Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Smyrna Public Library Announces Free lynda.com Service for Library Card Holders

Want to learn Photoshop, Excel, or WordPress? Now you can access thousands of online self-paced courses for free with your Smyrna Public Library card. 

lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos.

Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Normally, using lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a Smyrna Public Library cardholder you can access lynda.com content from any device with an Internet connection simply by entering your library card barcode and 4-digit PIN.

(Please note that you can only access course content through Smyrna Library's lynda.com login page, and not by directly visiting the lynda.com homepage. Bookmark accordingly. Please also note that while the BPL's lynda.com accounts are accessible through mobile devices, they are not accessible through lynda.com apps. Please use your mobile device's browser.)

Once you have logged into lynda.com with your library barcode you must create a personalized lynda.com account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion. Many courses also feature exercise files, so that if you're watching a tutorial about Microsoft Excel you can follow the activity with downloadable, pre-populated Excel spreadsheet files.

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