Your Manhattan Public Library card now gives you access to the 4,595 video courses on Lynda.com. All you have to do is follow the link http://www.mhklibrary.org/go/lynda/ , enter your library card number and password, create an account, and you can start learning from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
But what is Lynda.com?
Lynda.com is an online library of video courses on topics ranging from Improving Your Memory to Creating Textures for 3D Animation. Each subject is broken down into smaller video tutorials so you can stop and start, and learn at your own pace. There are videos for all learning levels–from beginner to professional.
Courses focus mainly on computer and software skills, but include information on teaching, stress management, job interview skills, and more. Browse the library to get an overview of what’s offered, or if you have a specific interest, use the search bar to find courses.
Software is s good topic to start with. You’ll find a quick list of the most popular software tutorials, or you can browse alphabetically for everything from Access to GarageBand to Zoomerang.
Is it really free?
Yes, all library resources are free. Manhattan Public Library has paid for the subscription and all library card holders have access to the service. Residents of Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee, and Washington counties can follow this link to get a library card.
Do I have to be in the library?
No, you can access Lynda.com from library computers or from outside the library using your own device. 35 users can access the site simultaneously. After 1 hour of inactivity, you will be logged off so other people can log on. Lynda will keep track of the videos you’ve watched, and hold your place when you log off.
Read along with closed-captioned transcripts–or search the text to quickly find information within a course.
Download Exercise Files
Download the files used in the video courses so you can practice on your own. Please note: library computers do not have access to all the software taught on lynda.com, such as Photoshop and AutoCAD. You must have your own copy of the software you’re learning in order to open the exercise files.
Certificates of Completion
Earn a certificate of completion for each course viewed. Print the certificate to show coworkers, friends, and employers what you’ve accomplished.
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