When I first moved to Manatee County almost 5 years ago, I was disappointed that the Library System did not offer Lynda.com tutorials online. Both the Seminole County (FL) and Orange County (FL) Libraries began to offer the service just before I moved from that area.
Lynda.com, which is now a part of LinkedIn, is an online library of unlimited on-demand instructional videos covering a wide range of software, creative programs, productivity, design, and business skills. You watch at your own pace to learn new skills and technologies. You can use exercise files to practice on projects within the software application you are learning (you must have the software installed to practice).
I have found that every course that I have taken on Lynda.com was done professionally by experts in that field. The lessons were easy to follow, comprehensive, and well-paced.
To access Lynda.com, all you need is a Manatee Library Card and use your card number plus a pin that you created when you received your card. You give your name and email address. Then you have access to all the courses on Lynda. They are divided into over 200 categories including design, photography, programming, animation, and much more.
Thank you, Manatee Library system, for adding this resource to my library services.