Small Business Information Center." [Book excerpt]
  31. Nelson, Sara. "Soul Of A New Machine." Publishers Weekly 254, no. 26 (June 25, 2007): 4.
    "The group that gathered last Thursday at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library for the unveiling of Jason Epstein's Espresso Book Machine was not large. Nor did it comprise many of the industry types who are 'supposed' to be high tech and cutting edge and into gadgets (read: under 40). Instead, most of the two dozen or so in attendance were middle-aged and up, and most seemed to know a bit about what they were about to see. After all, Epstein, former Random House honcho and industry curmudgeon/visionary, has been saying print on demand to consumers is the future of bookselling for years." [Article excerpt]
  32. Ganly, John. "Small Is Big." BF Bulletin no. 136 (Fall 2007): 5.
    "Fostering the development of entrepreneurial activity is the primary mission of The Small Business Resource Center at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL). During its decade of operation we have observed thousands of individuals planning their business, expanding their business, and selling their business." [Article excerpt]
  33. Cohen, Madeleine and Kristin McDonough, "Information Start-Ups Need to Succeed," Business Information Review 24, no. 3 (2007): 193-203.
    Describes how SIBL was created in 1996 to target a new audience — small businesses. Gives an overview of business, financial, science & technology and legal information available free at the library to start-ups. Describes SIBL as a destination for the New York City (NYC) small business community because of its robust services built on business information sources by the staff information specialists and business advisors from partner organizations. Covers hands-on training by librarians in premium online databases; reference assistance for quick answers; after-work seminars by business experts; and on-site business advisory services by SCORE volunteers and paid staff from the NYC Business Solution Center. Highlights SIBL's New York Small Business Resource Center website ( including an events calendar, business videos and moderated forums. Shows how staff have developed new skills and how SIBL's customers and partners promote its business services. [Abstract by the authors]
  34. "Wiley Journals Online At New York Public Library." Information Outlook 11, no. 4 (April 2007): 9.
    "The New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library and publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., now provide library users broad, public online access to more than 300 peer-reviewed journals. Until now, these publications have been available principally only through academic or corporate collections." [Article excerpt]
  35. Reynolds, Leslie. "2007 Centers of Excellence Award Winner." BF Bulletin no. 137 (Winter 2008): 13-15.
    "The Business & Finance Division of the Special Libraries Association proudly announced the winner of the sixth annual Centers of Excellence Award at the SLA Annual Conference on June 4, 2007, during the Business and Finance Division Awards Reception. The award recognized the development of quality practices and services of the Science, Industry & Business Library of the New York Public Library. The following article discusses their commitment to service excellence demonstrated by the ability to engage customers and the community-at-large, as well as building strategic alliances with their partners." [Article excerpt]
  36. Mooney, Jake. "The Securities and Exchange Commiseration." New York Times, September 21, 2008, 1.
    "The Science, Industry and Business Library on Madison Avenue has large collections of books and magazines, rows of computers and even three Bloomberg terminals -- dual-screen behemoths where furrow-browed investors were mining for company data late Wednesday afternoon. But the real action on that day, a little before 4 p.m., was at the library's wall of television screens, which were tuned to stations reporting a late-afternoon slide that left the Dow Jones industrial average down 449 more points. A row of men and women stood facing the screens. Some were on their cellphones and others watched the ticker scroll by. A countdown clock on one channel showed eight minutes until the closing bell." [Article excerpt]
  37. "The New York Public Library and Help New Yorkers 'Jumpstart' Their Job Search." Business Wire 12 Jan. 2009. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "The New York Public Library and have teamed up to present 'Back to Work: Jumpstart Your Job Search,' a free event designed to provide career information, advice and resources to help unemployed New York professionals land their next jobs. The day's sessions will include personalized career coaching, resume review, interactive discussions with job search experts and demonstrations of the Library's online job search tools. The event will be held on January 27,from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The New York Public Library's Science, Business and Industry Library." [Article excerpt]
