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LinkedIn Learning: Build Marketable, In-Demand Skills on your Schedule



Nancy is the e-Resources Librarian at the New Orleans Public Library

In our post-pandemic world as employment opportunities and business trends continue to evolve, now is the perfect time to learn a new skill, develop your skillset, or broaden your area of expertise. The Library is committed to the professional and personal development of our users and we are proud to offer LinkedIn Learning free to all cardholders. 

I recently took LinkedIn Learning’s Excel Essential Training course and am so grateful that I did. Not only did I learn a lot, but it was also convenient to watch the class modules on my own schedule and skip through the parts I already knew.

Now when I want a review, I just go to the course and click on the relevant lesson. I can also search the transcript of a lesson to quickly find exactly what I need.

In addition to the Excel course, I’ve taken “Secrets to Effective Prioritization” and “Time Management Fundamentals.” Both have helped me immensely in my job and in my life. LinkedIn Learning is truly one of the Library’s most valuable e-resources.

Why use LinkedIn Learning?

LinkedIn Learning offers over 16,000 self-paced courses in seven languages, taught by industry professionals. This digital course provider is powered by LinkedIn’s network, so it maintains an updated library of in-demand hard and soft skills, with new content added weekly.

Note: You do not have to create a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning through the Library.

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

LinkedIn Learning lets you learn at your own pace. You can select courses relevant to your current career, or the career that you want to pursue. You have access to courses in areas such as business, technology, and marketing, as well as courses to help you sharpen your job search and interview skills. You can also pursue other passions! With courses on financial literacy, social media, and even drawing and music theory, you’ll be able to grow and develop in the areas you care about, both at and outside of work.  

How are Courses Formatted?

These digital learning courses are broken down into concise chapters and sections. You can jump to or bookmark any section. 

Industry professionals lead each pre-recorded course at a steady, easy-to-follow pace. Courses are self-guided, so you can rewind, fast forward, or adjust the playback speed to suit your needs.

Captions are available for all videos. The majority of courses offer written transcripts, too Transcript text is clickable and searchable. You can click on any word or section to jump to the corresponding portion of the video. 

Another useful feature is the notebook tool. Notes that you take will appear in a timestamped, chronological order under each section. They’re helpful for adding context to what you’re learning or marking sections that you would like to review again. Many courses also include downloadable exercise files to assist with hands-on learning and application. They typically contain a mixture of assignment files and helpful resources, such as copyediting style sheets. 

Can I Earn Education Credits?

LinkedIn Learning is partnered with universities worldwide that offer academic credit for completing eligible learning paths. You can earn official academic credit upon successful learning assessment and university program enrollment. 

LinkedIn Learning also offers the opportunity to obtain continuing education units (CEUs). These non-academic credits count towards classroom and training requirements for maintaining professional licensure. If you’re working towards any professional certifications, you can get a head start through LinkedIn Learning’s certification preparation programs. Prep courses explore concepts and objectives that will be tested by certification exams. Featured programs include Adobe, AVID, Autodesk, Google, Salesforce, and Meta. 

Getting Started

Go to LinkedIn Learning and log in with your Library cad barcode and PIN. These will be your login credentials for LinkedIn Learning. Login instructions can be found on our tutorial, here. Once you’re in, browse around! Embark on a Learning Path, take a course, learn something new, and apply it in your day-to-day.

Learn on the Go

The LinkedIn Learning mobile application is now available for iOS and Android. After downloading it from the app store, select Sign In With Your Library Card and enter the library ID, nola. You’ll be prompted to enter your library barcode and PIN. You can also download courses on your mobile device to watch later, and you can switch between devices anytime. 

Help is Available

For help logging in, contact us via our Ask A Librarian feature on the homepage of our website. For technical issues once you’re up and running, you’ll have the option to click for help throughout the system, with access to LinkedIn Learning’s FAQ, as well as the ability to connect via email, chat, and phone. 

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