Lynda.com Service Discontinued

Will Harlan | December 7, 2019

We regret to inform you that the Public Library of Brookline will discontinue its subscription to Lynda.com as of December 31, 2019. This decision is based in part on a recommendation, made by the Massachusetts Library Association, that libraries in the Commonwealth discontinue their use of Lynda/LinkedIn Learning until LinkedIn addresses the privacy and data retention/ownership issues inherent in their new product.

We recognize that Lynda.com is a popular service, and we weighed the option of providing access to LinkedIn Learning with disclaimer about the threats to patron privacy. We concluded, however, that the course LinkedIn is determined to follow contravenes the fundamental principles for which libraries stand; we simply cannot provide this resource if we promise to protect the privacy of the public we serve.

To provide some context for this decision: LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft) purchased Lynda.com in 2015, and announced earlier this year that it would be transitioning Lynda content to a new platform called LinkedIn Learning. Current and future users will be required to create LinkedIn accounts in order to access LinkedIn Learning content. This requirement subjects all patrons and their LinkedIn Learning activities to the user, privacy, and cookie policies of LinkedIn, forcing them to agree to a number of stipulations that violate the privacy rights libraries normally guarantee to their users.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Additionally, if you are looking for similar resources, contact a librarian and let us know what you’re looking for. You can also request a one-on-one meeting with a librarian for general technology and software assistance. We’re happy to connect you to the information you need.