Holders of Lexington Public Library cards can now take courses at Lynda.com (a LinkedIn company) for free. From the Lexington Public Library's description at the above link:
Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.The link to get there is at the page above, or you can click here: http://www.lexpublib.org/sites/default/dbforward.php?dbname=43220 and save it to your browser favourites/bookmarks. Apparently library access is not available through their mobile application, so check out the caveat at the bottom of the announcement page on using it on a mobile device through the broweser. Hope you enjoy this! I've looked through it and there's a lot on Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, some on personal finance, lots of technology stuff.
- Access to 3,599 courses and 274,000 tutorials.
- New courses added every week to keep your skills up to date with the fast-changing pace of technology.
- Switch back and forth between devices without ever losing your place.
- The playlists feature lets you create and manage a list of courses you want to watch, and bookmarks tag specific videos for reference.
- Courses are presented in small chunks, so it’s easy to find quick answers to specific questions. You can also watch an entire course from end to end if you choose.
- Instructors are respected professionals in their fields, and passionate about sharing their expertise.
- Compelling videos use screenshots, narration, live action, smart boards, charts, graphics, and audio.
- Creative Inspirations series goes behind the scenes with creative professionals and industry veterans to show how extraordinary products, ventures, and careers come to be.
- Read along with closed-captioned transcripts—or search the text to quickly find information within a course.
- Earn certificates of completion for each course viewed, and show coworkers, friends, and potential employers what you’ve accomplished.
And it is now raining cats and dogs. Time for a nap, caffeine be damned.