Learning Alert!

The economy is not doing great (that is maybe a crazy understatement) and a lot of people have lost their jobs but let’s not lose hope because LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has made some of its very helpful courses free right now! So, if you need to keep busy, learn something new, need a refresher on a topic you swear you knew, or maybe your resume could use some TLC then look no further.

Let’s take look at some of the free courses that are being offered right now on LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com).


First up is a collection of classes on finding a new job while there is ongoing hardship (like now): Finding a Job during Challenging Economic Times.


These classes focus on several different areas of finding a new job – the job search itself, resume work, and when you need to nail your job interview just to name a few. If you need your own personal job coach right now these classes are for you!

Maybe the above classes do not apply to you right now, but you are working from home for the first time. Worry not there are classes to help you as well under the umbrella of classes called: Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success.


This set of classes will work on your time management skills, productivity tips, and how to work with a good number of the leading virtual meeting tools (Skype, Zoom, and BlueJeans to name a few). So if you are new to the home office situation then these classes might right up your alley.


Maybe you just need something to help you combat stress and build endurance for these trying times than these 8 free classes on mindfulness, stress management, and resilience are for you:

Mindfulness Practices

The Mindful Workday

Mindful Meditations for Work and Life

Managing Stress for Positive Change

How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed

Balancing Work and Life

Building Resilience

Grit: How Teams Persevere to Accomplish Great Goals


Are you a teacher who has suddenly been given the tall task of teaching online with no frame of reference for what that should look like? These free classes are for you!

Learning to Teach Online

Teaching with Technology

Teaching Technical Skills Through Video

Teaching Online: Synchronous Classes

Teaching Techniques: Creating Multimedia Learning

Teaching Techniques: Classroom Cloud Strategy


Maybe you are an educator who needs a rundown on different collaboration tools for both you and your coworkers? Here are the best classes for you.

Office 365 for Educators

Microsoft Teams for Education

Google Hangouts Essential Training

WordPress Essential Training

WordPress for Education

And this is just a sample of the classes that LinkedIn Learning is offering for free during this time of crisis so go ahead and browse their site to see what else is being offered free to the public – no library card required! A friendly reminder that just because the site asks you to start a free trial does not mean you should feel obligated to sign up for a trial.

We here in the libraries of Allegheny County continue to wish everyone well and encourage you to keep learning and keep growing!


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Dig Deeper into the News of the Day with The Economist. Now available on OverDrive!

the economist

The Economist is an international weekly newspaper printed in magazine-format and published digitally that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology. Download the latest edition from OverDrive or OverDrive’s app, Libby.

From politics to business and finance, from science and technology to the arts. The Economist offers fact-checked, authoritative insight into the news of the world.

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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LearningExpress Has You Covered

Do you need job resources or something to keep your edge during this quarantine? Don’t worry EBSCO’s Learning Express has you covered, and it has something for practically every age!


It doesn’t matter if you are looking for something for your elementary student, you are prepping for your GED, or you are an older student just looking to stay fresh on your core job skills. Learning Express knows you have learning goals and they don’t disappear during a pandemic.

We at the libraries also know it has been really hard without someone around to help your brush up on your computer skills but worry no more as Learning Express has an entire section devoted entirely to the conundrum that is computer skills!


Only interested in career skills and how to get that perfect job? There is a Job & Career Accelerator section just for you. This area of Learning Express can help your find the job that is just right for you, search for internships and jobs, and get access to tools to help you get that dream job.


College life has been drastically changed by the current state of the world and that goes for how things may change for college admissions and test as well – taking time now to begin preparing for those tests could be a huge help in the months to come. You will want to check out Learning Express’ College Admissions and Test Preparations section to stay on top of tests like the ACT and SAT.


Things can definitely feel out of control right now and that can add to our stress but with Learning Express you can take back a bit of control. Begin using Learning Express to get ahead of your goals whether they are helping your child with school, planning for your dream job, or just brushing up on your Excel skills.

Let Learning Express help you – you have got this!


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Auto Repair Source to Replace Chilton


The State Library of Pennsylvania now offers to all public libraries Auto Repair Source and Small Engine Repair Reference Center (SERRC). Because of these offerings, the countywide Digital Resources Committee (DRC) considered whether we need to continue to offer Chilton.

The DRC members did an evaluation of all three resources. While we found value in Chilton name recognition, the committee decided to cancel our Chilton subscription because of the overlap in content with Auto Repair Source.

Our current Chilton subscription ends on April 30. After that time, please direct customers who are looking for auto and engine repair resources to Auto Repair Center or Small Engine Repair Center.

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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