Library Community Network: Unhiding Our Communities
Available on Amazon. Library Community Network (LCN) places the local public library at the center of a network that connects and promotes nonprofit resources to the local population. See also: LibraryCommunityNetwork.org
The LCN plan begins with a library directory listing of nonprofit organizations and proceeds by taking actions to encourage collaboration and community involvement. The directory is only a starting point – there is much more to the process of a library community network.
Why libraries and nonprofits?
Libraries are valued for their skills in information gathering and dissemination, and organizations are valued for the content and services 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.