Lynda.com available to the community free of charge
Online training is at your fingertips, free of charge, with the Orangeville Public Library website acting as the portal to lynda.com. The Town of Orangeville is providing free access to lynda.com for town taxpayers, business owners and residents. Access to the well-known and extensive online learning platform is available with membership to the Orangeville Public Library.
This is a fantastic initiative that offers a great training resource for the community,” said Chief Librarian Darla Fraser. “This is brought to the community as one of the Orangeville Public Library’s many e-resources and the online training is available 24 hours a day with a library membership. Besides the ability to look at magazines online or download books and audio books, members can now access a well-respected online learning platform. The value is evident given the regular cost to access lynda.com is several hundred dollars per year per individual. The training is professional, very user-friendly, and covers motivational as well as instructional videos that teach software and computer skills.”
Lynda.com offers more than 4,000 courses in business, technology and creative skills taught by industry experts. Users can choose from several learning paths on the site: business, design, web design and development, audio and music, 3D animation, education and e-learning, marketing, photography, and video. The business courses range from becoming an accounts payable officer to becoming a civil engineering CAD technician, from fostering collaboration to managing performance.
“Such a broad range of online training will benefit local businesses,” said Director of Economic Development, Planning and Innovation Nancy Tuckett. “Our recent Business Retention and Expansion initiative demonstrated that access to affordable social media training opportunities was important to local businesses. By partnering together, the Town is able to make this resource available to eligible business owners and their employees free of charge.”
Based in California, lynda.com was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. Local access to the service is being provided through a partnership with the Town’s Economic Development, Information Technology, and Public Library services. Town employees will also benefit from the service.
Gaining access to lynda.com is a straight-forward process and requires only that users have a current library membership. Orangeville Public Library membership cards are available, at no charge, for Orangeville taxpayers, businesses and residents. All you need to sign up for a membership is ID with your home or business address on it. The process is quick and simple; just drop into the library (currently the main branch at Broadway and Mill Street is closed for renovations and the Alder branch has extended hours of operation seven days a week).
Once registered with the library, taxpayers – residents and business owners – can log into lynda.com with their library membership number and their own individual PINs. After setting up an account with lynda.com, subsequent log-ins are simple through the Orangeville Public Library website at www.orangevillelibrary.ca and clicking on “online services” and the lynda.com icon.
The process is without charge for residents of Orangeville and the Town of Mono. Non-residents of Orangeville (other than Mono) pay a membership fee of $145 per year or half price for six months. Residents of East Garafraxa and Amaranth are reimbursed for the fee through their municipalities.