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.
The pilot project objective is to stay lean, learn, measure, react and repeat. We at Librii are insuring our donations and resources create the greatest impact before we rollout a larger project.
Lesson 1: Get the Mission Right
Our mission has gone through several iterations and has recently settled on: Librii is a franchise of libraries + educational centers designed for the Internet age and serving communities with limited access to technology. However, when preparing to sit down with the first user, we realized that reading that to them would sound ridiculous. So, on the first day of operations, we literally rewrote the mission statement to: Librii’s mission is to offer world-class educational experiences so that people can achieve transformational growth for themselves and their communities.
Lesson 2. The Power of Clarity
In Librii’s first days, it’s critical to begin building a culture of hard-core learning. To help steer us, we’ve adopted Alliance Framework, which lays out clear expectations so that both Librii and its users can invest in one another with confidence. This framework establishes an environment based on mutual trust, mutual investment, and mutual benefit, that directs each user towards self-directed learning goals. This process has provided a clear picture of what skills Librii users developing and how those efforts further each individual’s larger life goals.
3. Network Intelligence
Librii has a great network of professionals who have supported our early stage development and we are eager to leverage that network to help our users. However, we did not expect the user networks to benefit Librii immediately. We were pleasantly surprised when our first user recruited a friend from her network to who signed on as Librii’s second user!
Librii is founded on the notion that libraries are places where people come to create things and in the process build a 21st century skill set. Telmen came to Librii to learn 3D modeling and graphic design software and after one day made significant progress. We celebrated his growth by posting his work - technically the FIRST THING created by a Librii user - in the gallery.
We are delighted to be up and running and look forward to sharing further stories with you as the spring and summer unfold!
THANKS again to all those who have supported Librii's development. We look forward to testing, learning, and adjusting to ensuring we are creating the greatest possible impact.
By David Dewane, Librii Executive Director