Lynda.com upgrade postponed

18 Sep 2019

Our online resource Lynda.com will soon have a new name - LinkedIn Learning. You will still have free access to the same content through your library membership but there will be changes to the log in process and overall look of the platform. This upgrade will be happening on Wednesday 18 September and to facilitate this, Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning will be offline until Thursday 19 September. 

What is happening?

The account you currently have with Lynda.com will be upgraded to LinkedIn Learning. The URL to the platform will change and while it will still be in its regular spot on our website, we recommend deleting the Lynda.com link from your browsing history or if you have saved it as a bookmark. 

The most notable change to this upgrade is the authentication process. Due to detection of fake accounts and unauthenticated use of LinkedIn, users must now have an account with LinkedIn to access the content on LinkedIn Learning for Libraries

If you have an existing profile with LinkedIn, you can use this profile to authenticate your LinkedIn Learning for Libraries account. This won't affect your use of LinkedIn but you will notice a couple of things. Firstly, your Lynda.com data may be used to personalise your experience across LinkedIn. This just means that course recommendations will begin to appear in your feed and these are based on your current and previous roles, listed skills and connected network. Secondly, you will be able to log into LinkedIn Learning from your LinkedIn profile. 

If you do not have an existing profile with LinkedIn, we would like to reassure you that you are in full control of the security and visibility settings on your profile. Essentially, you have two options when setting up your profile:

You can have an obscure profile - This type of profile is completely controllable through the Privacy Settings. You will need to enter your first name but your surname only has to contain one letter. You also have the option to turn off your profile's public visibility, which means you have the ability to manage who can discover you on LinkedIn. A profile picture is not necessary with this type of profile. 

You can have a complete and highly searchable profile - This type of profile is best when building a professional brand and is highly recommended for professionals, students and job seekers. Keep in mind that this type of profile will be visible through a Google and LinkedIn search. 

When you log in for the first time after the upgrade, a Help article will become available to you. It will outline the relevant options available to you for customising your privacy settings. 

How will it happen?

Our scheduled day for the upgrade is Wednesday 18 September. The Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning will be unavailable until Thursday 19 September when you will be able to log into LinkedIn Learning.

When you log in for the first time to LinkedIn Learning, you will be asked to sign in to LinkedIn or join up. 

If you have an existing profile with LinkedIn, enter your log in details. You will then be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN as normal. If you keep yourself logged in through your browser, it will automatically direct you to the library card authentication log in. 

If you do not have an existing profile with LinkedIn, you will need to select 'Join Now' if you wish to continue using the platform. To join, enter an email address, create a six or more character password and enter your first and last name. If you would like to keep your account obscure, using only one letter for your surname. 

The next step will then be to verify your LinkedIn account and this is done by entering a code. LinkedIn will send a verification code to the email address you used to sign up. After this step, you then enter your library card number and PIN. 

You will then be a part of LinkedIn Learning! Please be advised the authentication of your LinkedIn Learning account happens only once at the time you sign in after the update. 

Is there anything else we should know? 

As long as you use the same library card number, your learning history will be carried across the LinkedIn Learning. 

You will also be able to learn in other languages for the first time, as LinkedIn Learning now offers courses in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese. 

You will still be able to learn through an app however it will be the LinkedIn Learning app from Thursday 19 September. All you need to do is authenticate your LinkedIn Learning account via your desktop or mobile browser. This must be done first in order to access the new platform. 

We understand there are many changes coming your way so please send us an email if you have any further questions.  You can also phone our digital services team on 4974 5304 or send us a message via our Facebook page.