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Discovering How-To Videos at the Greenbelt Library Online

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For at least 15 years I’ve been turning to the instructional videos at Lynda.com to tackle the many, many technical challenges coming at us seemingly nonstop. At Lynda I’ve learned photo and video editing, Windows in its many iterations, ditto for iPhone versions, and most recently, how use social media for nonprofits.

But high-quality instructional videos like the ones at Lynda aren’t on Youtube and they’re not free. Their fee is $25 per month to watch an unlimited number of videos, which I’ve happily paid for a month or two at a time while I quickly watched as many videos as I needed, before unsubscribing again.

That pattern changed recently when I discovered that we can all use Lynda for free through the Greenbelt Library’s website. Yay for public libraries!

To get to Lynda, choose Digital Services in the top menu, then Online Resources, then Academics-Tutoring-Testing, the first box in this graphic.

So if you’re a learner, especially a visual one like me, check out the terrific tutorials at Lynda.

It’s available throughout the Prince George’s County system and the one in D.C., too, but not Montgomery County. Lucky for those MoCty folks, there’s reciprocity.

What Greenbelters are Using

In the category of Tutoring, the most popular sites at our branch are more homework-oriented, of course.

Like Brainfuse Live Online Tutoring, which teaches every imaginable subject for kids and adults, in English or Spanish. So they’re not videos – they’re actually LIVE.

Another popular service is Rosetta Stone, which teaches 30 different languages.

Kids still GO to the library for help with school and there, reference staff steer them to the digital versions of authoritative, reliable reference books and away from the hot mess that is the typical Google results page. (In my field of gardening, the very worst stuff performs the best with search engines, which drives us all crazy.)

Online Resources aren’t all educational, I was happy to see. Friends with Kindles tell me they’re downloading even popular books quickly from the library, and movies and music are also available to be streamed.

Speaking of music, check out one more great resource on the library’s website – ArtistWorks!

Which seems to have brought us back to instruction.

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