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Ohio Public Libraries, LinkedIn link up

Partnership will help build state’s workforce


COLUMBUS — Ohioans with a library card will have free access to LinkedIn’s online professional skills learning platform, (Lynda), through Ohio’s public libraries.

Lynda contains more than 12,000 courses to help users advance in their career field or jump into a new profession. The Ohio Library Council and the Ohio Public Library Information Network announced a three-year, $710,000 yearly, contract with LinkedIn for the service. Currently, only 30 of Ohio’s 251 public library systems offer access to Lynda. Through this new partnership most of Ohio’s libraries should have access to the platform by the fall of this year.

“Throughout my career as an elected official, I have always worked to promote workforce development to make sure that Ohioans have the skills and education they need to get good paying jobs,” said State Rep. Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton). “At my office hours throughout the 89th House District, I have seen firsthand the incredible array of services that libraries offer Ohioans, and I am proud to highlight this new tool that will be made available to those seeking employment.”

This is the first such agreement between LinkedIn and a statewide public library system and will provide access to business, software, technology, and writing skill video courses, taught by industry experts, to help Ohioans better themselves. These skills can aid those who are seeking their first job, looking to progress their professional career, or striving to achieve personal goals. The skills taught in the videos are strongly correlated with Ohio’s in-demand jobs, helping provide free skill-building tools for current and hopeful employees and a trained workforce for employers.

Normally a paid subscription, Ohioans will not be required to visit the library to access Lynda, and can simply use their library card number and PIN to access this robust resource. With over 8.7 million registered library cardholders in Ohio, this partnership has the potential to impact workforce development throughout the state.