Making the Most of Lynda.com

On June 1, the library unveiled its newest online resource, the powerful learning platform Lynda.com. Lynda’s 5,000+ courses (with an average of 25 more added every week) can be accessed anytime, anywhere, by Watertown residents with a library card and PIN.

Some residents have already used Lynda.com through their schools, offices, or LinkedIn memberships, but those who haven’t might wonder what makes it special. After all, a quick search on YouTube for just about any skill, from boiling an egg to doing the foxtrot, is likely to bring up a video (or, in the case of the search term “build a website,” more than a million videos) of someone explaining how it’s done.

Here’s what distinguishes Lynda.com from other sources of online training:

  • Its trainers are top professionals in their fields, vetted for both content mastery and teaching ability.
  • Its self-paced courses are designed for use anytime, anywhere. Interrupted during a session? Bookmark a video or add courses to a playlist to revisit later.
  • All videos come with transcripts, and most with closed captioning, to make the video format accessible to those who learn best through text.
  • Many courses include exercise files for practice; in the case of web development courses, a built-in coding environment allows practice with real-time preview.
  • For every completed course, Lynda.com provides a certificate that learners can add to their portfolio, building a record of achievement to show to employers.

Not sure where to start?

If you have any questions about accessing and using Lynda.com — or if you just want to share what you are learning! — don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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Hi,
In the intro above, you say you just need a library card and PIN to sign up. When I tried to sign up I got the option for an account that you pay for.
What's the procedure to sign up.
Thanks
Tom Greene

Hi Tom! Please use the special access link located at watertownlib.org/lynda. If you still have any trouble, please contact the Reference department at 617.972.6436 or jclements@watertown-ma.gov

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