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Lifelong Learning at the Library: New On-Line Resources

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources,
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I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and student. Even though I’ve stopped enrolling in classes through formal education, I have continued to take personal enrichment courses on my own time. For example, I enjoy taking classes on creative writing for fun. I also am a library cardholder and have taken courses on grammar and writing through the Los Angeles Public Library. The library has made continuing education and life learning easier than ever through a plethora of online resources, all of which are at no cost to library cardholders.

In fact, we have recently added the following resources to our already expansive array of online education opportunities. Here’s what we are newly offering:

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people. Figure out your next side project, pick up new skills for your day job, or pursue a lifelong passion.

Coursera's mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs. The platform offers more than 3,800 courses, all taught by top instructors from over 200 leading universities and companies like Yale, the University of Michigan, and Google. Library users can sign up for 6 months of Coursera access on the CA State Library website. After registering, Coursera can be accessed directly at coursera.org.

Northstar is aimed at helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace. The free set of assessments includes these self-guided modules: Essential Computer Skills, Essential Software Skills, and Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy).

We have plenty of more online learning opportunities which we continue to offer. The following resources are focused on job development and updating professional skills: LinkedIn Learning and LearningExpress Library. JobNow/VetNow supports veterans and their families with all stages of job searching, navigating the VA, and more.

These resources are supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.