Update: LinkedIn Learning and Libraries

August 2, 2019

In June, we shared some planned changes to Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. Since then, we’ve listened to feedback from the library community and want to provide some additional background on why we are making these changes.

Four years ago, LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com because we believe continuous learning plays a critical role in helping people build and develop the skills they need for their work and career.  Our belief is that LinkedIn could uniquely connect all people (instructors, learners, mentors) to an online community where people can learn together through experiences, such as our instructor and learner Q&A feature. Since then, we’ve invested in building a more engaging learning experience and part of this effort is moving from the Lynda platform to LinkedIn Learning.

Profiles help us ensure we give our members a safe, trusted environment where they can interact with real people. We recognize this requirement is a change for public libraries and their patrons. Libraries believe their patrons should have access to information and learning in an anonymous fashion. Similar to how we believe profiles are critical to protecting our members, libraries believe anonymity is critical to protecting their patrons. We deeply respect their position and understand if they choose to not use LinkedIn Learning.

Our members put their trust in us every day and everyday we have to work to earn that trust. Members control their profile and can change their privacy settings. They can choose to make their profile and data not searchable on Google or other search engines. We always respect the decisions of our members and do not share personal data that is restricted by a member’s privacy settings. That’s our commitment to each of our 645 million members.

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