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Ohio Public Libraries to Offer Thousands of Online Skill Courses for Free

photo of computer with Lynda.com
JO INGLES
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Ohio public library cardholders can access the courses from the comfort of their own homes or at the libraries.

Ohioans who want to learn new job skills will soon have the chance to do that through the state’s public libraries.

The website Lynda.com offers more than 12,000 videos that teach computer skills and software. Now, public library users throughout Ohio can access that website free by simply plugging in their library card number.

Michelle Francis of the Ohio Library Council said this will help Ohioans learn important job skills without leaving their homes.

“We are excited to be the first in the nation to offer this statewide and to ensure there are no barriers as far as access,” she said.

Library cardholders who don’t have personal computers or internet access can use the computers at their local libraries.

The service is part of the job search social network LinkedIn. 

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.