No matter where you work – for yourself or for someone else – you need to learn new stuff all the time. We live in more of a DIY world than ever before and our work skills are always begging to be expanded. As a librarian, I am constantly coming across new resources and information platforms that are awesome – and FREE – for learning new skills and I want to share them with you!
lynda.com, owned by LinkedIn, is a fantastic online learning platform that will cost you money if you subscribe to it yourself. But don’t do that. Instead, join the State Library of Queensland, connect through the library and IT IS FREE! That’s right, FREE!
“Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals….. members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.”
Do you want to learn something new or maybe you want to update your existing skills? No matter what kind of new business or creative skills you want (or need) to learn, you will find a video course that will help you learn enough to survive or become an expert! The courses are great quality and really up-to-date. As soon as there is a software update, there is an updated course. Here are just some of the examples of the courses available:
DIGITAL MARKETING | SEO | PHOTOGRAPHY | WEB DESIGN | WORDPRESS | PHOTOSHOP | USER EXPERIENCE | GAMES DESIGN | CODING | LEADERSHIP | PRODUCTIVITY | LOGO DESIGN | TYPOGRAPHY | FILM MAKING | MUSIC PRODUCTION | PRESENTATION SKILLS | SOCIAL MEDIA | COMMUNICATION
How to connect through the State Library of Queensland
Basically, the State Library of Queensland subscribes on behalf of all the residents of Queensland – they pay for it so we don’t have to. The trick is you have to join the library first AND connect to lynda.com through the library website. Join the State Library of Queensland online here for free and search the website using the word lynda.
How to connect through your local Queensland public library
If you are already a member of your local public library then you can also connect through their website and use your local library card.
How to connect for non-Queensland residents
Check at your local library to see if they subscribe to lynda.com. For example, the South Australian public libraries network subscribes and provides access for all residents of South Australia.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment below or ask at your local library. As information professionals it is our job to connect you with information!