Library Community Network (LCN) is a plan that places the local public library at the center of an effort to network and promote nonprofit resources that serve the community.

The plan begins with the library creating a directory listing of nonprofit organizations, and proceeds by taking actions that encourage collaboration and community involvement. The directory is only a starting point.

Why libraries and nonprofits?

Libraries are valued for their skills in information gathering and dissemination, and organizations are valued for the content they provide: both are valued for the active concern they have for local community. Pairing these two is both useful and practical: one for having the potential to make culture and services more visible, and the other for enabling individuals to better satisfy their needs and desires.

Create a library directory and new relationships can form that help the public library and nonprofit organizations to become more relevant and responsive to evolving community needs.

All it takes is a shift in how information is managed.

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