  38. Kitchen, Patricia. "Head To The Library To Find Good Financial Advice." Newsday (Melville, NY), June 07, 2010.
    "And for those who have occasion to visit Manhattan, here's a new resource: Financial Literacy Central, a free information hub just unveiled at the Science, Industry and Business Library at Madison Avenue and 34th Street, just a few blocks from Penn Station. It's an initiative of the New York Public Library and McGraw-Hill Cos." [Article excerpt]
  39. "The New York Public Library and The McGraw-Hill Companies Open 'Financial Literacy Central'." Investment Weekly News 19 June 2010: 40. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "Financial Literacy Central, located at 188 Madison Avenue at 34th Street in the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), provides the public with free one-on-one sessions with financial planners through the Financial Planning Association; computer access to popular business and finance databases; 1,500 books on a wide range of financial topics - including more than 100 McGraw-Hill Education titles donated by The McGraw-Hill Companies - and financially focused classes." [Article excerpt]
  40. "New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library Adds Panjiva Platform as Source for Trade Data." Internet Wire 15 May 2012. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "Panjiva is an online resource for sourcing executives to gain valuable knowledge about suppliers around the world. With information on 1 million suppliers from more than 190 countries included on the platform, Panjiva's robust database, easy-to-use search tool, and public and proprietary data sets will arm library users with the information they need to find and vet suppliers, monitor competition, and identify geographic sourcing trends."[Article excerpt]
  41. "The New York Public Library Hosts Workshop on Global Mergers & Acquisitions Resource." PRWeb Newswire 31 July 2012. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "Lisa Wright, Director of Bureau van Dijk (BvD)'s Zephyr Merger and Acquisition (M&A) database, will be in NYC at the New York Public Library (NYPL)'s Science, Industryand Business Library (SIBL) on August 10th to conduct a workshop on the availability of deal data in different scenarios around the world, and how this information can be used to analyze deals, rumors and trends." [Article excerpt]
  42. ", NYPL Explore library wide access Model." Library Journal 138, no. 1 (January 2013): 24.
    "Patrons visiting the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) now have free access to the entire catalog of more than 1,500 instructional online training videos offered by, thanks to a new partnership announced last month. For the first time, the service will be deployed in a public library setting across a range of IP addresses, allowing SIBL to offer access on more than 60 workstations throughout the building, without requiring any login information." [Article excerpt]
  43. McDonough, Kristin. "Money Matters @ NYPL." College & Research Libraries News 75, no. 4 (April 2014): 194-196.
    The article presents initiatives of the New York Public Library(NYPL) as financial education providers for the community and on campus. It discusses Money Matters for NYPL users supported by McGraw Hill Financial and Money Matters, a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian continuing project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for NYPL staff. It also offers the role of Science, Industry, and Business Library of NYPL in the development of these initiatives. [Abstract from EBSCOhost (accessed December 8, 2016)]
  44. "Tackling Money Matters At New York Public Library." Institute of Museum and Library Services. News & Events. Project Profiles. April 1, 2014.
    "With a grant from IMLS, NYPL sought to change the culture of reluctance to provide financial assistance to patrons. The library system designed the grant project to create a corps of frontline public service staff across its 90 neighborhood branches that could make informed referrals to relevant online personal finance resources. The Money Matters staff training program aimed to educate librarians and information assistants on core concepts and personal finance reference sources, increase their comfort levels in providing reference services in these areas, and provide staff with the opportunity to host presentations by experts and conduct the trainings that their neighborhood communities needed most." [Article excerpt]
  45. Peter Bengston. "Resources For Exporters At The New York Public Library." Diamond District Monthly 78 (Nov, 2016): 7-8.
    "As a successful businessperson you understand the need to stay current with the latest trends in your industry and learn more about the consumer behavior of your customer base. [...] If you want to grow your business, expand your leads, and keep abreast of industry developments, it's worth your time to visit SIBL, the best source of business and industry information in NYC." [Article excerpt]

Honorable Mentions (Works That Mention SIBL)

  1. "Librarians Meet To Turn Online Services Into 'Virtual Certainty'." Wilson Library Bulletin 69, no. 10 (June 1995): 17.
