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Dayton Metro Library Introduces Free Online Learning Platform for Skill-Building

Free Access to Lynda.com Starts July 15

lyndaJob seekers, individuals considering career options and anyone wanting to update their skills or acquire new ones will have a convenient new online learning resource available through the Dayton Metro Library. Lynda.com for Libraries offers thousands of expert-led video tutorials on business, software, technology and creative skills for both personal and professional learning. Starting July 15, the service will be available free of charge for Dayton Metro Library cardholders at DaytonMetroLibrary.org.

Lynda.com gives people in our community a wonderful opportunity to learn at their own pace from industry experts, classroom educators, best-selling authors and recognized authorities, completely free,” said Rachel Gut, Deputy Director of the Dayton Metro Library. “The Library has long offered computer skills and software classes, but Lynda.com takes learning to the next level and beyond. The range, depth and quality of the courses are truly impressive.”

Lynda.com has more than 4,700 courses, with more added weekly. The extensive video library contains more than 176,700 tutorials that can be viewed using a browser on computer, tablet or mobile device. Courses are available 24/7; students can use them at their own pace, saving and returning to lessons at any time.

Topics include:

  • Career Development, Interviewing, Career Coaching
  • Computer Skills, IT, Web Development
  • Business, Management
  • Graphic Design, Photography & Video
  • so many more

For job seekers, Lynda.com’s Learning Paths offer guidance toward reaching specific career goals, such as “Become a Graphic Designer” or “Become a Recording Engineer.” The majority of courses are eligible for earning Certificates of Completion. These certificates can be integrated into a user’s LinkedIn profile as well as downloaded, printed or emailed to potential employers, clients or others.

“It’s easier than ever to share accomplishments in the job market, or showcase your skills and knowledge,” said Gut. “This is important whether you are just starting out, looking to enhance your skills, or you’re in a period of career transition.”

Lynda.com is a key component of the Dayton Metro Library’s LAUNCH workforce initiative, which includes programming, services, tools and resources to help build a ready workforce in the Dayton area. Along with strategic partnerships with many community organizations, LAUNCH works to connect people to free, quality job skills and resources.

“Lynda.com is hands-down one of the best sources for online learning,” says Jill Duffy at PCMag.com. “The site is exceptional at teaching technical skills and technique, such as software for video editing, photography, coding, and even animation. Beyond multimedia training, Lynda.com also helps people pick up business principles, money-management advice, and much more.”

Lynda.com for Libraries is free and accessible 24/7 through the Research Tools at DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Users must have a Dayton Metro Library card number and PIN to access it. For more information, call (937) 463-BOOK or visit any Dayton Metro Library location.

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