An Overview of Lynda.com

by Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant and Technology Instructor 

10/7/2020

Lynda.com is an online resource to learn creative and workplace skills. According to the website:  

"Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. 

For 20 years, Lynda.com has helped students, leaders, IT and design pros, project managers—anyone in any role—develop software, creative, and business skills. Now part of Linkedin, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organizations. With tutorials in five languages, Lynda.com is a global platform for success." 

Normally, it costs between $20-30 per month, but Lynda.com is 100% free to use with your library card. I was thrilled to learn that we have access to this particular resource, with more than 5,000 courses to take. As a Web Developer in the past, I've used it exclusively to supplement my skills. Take it from me, I've learned a ton from Lynda.com over the last decade. And I've pretty much devoured new coursework over the quarantine.  

I'm confident that you can use Lynda.com for your own professional development, and I implore you to explore it when you have some time. It's something that I cannot promote enough. 

Please don't think it's all related to Media Lab or creative things. If it's popular software, you can probably find a tutorial on it. And yes, there's a ton of Adobe, Google, Microsoft, PC and Apple-related things. I shouldn't forget Linux, too. The main categories are as follows: 

  • 3D+Animation
  • Audio and Music 
  • Business 
  • CAD 
  • Design 
  • Developer 
  • Education + Elearning 
  • IT 
  • Marketing 
  • Photography 
  • Video 
  • Web 

Personally, I can easily get absorbed on Lynda.com all day. It’s time well spent, not to mention, something you can add to your resume. 

Logging in to Lynda.com with Your Library Card 

You will need to sign in through the organization portal or just click here. Under organization URL, type in "lakeforestlibrary.org" and press Continue. See the screenshot: 

You will see a login screen, as shown below. Type in your library card number and use the same password that you use for your lakeforestlibrary.org account. Press Log In. It's that simple. 

  

Lynda.com Dashboard 

This is what you will see upon logging in. It's user-friendly, and pretty straightforward. 

The Top Bar