State Library of Queensland now offers access to the valuable educational and training eresource lynda.com. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your skills or learn something completely new.
lynda.com is a web-based video subscription service providing courses for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills. It offers more than 3,000 courses and 135,000 video tutorials taught by experts in their field, with new courses available regularly. This is an effective and practical way to learn about evolving technology and keep your skills current – for professional development, improving job or promotional prospects or just for personal interest. In this age of constantly changing technology, it is important to keep your skills current and to maintain your ability to keep learning.
The topics covered by lynda.com include web design and development, business and career skills, software, social media, 3D and animation, audio, music and photography. Courses are available for all levels from beginner to advanced, and will work on macs, PCs and mobile devices.
One of the key features of the material on lynda.com is that all the courses and videos on offer are short and manageable, so you can get an answer to a problem or find clear instructions to suit your needs quickly, enabling you to get on with what you want to do. For example, if you want to know how to create tables in Excel, you can easily find a brief lesson to help you see exactly what to do to get the job done. Lynda.com is designed to cater to the practical needs of learners in today’s society.
Some of the most popular courses are for web skills and business software, such as Word and Excel. Other great tips include how to prepare effective presentations, and how to make the most of social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, to maximise the marketing potential of your business. I look forward to trying some of the photography courses and learning how to upgrade my Photoshop skills.
lynda.com tutorials and courses are all of a consistently high standard and provide reliable information, eliminating the need to distinguish useful information from vast quantities of lower quality material online.
SLQ members have free unlimited access to lynda.com. To start learning, go to the information about lynda.com on SLQ’s eresources page and follow the easy steps listed to sign up.
Once you’re logged in to lynda.com, you can search for courses and videos by topic, skill level, type of software or by the instructor’s name.
Enjoy your learning journey!