OPL Statement on Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning)

Release Date

Mon, 10/07/2019
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Oakland Public Library subscribed to Lynda.com in October 2018. Since then, the company has changed its terms of service; moving forward, Lynda.com content will be called “LinkedIn Learning,” and to use the platform, LinkedIn will require all users to create a LinkedIn social media profile, which will be publicly searchable on the web. The library has decided to discontinue our subscription due to this stipulation.

You can visit Lynda.com directly and log in with your library credentials through October 18, 2019. After that, you will not be able to access Lynda.com or LinkedIn Learning with your OPL library card.

As you may know, libraries safeguard information privacy in our communities.  We are committed to preserving your privacy as you access information through the library.  We do not keep, disclose, or share data related to your library usage.  We have never required patrons to sign up for a publicly-searchable social media account to use a library resource, and we will not relent in this instance, either.

Please note that LinkedIn’s privacy policy allows for data harvesting and sharing across many of the sites and apps you access on the internet.  Companies like LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Apple, and many other sites, apps, and technologies regularly harvest, collect, and share data related to your personal browsing history. Anything one puts on their LinkedIn profile, any traffic one makes while on the platform, any sites that one connects to the resource (by logging in with your Google or Facebook account), is subject to this data harvesting.

The American Library Association (ALA) and the California Library Association (CLA) have both disavowed LinkedIn’s new terms of service and are encouraging the company to change them in light of the Library Code of Ethics. However, LinkedIn has not indicated their willingness to comply.

We sincerely appreciate your commitment to lifelong learning.  We want to provide you with useful resources and we will continue to take steps to protect your privacy while doing so and are actively pursuing alternative solutions.

If you have questions or comments, please direct them to Mana Tominaga, lead of the E-Resources Team and Supervising Librarian of the Main Library, at 510-238-6611 or mtominaga@oaklandlibrary.org.