Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Have You Met Lynda Yet?

As we blogged previously, Lynda.com (a database you can access for free from the Library's website) gives you access to a wealth of online tutorials in the fields of technology, business and marketing. This is a superb tool you can use from home to improve all manners of tech and professional skills, regardless of your starting skill level. Want more info? Here are a few specific examples of what Lynda.com offers:

Programming and Software Development
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software development jobs are forecast to jump 22 percent by 2022; jobs in computer programming are growing at twice the national average. Do you or your young ones want to jump into coding? Try Lynda.com's coding tutorials. Take classes in:
  • Programming fundamentals
  • C++
  • Javascript
  • XML
  • App Development for IOS and Android
And one awesome thing about these classes: many offer a "practice environment" in which you get hands-on experience completing coding exercises. Sweet!

Marketing
Whether you're a PR professional or a small business owner, a nonprofit director or a community organizer, knowing how to market your organization and services is essential to your success. Log into Lynda.com and take classes in:
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter
  • Branding Fundamentals
  • Google Analytics Tips
  • Email Marketing Basics
Many classes also include downloadable exercises, worksheets or templates you can use on the job.

Software
How many software programs are covered on Lynda.com? More than 800. (That wasn't a typo: more than 800. Check out a list of offerings here.) With a huge variety of content like this, Lynda's tutorials run the gamut from common things like Microsoft Excel and Adobe to more specialized programs like AutoCAD and Hadoop. So whether you're looking to get acquainted with common software programs or sharpen the tools in your professional toolkit, Lynda.com probably has a class you can use. 

If you have questions about accessing Lynda.com (or any other FCPL resource), Library staff wants to help! Call us at (559) 600-9699 or email us

FCPL databases provide cardholders with a vast amount of accurate, free online information. This blog post is a part of a weekly series highlighting FCPL databases and is tagged with the blog tag “Resource of the Week.”

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