The Alachua County Library District (ACLD) is pleased to offer its cardholders access to Lynda.com's library of instructional videos. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as an ACLD library cardholder you can access Lynda.com content from any computer for free with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit ACLD library card barcode and 4-digit PIN.
Once you have logged into Lynda.com with your library barcode and pin you must create a personalized Lynda.com account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion. Many courses also feature exercise files, so that if you're watching a tutorial about Microsoft Excel you can follow the activity with downloadable, pre-populated Excel spreadsheet files.
Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.
Course offerings include:
- Art, graphic design, and music classes, teaching everything from 3D animation to engineering sound to the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and more)
- Help with computer programs, including videos on how to use Microsoft Office
- Courses that can help you in your career—everything from public speaking to marketing to dealing with workplace issues
- Computer programming, IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), and web design
- Photography and video… just to name a few.
Need help navigating the site? Watch a quick overview video of how to use Lynda.com here. There is also a user guide available to download at the bottom of this blog.