Would you like to brush up on new software? Maybe you would like to become a become a pro at photography, video editing, or producing podcast? Are you looking to grow in your career but don’t have the time or money to attend professional development workshops? Well the library has just the thing for you – Lynda.com is a website offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business fields. Best of all, it is free with your library card. Read on to learn about how you can learn new skills for free, at your own pace, from the comfort of your home.
To use your library card for free access to Lynda.com, you must access the site from the Akron-Summit County Public Library website. Go to www.akronlibrary.org. Near the top of the page, click on Research, from that drop down click on Online Learning and the click on the Lynda.com (undefined) button. You will need to enter your library card number and library card PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your phone number.
Once logged in, you have access to thousands of online courses and videos. You can search keywords like “Photoshop,” “coding,” or “management skills” and browse results; or use links on the page to navigate to topics you are interested in. When you find a video click the Play button to watch it. It’s that simple. Lynda.com tracks your progress, making it easy to start each session where you left off last time. You can even take advantage of the Playlist features to track videos of interest or design your own curriculum. Lynda.com is owned by LinkedIn. Some of the courses offer virtual certificates upon completion which you add to your LinkedIn profile.
Dawn Meehan, Electronic Services Division Manager at Main Library