Somerset County Library System of New Jersey | Connect, Explore, Share, Discover Changes2019-09-25T08:43:17-05:00
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Late on September 24, we heard from LinkedIn that they are delaying SCLSNJ’s transition from to LinkedIn learning until at least October 14, 2019 (instead of September 25, as previously communicated).

They have heard from many public library patrons across the country and are pausing the transition process in order to “continue our discussions with the library community and understand if we can build an online learning solution that meets the needs of public libraries and library patrons.”

We will keep access active until at least October 14, and we will post updates here as we receive them from LinkedIn.

Our access to will end as of Monday, October 14.

LinkedIn, which owns the product, has significantly changed their licensing terms, and will require any patron who wants to use to have a verified LinkedIn account as of October 14.

SCLSNJ values the privacy and confidentiality of our patrons’ use of library resources. We feel LinkedIn is crossing a line by requiring patrons to provide personally identifiable information to a private company in order to use a library resource. That’s why we have decided not to continue our subscription under these terms.

The good news is that one of our major database vendors is currently in talks with another provider of this kind of online learning platform to make it available to libraries. We feel confident that because they work so extensively with libraries already, they make meeting our privacy needs a priority. We hope to have this replacement product in place by December 2019. In the meantime, we’ve put a list of alternate resources that might meet your needs at the end of this page.

What can I do?

If you would like to voice your opinion about this change directly with LinkedIn, you can email Farhan Syed, Vice President of Client Solutions, at

If you have questions about SCLSNJ’s decision to discontinue our subscription to, email Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman at

What are other libraries doing?

While some public libraries have decided to accept LinkedIn’s new terms, many others have made a similar decision to drop the product. The articles below provide a snapshot of other libraries’ responses:

CNBC: LinkedIn Change to Learning Tool’s Registration Upsets Librarians (

Jackson Hole News & Guide: Libraries Blast Media Giant about Public Privacy Concerns (

San Jose Spotlight: San Jose Public Library Faces Off with LinkedIn over Privacy Concerns (

CalMatters: Libraries guarantee patrons’ privacy. That’s why LinkedIn’s policy is so troubling. ( LinkedIn to Libraries: Drop Dead (

ZDNet: American Library Association Blasts LinkedIn for Intrusive TOS Changes (

American Library Association press release (

Other Online Learning Resources

Free Resources

Khan Academy
LearningExpress Library
Free with your SCLSNJ library card
TED Talks organized by curriculum subject

Paid Resources

Some free content; Pro subscription available
First month free for new users
Costs vary per class
updated 9/25/2019
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