Learning New Skills Online with Your Library Card

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Learning New Skills Online with Your Library Card

Blair shares all that she's learned during quarantine thanks to online library resources

The pandemic has been trying. Even with the many struggles of living through the past year, there have been some good things to come about. Most people can say that they have learned something new about themselves or found new interests to occupy the loads of free time some of us now have. A wonderful source to help us with this is our neighborhood libraries. Several library resources are easily accessible online! Learning a new skill, practicing something you already know, reading the latest romance novels, or just perusing the latest magazines can be achieved through DCLibrary.org. The catalog includes but is not limited to Mango Languages, Universal Class and LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as Lynda.com). These are also my favorite. They make it simple and easy for anyone to use. Each of these programs provide lessons and tools for practicing and learning a new skill.

Thinking of learning a new language? With over 70 different languages to choose from, Mango Languages provides an interactive course with audio tutorials to assist your learning process. You can practice reading, listening, and speaking your new language and will be guided through a course designed to help you excel in your newfound knowledge. When using Mango Languages I was able to practice my French. The lessons offered helped me in my school work since I'm currently taking  French class in school. I use what I learn through Mango Languages to help me excel in my class studies, but of course, you can use this site simply for fun.

Another great source is Universal Class. This site offers over 500 free online classes led by real instructors who will give you continuous feedback on your progress. You can explore new hobbies, fun skills and random knowledge such as baking, general education, art and crafts as well as personal development. Universal Class is one of my favorite and efficient tools the library offers. So far, I've practiced digital photography through Universal class and the course has provided me with a great experience. It gave me a comprehensive overview of digital camera designs and capabilities, and the series of steps to take great photographs and so far I've learned a lot of useful skills.

Lastly, I wanted to bring to light LinkedIn Learning. This site offers unlimited access to an online library of high-quality instructional videos taught by industry experts on everything you need such as creating a resume, writing essays, and more to help improve your studies. I recently participated in a lesson called  “Photoshop 2021 Essential Training: Design” the lesson was published by Julieanne Kost. In this course, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to efficiently work with Smart Objects and Smart Filters and so many more new tools to help editors meet the industry standard for photo editing. Check out some of the great photos I took as a result of this class and the one I took through Universal Class. I was able to learn how to do so much through a single training course.

To see more of my photography, check out my Instagram @thechoiceofamuse

Learning a new skill or taking on a new hobby has become so much easier through goDigital on dclibrary.org. Visit dclibrary.org/godigital and check out all you can learn to do with your library card right now.