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. A functioning demonstration directory can be viewed here: Peekskill Library Community Network. 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.

In its implementation, this program is a bit sneaky: 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.

Book edition available: 2023