Due to privacy concerns, Deschutes Public Library no longer provides access to Lynda.com as of August 1, 2019. Lynda.com was purchased by social media platform LinkedIn in 2015, and LinkedIn recently rebranded Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning. Part of the transition includes requiring library customers to create a LinkedIn account and profile before being able to access the learning platform; in the past, only a library card number was necessary and no personal information was required. A fundamental right to privacy is a foundational tenet of Deschutes Public Library and all public libraries, as noted in the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights:
“All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.”
We regret the change but are committed to maintaining our customers’ privacy at all times and in all situations. We will continue to search for a learning platform that honors that commitment.