The premier online education site, Lynda.com, is now available free for all Southern Maryland library users with a valid Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s library card.

Lynda.com offers a large variety of video courses in software, creative and business skills, which are taught by industry experts. Library users of Lynda.com will have unlimited access to all Lynda.com courses.

“Lynda.com is just the latest educational tool we are providing to library customers,” said Jennifer Falkowski, Information Services Manager for the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association.  “By providing this service to our partner libraries, we are able to save their customers money, as well as help meet their need for quality and convenient learning experiences.”  According to the Lynda.com website, a basic membership would cost $25/month, per person.

All Lynda.com programs can be accessed (with a library card) from any computer or hand-held device.

“Since Lynda.com was recently purchased by LinkedIn, an additional benefit is that completion certificates from Lynda can be automatically posted on a student’s LinkedIn site,” said Falkowski.

Access to the free library version of Lynda.com is available at smrla.org/Lynda. The entire collection of COSMOS online resources can be found at cosmos.somd.lib.md.us or by link from any of the three county library system websites:  Calvert Library (calvertlibrary.info); Charles County Public Library (ccplonline.org); and St. Mary’s County Library (stmalib.org).

For more information about the collection of online resources or Lynda.com, talk to a librarian at your local library.