    "Elizabeth Bentley Menna, assistant director for services of New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL), gave a detailed description of the new facility's ground floor. She said that serious space is devoted to Internet stations, docking ports, and online catalogs. Most of SIBL's tabletops are wired for computer input." [Article excerpt]
  2. C.K. "Libraries In The News." American Libraries 27, no. 6 (June 1996): 28.
    "ABC World News Tonight aired a segment May 2 on how libraries are getting hooked up to the information superhighway. ALA President Betty Turock was interviewed and footage of NYPL's new Science, Industry, and Business Library was featured." [Article excerpt]
  3. "Interactive Communications." Editor & Publisher 129, no. 36 (September 7, 1996): 30.
    "Dow Jones news/retrieval is now available to the public at the Science, Industry and Business Library in New York City." [Article excerpt]
  4. Hoffman, Nicholas von. "Checking Out Electronic Libraries." Architectural Digest 53, no. 10 (October 1996): 130.
    Examines the problems and possibilities of libraries equipped with the latest in computer technology. The cost of installing the equipment; The amount of library assistants needed to assist patrons with the technology; The myth that computer equipment takes library worker jobs; The technological advancement of the Science, Industry, and Business Library in New York City and St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland; The foresight of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria.
  5. Holusha, John. "From Department Store To Storehouse of Knowledge." New York Times 25 May 1997.
    "But the main area is downstairs, where Altman's had its gift-wrap and mail-order operations. 'The deeper you go, the more serious it gets,' Mr. Walker said. He said a library facility such as his was intended for graduate-level research, with neighborhood branch libraries for undergraduate-level study. To make the below-grade space more attractive, part of the first floor was removed, allowing light from display windows to fall on an open floor intended as a meeting hall. Farther in are the service desk for the main book collection and 70 work stations in the Electronic Information Center." [Article excerpt]
  6. Isaacs, Nora. "Doing Your Homework." Infoworld 20, no. 25 (June 22, 1998): 103.
    "Finally, don't forget about libraries -- some of which now offer online access. The New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library is an immense research library that can be accessed online or by phone at (212) 592-7000. It has basic company information, company profiles and brief histories, current news and background information, financial information, company Web sites, Internet resources, worldwide business directories, and hints for researching that can be followed at any good business library." [Article excerpt]
  7. Tullier, Michelle. The Unofficial Guide to Acing the Interview (1999).
    "In New York City for example I send my clients to the impressive Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) which is part of the public library system, where they find every database, print directly or CD-ROM they could ever need to research any person, place or thing." [Book excerpt]
  8. Kibirige, Harry M. "Internet Access In Public Libraries: Results Of An End User Targeted Pilot Study, 1997-2000." Information Technology & Libraries 20, no. 2 (June 2001): 113-115.
    "Although it was not in the study, the New York Public Library System's Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) [...] has an elaborate training program that goes a long way to answer some of the questions raised in this study. (FN7) More of such programs are needed in public libraries even when it means scaled-down versions of SIBL. Programming and outreach has changed to meet the needs of the stakeholders in the communities public libraries serve in the Information Age. Continued progress is essential and models for computer literacy instruction can be found in such libraries as SIBL." [Article excerpt]
  9. Oder, Norman. "Peter McCracken: Librarian As Entrepreneur." Library Journal 126, no. 13 (August 2001): 44-46.
    "John Ganly, assistant director for collections at New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library, signed up with Serials Solutions early on. 'We tried [to track journals] in-house, using existing staff and technology, to monitor the number of databases and titles,' he recalls. 'It was an enormous project. We never really felt we did it at the level of accuracy we wanted and couldn't keep it up.' Ganly says, 'From my end the pleasure of [working] with this company is that it's easier dealing with someone with a library background.'" [Article excerpt]
  10. "ACRL In San Francisco: ACRL's Programs At The ALA Annual Conference." College & Research Libraries News 62, no. 8 (September 2001): 793-802.
    "Ann Thornton discussed the signage problems of NYPL's Science Industry and Business Library She noted how the irutally minimalist signage program for the facility soon gave way to a proliferation of informal signs. She described the library's approach to minimizing intrusive signs yet still communicating certain essential messages." [Article excerpt]
  11. Hays, Janet. Retire In New York City: Even If You're Not Rich (2003)
    "In New York City SCORE is expanding its program with offices in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Bronx and special programs at the Science, Industry and Business Library" [Book excerpt]
  12. "Clinton Captivates At NYPL." American Libraries 35, no. 4 (April 2004): 12.
