Andover Public Library now offers Lynda.com, a web-based learning platform with over 6,000 different subjects. Subjects range from computer skills to business skills and even how to play a musical instrument. Learn the ins-and-outs of Microsoft Excel or Autodesk Fusion 360, or learn Python computer programing. But you can also learn to play the guitar, or how to write music, or even learn algebra in addition to other skills for both students and adults.
Each course offers step by step instruction. There are quizzes and practice environments for deeper learning and practical use. You will receive learning reminders to encourage you and keep you on track. Make learning social by pairing up with colleagues. Learn anytime, anywhere - start a course on a desktop and finish it on your smartphone or vice-versa.
Learn in bite-size chunks. Courses are broken into short videos so you don't have to tie up hours on your computer. Or watch just part of a longer course so you can digest what you learn before going on.
Build all sorts of professional skills or build on skills you already have. You can learn how to become a web developer, manager, bookkeeper, project manager, small business owner, marketer, or illustrator. For a full list of topics and courses go to https://www.lynda.com/subject/all (This link only takes you to the list of courses. To access the courses themselves you must go to https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=andoverlibraryohio.org).
Just go to the library's webpage at http://www.andover.lib.oh.us. Click on the yellow button under the website header that says "FREE ONLINE TRAINING." That will take you to the Lynda.com website where you can enter your library card information and PIN number. Don't know your PIN number? Give us a call at 440-293-6792. You must use the link from the Andover Public Library website in order to use your Andover Library card.
Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) has added this new educational database to their already extensive offering of databases. Recently they added the Ancestry.com database. Other databases available to any Ohioan public library patron include Home Improvement, World Book Encyclopedias, Chilton Library of auto repairs, and many others. Through our CLEVNET membership we have access to Consumer Reports, and Gale Legal Forms, among others. Many of the databases do not require a library card to access them, but Lynda.com and Ancestry.com do. You can find the entire list of available databases at http://www.andover.lib.oh.us/databases.php.