One of the most value-creating aspects of Librii is that users are provided the opportunity to not only learn skills for personal and professional development, but to also create something new, something that is both a contribution to the world and an expression of their authentic selves. This is not an easy task in a society that rewards conformance to current best practices and definitions of success. Yet, Librii has taken on the important challenge of balancing the two, and seems to be off to a successful start.
HUGE THANKS to all who participated in the Librii Interview Marathon this week. We are working hard to bring an edited version of the proceedings out ASAP, but check out this post for one special moment from the day.
Librii staff and fellows have put together a "Marathon Interview" happening Monday, April 11 from 1:00 - 7:00. We will be talking to a whole cast of characters from in and around Anacostia, each for 30 min, for 6 straight hours. The overall effort is to take a snapshot of the community at this moment in time, as seen through the eyes of a variety of citizens.
Librii marked a significant step forward in March 2016 by opening its first location. We are getting to know our users, generating our first impact report, and testing our revenue streams. In this post we’ll share some images of the space and discuss the three biggest takeaways from our very first week.
At the outset of 2016, America has a near record 5.6 million job openings. However, 8.3 million Americans remain out of work. One of the primary factors preventing these jobs from being filled is known as the “Skills Gap.”
As the Librii team continues to build its network in Anacostia, we recently we made the acquaintance of Chef Shawn Lightfoot. Shawn exemplifies the kind of citizen who feels a personal responsibility for his community and has found a way to put those beliefs into action through his work.
Soft skills are crucial to workplace success, but they’re hard to find. Librii steps up to connect its users with the skills they need.
Librii’s mission is to provide world-class educational experiences to underserved communities. When discussing education, specifically training that prepares someone for getting ahead in life, the conversation almost automatically focuses on developing mastery over specific skills or tools. Too often we overlook building an individual’s “soft skills,” which often times are equally (or MORE) important that technical skills.
Librii builds Internet-Age libraries so that people can follow their interests, acquire skills, and discover opportunities.
This is our elevator pitch. It is an indispensable tool for a young company, carefully crafted to deliver critical information efficiently at a time when attention is fleeting. This post goes a step further and gives a slightly deeper description of what Librii is all about and where we are headed.