Lynda Tutorials Now Available to Cardholders

Lynda Tutorials Now Available for Free to Cardholders
Posted on 11/06/2018

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (November 6, 2018) – Now available free to library cardholders in good standing at Manatee Libraries: Lynda, a premier online learning resource which offers more than 4,000 courses, covering technical skills, creative techniques and business topics.

Lynda for Libraries allows customers to watch videos, from home or at one of Manatee County’s six libraries, in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and return to lessons at their convenience. Course offerings include:

• Art, graphic design, and music classes, teaching everything from 3D animation to engineering sound to the Adobe PhotoShop
• Help with computer programs, such as Microsoft Office
• Professional development courses, including public speaking and workplace issues
• Computer programming, IT management (e.g. Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), and Web design
• Photography and video

 Lynda is the newest of several online resources freely available to customers of Manatee Libraries. Other resources include Mango, a self-paced language learning tool; OverDrive, which contains thousands of ebooks/audiobooks; Hoopla Digital, which provides access to ebooks, eaudiobooks and streaming movies/shows/music; EBSCO LearningExpress; Mergent Intellect, a comprehensive Dun & Bradstreet database; and Flipster, access to digital versions of popular magazines. For a full list of resources, please go to mymanatee.org/library and click “Research & Learning.”

Interim Library Services Manager, Glenda Lammers, said providing free educational tools is a priority of Manatee Libraries.

“We strive to provide high-quality, easy-to-access educational resources for our customers, available wherever the library customer wants to learn. Having access to professional tools prepared and lead by industry experts is especially important for those seeking new careers. Easing the financial burden is one of our priorities,” said Lammers.

A cardholder can get to Lynda.com by going to mymanatee.org/library, clicking the “Research and Learning” tab, then the “Tutorials & Practice Tests” tab. After creating an account, which only requires a name and e-mail address, users are set. They can watch any videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. After signing up, cardholders can access Lynda at a library or on their desktop computers, tablets or mobile devices.

Lynda is owned by LinkedIn, a social network for the business community founded in 2003.

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, x6307, or kelly.foster@mymanatee.org.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit mymanatee.org/library and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov