December 5 – Award-winning online learning company lynda.com announced today a partnership with The New York Public Library (NYPL) to provide the patrons of its Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) with free access to lynda.com’s extensive library of instructional training videos. The partnership marks the online company’s first formal entry into the public library space, providing greater opportunities for the public to benefit from its leading education solutions.
Videos from lynda.com will be available at SIBL on a range of workstations, which allows the Library to provide options for individualized and self-paced training, as well as formal group training and follow-up practice sessions.
SIBL is committed to delivering innovative information and instructional services to meet the needs of its constituents, supporting their educational or entrepreneurial pursuits. Among its many services, SIBL offers:
- Financial consultations, including credit crisis counseling for those in debt and financial planning for New Yorkers trying to save for college or retirement;
- Job search assistance via workshops and databases, as well as one-on-one career coaching and onsite business advisory from SCORE mentors.
Offering patrons access to lynda.com’s videos expands the Library’s ability to meet the needs of its constituents and ensure they benefit from the latest training materials that can enhance their knowledge and allow them to learn at their own pace.
The lynda.com library enables users to learn the software application, design, job search and business skills that can help them achieve their personal and professional goals. The company currently offers more than 1,500 courses on topics as diverse as social media, digital photography and resume writing led by knowledgeable and experienced instructors, with more courses added each week. Through its collaboration with the New York Public Library system, lynda.com can deliver high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials to the larger library community and ensure a greater number of users benefit from its training videos.
“SIBL is thrilled to partner with lynda.com to offer its superb training platform as the perfect complement to the expert instructional and advisory services that the Library already provides New Yorkers,” said Kristin McDonough, director of the Business Library. “Coaches in SIBL’s Job Search Central can assign specific lynda.com modules to help clients plug holes in their resumes. Our business plan competition mentors will refer startups to lynda.com’s graphics instruction to design a company logo or a visually engaging pitch to funders. Moreover, our financial advisors will love lynda.com’s training software applications for balancing household budgets.”
“lynda.com is committed to delivering high-level training solutions to as many people as possible, and our partnership with the New York Public Library brings us closer to that objective,” said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of lynda.com. “We are very pleased to make our videos available to the library’s patrons and connect them to the content that gives them the skills needed to pursue their personal interests and attain their professional goals.”
About The Science, Industry, and Business Library
The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) is a premier public business library founded in 1996 with comprehensive print materials, e-resources, and services for start-ups and established businesses seeking expansion, and for job seekers from entry to executive levels. Library staff provide roving assistance and consultations, and advisory services are offered on-site by experienced business owners, career coaches, and a financial specialist.
About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library was created in 1895 with the consolidation of the private libraries of John Jacob Astor and James Lenox with the Samuel Jones Tilden Trust. The Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services. Its renowned research collections are located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem; and the Science, Industry and Business Library at 34th Street and Madison Avenue. Eighty-seven branch libraries provide access to circulating collections and a wide range of other services in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Research and circulating collections combined total more than 65 million items. In addition, each year the Library presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, which include classes in technology, literacy, and English for speakers of other languages. All in all The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org.
lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials. New courses and topics are added every week at no extra cost. We carefully select the world’s top experts who are the best in their field, passionate about their subject matter, and know how to teach. Members tell us that a lynda.com subscription instills self-confidence and unlocks a sense of accomplishment that they have not found anywhere else. With over a million individual, corporate, academic, and government members, lynda.com was ranked the 13th fastest-growing, privately-held education company in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.