I am an advocate of “work smarter not harder” and Lynda.com is helping me practice what I preach. Vol State provides free access to this online education service with its video courses in software, creative, and business skills. In the future I hope to use these courses to explore some personal interests but currently my focus is improving my job skills.
A course on Microsoft Outlook taught me to use rules more effectively and send certain emails to folders. This combined with using flags for follow-ups turned my Inbox into a minimalist’s showcase. I am using courses and playlists in Lynda.com to learn other skills needed for special work projects.
My ah-hah moment with Lynda.com came when I decided to pursue certification as Microsoft Office Specialist through the free MS Certification program offered at Vol State. Since I am a long-time power user of Word I simply reviewed the topics listed on the Microsoft website before taking the test. The MOS test was hard and I didn’t complete it but I passed. I used a Lynda.com course and its accompanying practice files to prep for the Certification test in Excel. I completed the test with time to spare and scored higher than on my Word certification despite only using basic Excel functions on a regular basis.
Want to learn Japanese? Mandarin Chinese? French? German? Italian? Korean? Check out PowerSpeak Languages provided by TEL.
Looking for examples of art and ethnographic objects from Gabon? Reliquary images from the Kota and Fang peoples plus thousands of images from museums and collections around the world are available in Artstor Digital Library.
And for the English essay or research paper due next week? We have many periodical and scholarly journal databases waiting to be searched.
What’s the catch? You have to use the library database links and login with your Vol State username and password.
Join us for a 30 minute Learn @the Library session on NoodleBib. Set up your free account. Learn how to create a citation and works cited page. There are three more sessions this semester – February 22, 28, and 29. Each session starts at 2:30 p.m. in the library’s Research Center which is located on the first floor next to the reference desk.
Online help is available on the NoodleBib tab of our Cite Your Sources LibGuide.