    Reports on the speech given by former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Financial Services Leadership Forum at SIBL on February 10, 2004. Addressing an audience of businesspeople, Clinton offered his views on libraries, ranging from a history of libraries in the Arab world to his own presidential library, set to open in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November.
  13. Hills-Nova, Clare. "Researching Fashion In New York Libraries And Beyond." Art Libraries Journal 29, no. 3 (July 2004): 22-27.
    "NYPL's other flagship building, the former Altman department store on Madison Avenue and 34th Street, might also require a visit since this is where the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) is located; here, a variety of excellent guides to and publications on the clothing industry -- once so prominent in New England and in New York itself -- are collected. Moreover, New York's acknowledgement of the creative sector's contribution to its post-industrial (global) economy ensures that print publications as well as numerous electronic resources relevant to the rag trade continue to feature prominently amongst SIBL's holdings; its online research guide, Apparel and textiles, for example, is especially useful." [Article excerpt]
  14. Welch, Jeanie M. "Silent Partners: Public Libraries And Their Services To Small Businesses And Entrepreneurs." Public Libraries 44, no. 5 (September 2005): 282-286.
    "One of the largest business centers in the United States is the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) of the New York Public Library. […] SIBL includes computer workstations, online databases, and an electronic training center" [Article excerpt]
  15. Slight-Gibney, Nancy, Virginia Taffurelli, and Mary Iber. "Budgeting Lesson And Stories." Serials Librarian 48, no. 1/2 (May 2005): 31-37.
    "Virginia Taffurelli described how the Science, Industry and Business Library of The New York Public Library approached its large budget cut and consequent cancellation project." [Article excerpt]
  16. Bergart, Robin and Vivian Lewis. Sudden Selector's Guide to Business Resources (2007).
    "As the name suggests these [SIBL’s online] research guides are a mix of science, industry and business. Business selectors might serendipitously find something of interest that they would not find on the website devoted only to business such as climate data, tsunami resources and apparel, fashion and textiles sources." [Article excerpt]
  17. Drake, Miriam A. "Defining the Library Of The 21st Century: The British Library." Searcher 15, no. 2 (February 2007): 30-35.
    "The library brought in some new people, several from the corporate sector who had worked on business intelligence services and people who supported consultancy firms. The new staff was more experienced in dealing with key people and integrating information into coherent packages. The library sent some people to the Science, Industry, and Business Library at New York Public Library for training." [Article excerpt]
  18. "ALA Annual Conference Posts Record Attendance." Advanced Technology Libraries 36, no. 8 (August 2007): 1-8.
    "Initially, The New York Public Library had a pilot-project agreement with Google, but it now has a permanent agreement to scan titles in public domain. John Balow, collection management librarian, said 'thousands and thousands' of books have been scanned, with titles coming primarily from the main library building but also some from the Science, Industry and Business Library. Condition is the major 'filtering factor,' and because of poor condition, the library is unable to send the number of volumes it would like. NYPL plans to provide links to Google from its catalog." [Article excerpt]
  19. DiMattia, Susan S. "Getting the Money You Need." Online 32, no. 1 (January 2008): 22-26.
    "John Ganly, assistant director at the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) of New York Public Library, says his department doesn't consciously fundraise for a specific database or other resource. Instead, they advise potential major donors of special resources or collections that fall into their subject interest or expertise. If major donors agree to have their donations applied in this way, they receive acknowledgment in the catalog for underwriting the cost of the entire collection." [Article excerpt]
  20. Trujillo Gonzalez, Adriana, Vincci Kwong, Julie Strange, and Julie Yen. "A Guide To Excellent Creative Business Libraries and Business Centers." Reference & User Services Quarterly 48, no. 3 (Spring 2009): 232-238.
    "The SIBL targeted the small business community and shifted away from just being an Internet-cafe type of facility to become a tiered service center. This involved revamping the existing website, developing skills of staff, partnering, and intense marketing. The SIBL implemented various services and resources, including workshops given by business experts, individualized attention, and additional database offerings. Some of these enhancements were suggested by librarians responding to our survey. The SIBL also recognized that staff development and ongoing partnerships were necessary for the SIBL to be successful." [Article excerpt]
  21. "News Desk: NYPL, Help Jobless." Library Journal 134, no. 3 (February 15, 2009): 13.
