Lynda: Librarian Tips

Using the Lynda App

If your patrons log in to Lynda with a Library card number and PIN (ie, if your library uses SIP or API authentication)

To sign in to the Lynda.com app with your library card, select the "Already a member?" option. Then choose the "Organization" tab, and enter your library's web address as the web portal. You'll be directed to a page where you can enter your library card number and PIN or password to connect your library card to the app.

Lynda accepts many variations of your library's web address, so try entering it differently, for example, without http at the beginning, or with https.

Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up the Lynda App.

If your patrons log in with a Lynda.com account (ie, your library uses another authentication method or does not use PINs)

Unfortunately, the Lynda app is not available for these patrons.

Resetting a password

If your patrons log in to Lynda with a Library card number and PIN (ie, if your library uses SIP or API authentication)

Once the patron updates their library card and/or PIN in your library's catelog, that information should work in Lynda.

If your patrons log in with a Lynda.com account (ie, your library uses another authentication method or does not use PINs)

To reset a patron's password on a Lynda account, he or she must call Lynda customer service at 1-888-335-9632.
 

How to Share Certificates of Completion.

Once a Staff/Patron completes the entire course they will be able to save the Certificate of Completion to their desktop in a PDF format.  Have them login into their LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter accounts and post The Certificate of Completion to their account to share their achievement.
 
In LinkedIn, if they click on their profile picture it will bring up all of the different areas of their profile.  Right below where they can share which organizations they belong to, they can add in the Certificate of Completion information to show it in their profile. 
Staff/Patrons cannot use the Share your Achievement within their profile in lyndaLibrary because they are logging into lyndaLibrary with their Library Card and pin/password, not the email address that is associated within LinkedIn.   They can still share this information but it needs to be added by the Staff/Patron themselves.

Instructions with screen shots

 

MARC records for your catalog

Guide to downloading Lynda.com MARC records More tips on editing MARC records can be found here.