NPL- Looking to learn Photoshop? How about getting experienced with Microsoft Office? Or you might want to pick up some managerial skills like how to effectively deliver criticism, increasing collaboration on your team, or communicating through disagreement? You will want to check out the Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) online learning database, Lynda.com, for all of these and more!
With this free database (patron’s only need their library card and PIN for access), you can choose from a wide variety of subjects such as: 2D Drawing, Accounting, Branding, Civil Engineering, Computer Skills (Mac and Windows), Film Scoring, Game Development, Home & Small Office, IT, Music Editing, Photography, Social Media Marketing, Time Management, Video Editing, Web Design, and Writing.
The Lynda.com library is browsable by topics, software, and learning paths. “Learning Paths” offer a unique method of study with several individual courses linked together in such a way as to help the learner pursue a particular goal, such as: Become an Asset Artist, Finding and Retaining Talent, Become a Music Producer, Managing Change, Become a Small Business Owner, Design a Logo, or Become a Cloud Developer. Each Learning Path also lists the total hours required to complete so learners know what to expect before they dive in.
There are currently over 3,500 courses with an average of 60 more being added each month!
“Our hope is that by enabling people to take their professional development into their own hands people will be able to pursue their ambitions and not be held back by the cost of traditional learning methods or limiting schedules,” says Alan Niette, NPL Community Outreach Coordinator. “And with the ability to log in from anywhere, patrons can take the courses that interest them anytime they wish!”
For more information regarding library databases or any library service, you may call 318-357-3280. You can even go by either location and library staff will help you to set up an account and familiarize you with any of its new services.