    "The New York Public Library (NYPL), with the assistance of, on January 27 drew more than 1000 people to 'Back to Work: Jumpstart Your Job Search,' a free event aimed to help laid-off professionals with not only career information but also personalized advice. Some 250 people registered for the 220 slots available for 20-minute 'speed coaching' sessions from career coaches. Various workshops at NYPL's Science, Industry and ;Business Library were standing room only." [Article excerpt]
  22. Peterson-Sloss, Celeste. "Noted & Quoted." Computers In Libraries 30, no. 10 (December 2010): 28-29.
    "The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced that it has inducted three members into its Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are Guy St. Clair, Judith Field, and John Ganly. […] Ganly has been a member of SLA since 1984. According to the announcement, he is recognized as a pioneer in developing, practicing, and teaching business librarianship. He has served as assistant director of the Science, Industry and Business Library at the New York Public Library. He has been active in fundraising, vendor relations, and networking for the New York Chapter. In 1999, he was inducted into the Business & Finance Division's Hall of Fame." [Article excerpt]
  23. Gilton, Donna L. Lifelong Learning In Public Libraries: Principles, Programs, And People (2012).
    "Many public and academic business collections on the web offer electronic pathfinders as the main mode of instruction, at least on the Internet. However, one public business library NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) has an extensive schedule of classes comparable to those in many academic libraries." [Book excerpt]
  24. MacLeod, Don. How To Find Out Anything: From Extreme Google Searches To Scouring Government Documents, A Guide To Uncovering Anything About Everyone And Everything (2012).
    "The tireless librarians at the New York Public’s Science, Industry and Business Library offer a list of directories for dozens of industries at a page quite naturally titled Industry Specific Directories. This is an excellent resource for locating reference materials […] You won't be surprised to hear that the researchers from the NYPL's Science, Industry and Business Library offer a lengthy list of Industry surveys for your delectation." [Book excerpt]
  25. Collins, Bradley. "How Public Libraries Are A Boon To Small Business." American Libraries 43, no. 7/8 (July 2012): 28-31.
    "As might be expected, NYPL's NYC Small Business Resource Center is huge and offers 10-15 free workshops every week." [Article excerpt]
  26. Schwartz, Meredith. "Massive Open Opportunity." Library Journal 138, no. 9 (May 15, 2013): 22.
    "LYNDA.COM, which offers about 1,700 instructional videos, also focuses on practical online training, much of it technical. The site recently partnered with New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) to provide free access to its content and is pursuing partnerships with other libraries." [Article excerpt]
  27. Azzolini, John. Law Firm Librarianship: Issues, Practice and Directions (2013): 65.
    "Some large metropolitan public library systems have branches designed specifically as business libraries. The New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library [...] is one such example. Having been established with these communities of practice in mind, it contains exceptional business-related collections as well as a research staff adept at managing and searching them." [Book excerpt]
  28. "Award-Winning Speaker Theodore Henderson Serves as Judge for New York StartUP! 2013 Business Plan Competition." PR Newswire 16 Sept. 2013. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.
    "The Competition gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to bolster their business acumen. Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while learning about the plentiful small business resources at The New York Public Library's Science, IndustryandBusinessLibrary (SIBL) located at 188 Madison Avenue at 34th Street. Judges decide the winners by evaluating each plan based on its content, including the thoroughness and quality of the analysis, use of information, and clear concise communication. Winners receive cash prizes, with a first place award of $15,000, second place of $7,500, third place of $5,000, and fourth and fifth place of $1,500." [Article excerpt]
  29. Enis, Matt. "Industry: Offers Home Access." Library Journal 139, no. 19 (November 15, 2014): 1.
    "The company began exploring enhanced access for library patrons two years ago, testing a nonfixed IP address licensing model with the New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) branch in December 2012. As many as 50 patrons at a time could access content from any of SIBL's 150 public workstations. And from September 2013 through September 2014, worked with 27 libraries to pilot test a licensing model that enabled patrons to check out two-week subscriptions to the service." [Article excerpt]
  30. Ballard, Terry. 50 Specialty Libraries Of New York City: From Botany To Magic (2016): 27.


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